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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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?

The project is funded until December 2019. We will work with the participant for as long as needed to enter into employment, education or training.

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.