Get Work Ready!

Get Work Ready!

Unemployed people and those with a disability are to get a confidence boost in North Warwickshire.

Over fourteen thousand pounds has been secured by the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire to run a new project called Volunteering To Confidence and Employment.

The project will sign people up who are struggling to find work or who are finding it difficult to apply for jobs due to lack of self-confidence or self-esteem. Through training, people will be able to identify what new skills they need to help them improve their employability. They will then be invited to attend training and to start a volunteering opportunity to help them gain these new skills.

Centre Manager Martin Horner said “We are really pleased that we have been able to secure the money to help people in North Warwickshire through volunteering. The project will enable the people we work with to add the new skills and training to CV’s. They will also be able to use volunteering as evidence to employers that they haven’t sat around doing nothing, but have got out there and done something active in their local community.”

Martin, Adam and Julie demonstrate some of the volunteering opportunities available through the project.

Martin, Adam and Julie demonstrate some of the volunteering opportunities available through the project.

Throughout their time on the course, the volunteers will get support from the Volunteer Centre’s Development Coordinator Adam Farrell.

Adam said ““we know that some people want extra support when volunteering and that’s what this project is all about. It’s about helping individuals gain new skills at their own pace and in a way they feel comfortable with.”

The project has been funded by the European Social Fund, awarded by the Heart of England Community Foundation.

Adam added “We’ll take things at the individuals pace. People will be able to decide when they are ready to volunteer. It might be that they want training in a specific area before they start volunteering, we’ll be able to help with that. Whatever a person’s interest, background or skills we can help. We can find a volunteering opportunity that is right for someone. We’ve got roles in gardening, office administration, marketing, computing, cooking, DIY and much more.”

You can find out more about the course by giving Adam a call on 01827 717073 or popping into one of the Volunteer Centre’s job clubs. One is held at the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire on Tuesdays 1 – 3pm and the other at Dordon Village Hall on Wednesdays 1.30 – 3.30pm.

You can also get yourself onto the project by going to the website www.vcnw.org.uk/employment.