Woman jobless since 16 dreams of ‘selling jam’ and applied for 65 jobs in a day

An unemployed woman who has been on the dole since she left school 19 years ago is desperate for a job

Sarah Duffin just wants to be "given a chance" and even applied for up to 65 jobs in one day.

If any job came up, Miss Duffin says she would take it, but it is her dream to set up a business selling jam, curds and her own home grown produce.

After failing to land a job since she left school at 16 with no qualifications, the 35-year-old has known nothing else but signing on the dole, reports Hull Live.

But she is begging for employment and claims she will "work anywhere, anytime as anything" just to get her foot on the job ladder.

She said: "It's so disheartening and I don't know what I'd do without my mum as she is my rock and otherwise I'd just give in.

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"I've done courses on employability skills, health and safety, catering and food hygiene, English, maths, IT and I've done so many different types of volunteering, including at charity shops, but none of it has got me anywhere.

"The other day I applied for 65 jobs in a day and didn't get a single interview."

Even though Sarah has attended many courses, she claims that she cannot find work because she has no practical experience, despite sending off hundreds of job applications each week.

Just this month, Miss Duffin told Hull Live that her her ambitions to work in catering are being hampered by being forced to attend employability sessions and apply for cleaning roles, instead of volunteering in a kitchen to gain experience.


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Despite the Department of Work and Pensions authorising her volunteer placement, and allaying her fears of being sanctioned should she not attend the employability sessions run by Standguide, Sarah has hit yet another brick wall by missing out on the opportunity.

"Because of all the faffing about with me trying to volunteer at St Margaret's Welcome Centre in Longhill as a kitchen assistant volunteer, whilst at the same time fighting the DWP to let me attend, I've missed out on the opportunity and now I'm back to square one all over again," she said.

"I had a spark of hope when I thought I could do my volunteering, but now I'm lonely, down, desperate and suicidal all over again.

"All I want is to work and be given a chance. I'll work anywhere, anytime as anything and I'm reliable and trustworthy and just want someone to set me on."

Every two weeks, Miss Duffin gets £146 every two weeks on benefits which she says she struggles to survive on, and previously told Hull Live she had been left unable to get help to get a job because of her age.

She has put herself forward for education courses at various institutions but, as these are mainly aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds, has been unable to gain a place.

Despite applying for hundreds of jobs, Miss Duffin has been left with many unanswered applications, or has been turned down after going for interviews.

On top of her jobseeking woes, the situation at home is also tough for Miss Duffin, who has never been able to get her own place and independence due to her finances.

She currently lives with her 64-year-old mother Audrey who cares for her 37-year-old brother Matthew, who is disabled and has testicular and stomach cancer.

She said: "Ideally I want to work in catering and I'll love a job selling jams and curds either by the roadside or from the market with the fresh produce I could grow in my greenhouse, but I really will do anything, but keep getting knock back after knock back.

"It's boring and I get p***ed off and fed up of being home all day but I do my best to help my mum, who is 64 and a carer for my older brother who has cancer and is disabled and blind with kidney stones at the moment.

"I don't know what else I can do if anyone out there could give me a job I wouldn't hesitate to accept it."

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