Diary Tuesday 25th October 2016

Photo taken by me – my 2016 diary
Preston, England
October 26, 2016 3:00am CST
A lot to do today starting with my visit to the food bank as I am entitled to pick up some free food to help tide me through due to my unemployment and debts crisis. I had no idea what to expect and finding the right entrance to the little church used to store the foods was not easy. Inside, volunteers assisted me in gaining a few staple ingredients, mostly tinned long life products, plus a frozen sliced loaf and two bottles of shampoo soap too. It will help ensure that I eat OK for a few weeks now. I put the stuff away in my pantry and fridge and bathroom. In the afternoon I got a call from a debt advisory service. They were very helpful but ultimately my ongoing payment plan shouldn’t change. Later, I had an interview concerning my request for voluntary work with the university counselling services This went very well. They advised me to wait a week to decide whether to commit to it or not as it can be an emotionally demanding counselling role but I’m confident I will do it. I got two paid job interviews lined up too, one for Tuesday with a call centre and the other one tomorrow for a warehouse for work over Christmas. I told the interviewer on the phone that I already have seasonal work lined up for this period at which point she got very aggressive insisting that I see if she can match it in hours and wages – I would have told her to stuff it at that point but as she is seeing interviewees at the welfare offices I’ve no choice but to play along for now. Arthur Chappell
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@jennyjoy (1967)
• Bangalore, India
26 Oct 16
Hope you get what suits you best.
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@TRBRocks420 (73931)
• Banks, Oregon
26 Oct 16
Good luck with finding a job.
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@Sasquatchy (1115)
• Canada
26 Oct 16
Just play the game!
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• Preston, England
26 Oct 16
@Sasquatchy always do
@Corbin5 (100138)
• United States
26 Oct 16
That food bank really is a big help. Yes, it is wise to be nice as can be to those at the welfare office.
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@TheSojourner (17479)
• United States
26 Oct 16
I will keep my fingers crossed for you. It sounds like you are doing what you can do to move yourself forward. I commend you for what you're doing, and for being vulnerable enough to talk about it. None of us is alone, and your courage to share is what helps others. Please let us know how the interviews go!
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@KristenH (23318)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
26 Oct 16
Glad things are working out for you, except for that aggressive interviewee. Good for you to have seasonal work to help pay our bills. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
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@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
27 Oct 16
can always show up smelling strongly of something gross, lol
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• Preston, England
27 Oct 16
@Jessicalynnt or deliberately fail the usually simple written tests they set - sometimes the employers do tell the welfare people how applicants sent by welfare behaved so it is best to be cautious with such tactics
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• Centralia, Missouri
27 Oct 16
@arthurchappell well I don't mean booze or anything, just of say fish and garlic, like your lunch, etc lol
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• Preston, England
27 Oct 16
@Jessicalynnt garlic is a good one to roll with
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• Rochester, New York
26 Oct 16
I hope you are able to find a good job very soon. I know in these times it's very hard to find them.
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