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Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

West of England Works

This project receives financial support from the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

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Case Study - GB

When GB was referred to BBO, he had been out of work for 2 years due to an injury he had sustained. He had very low confidence and didn’t know how to start job searching on his own. GB also struggles to read written English which made job searching very challenging for him.

The job coach encouraged him to put himself out there and start to contact potential employers, and supported GB to attend a local jobs fair. From this, his confidence increased, enabling him to take his job searching to the next level. He updated his CV, attended the local job club and spoke with potential course providers with regards to training opportunities.

GB then reached the point where he could confidently job search on his own and was invited to two interviews in the space of a week. He was successful on both occasions and accepted the forklift role with B&Q at their warehouse in Yate. He is very happy to be back in paid employment and is looking forward to earning his own income and independence once again.

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Case Study - JG

JG self-referred on the West of England Works project in April 2019. JG previously struggled to find work due to a range of barriers which included a lack of confidence as a result of his combined disabilities, and poor self-worth. The job coach and JG co-created an action plan that included regular one-to-one sessions, activities included building confidence, signposting, improving communication skils, interview techniques and improving practical job-seeking skills. The job coach and JG looked at a range of apprenticeships but they didn’t meet JG's needs and most of them offered a wage which was very low.

JG volunteered in the community during his time on the project, this helped build necessary people skills and confidence. JG volunteered at The Limes Day Centre, duties included gardening and site maintenance, this provided a structure and a range of weekly tasks to complete.

Within a few months of being on the project, JG quickly developed the skills he needed to later progress into paid employment.

A paid opportunity with CYN (Creative Youth Network) for a weekend grounds person with responsibility for managing operations during weekends. JG applied for this position, was interviewed and successful in gaining paid employment.

How we can help

If you are unemployed, this project can help you breakdown your barriers to enable you to find employment, education or training.

A job coach will work with you one-to-one to come up with an action plan and support you to overcome any issues that are preventing you from employment or training.

The job coach can then meet with you on a regular basis that suits you, to help you overcome any issues you are facing.

We have helped over 175 people since the project launched in January 2017.

The project is led by Weston College and is a collaboration of locally based voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations working across the West of England.

Am I Eligible?

Before you can take part, you must be;

  • Currently unemployed
  • Aged 15+
  • Live in South Gloucestershire
  • Have the legal right to work in the UK
  • Face multiple barriers into education, training or employment (at least two from the list below)

Do any of these barriers apply to you?

  • Mental health
  • Medical condition
  • Lack of qualifications or skills
  • Offender and ex-offenders
  • Drug or alcohol misuse
  • Parental or carer responsibilities
  • Lack of transport
  • Single parent or family issues
  • Physical health or disability
  • Domestic violence
  • Financial issues or debt
  • Learning disability
  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Long term unemployed
  • Social isolation
  • Over 50 years old

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to participate in the project?

There is no cost to be involved in this project and the support is completely free.

How long can I stay on the project?

We will work with the participant for as long as needed to enter into employment, education or training subject to funding.

Will taking part affect my benefits?

Your benefits should not be affected but you may need to keep the jobcentre updated on your involvement with the project. We work closely with the local Job Centres so they should be aware of the project. We can provide a letter to your Work Coach to confirm that you have started on the project.