Dagenham mum with dyslexia meets minister as she picks up her first long-term job

PUBLISHED: 15:40 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:38 22 May 2013

Samantha Mimms with minister for disabled people Esther McVey

Samantha Mimms with minister for disabled people Esther McVey

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A mum with dyslexia has become the 2,000 person to be employed by Sainsbury’s since it launched a partnership with disability charity, Remploy.

Samantha Mimms, from Dagenham, received a plaque from minister for disabled people, Esther McVey, on Monday to mark the special milestone.

Ms McVey heard how Samantha, who left school without qualifications, had never had a long term job before joining Sainsbury’s, having dedicated most of the last 20 years to bringing up a young family.

Last year, with her children grown up, she enrolled at the Adult College in Dagenham to study English.

While on the course Samantha was referred to disability charity Remploy for support in finding her first job.

Remploy have a partnership with Sainsbury’s helping people back into work and before long Samantha was offered a job at the chain’s Bloomsbury Local store in central London.

Samantha said: “I didn’t have a lot of confidence at first, partly because I had never had a full-time job but also because of my dyslexia, which has always held me back.

“But I knew I didn’t want to be a stay-at-home mum forever so I set out to change my life.

The 36-year-old is working in the Food to Go kitchen and is “loving every minute.”

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