In January 2020, we launched our Work Ready Coach programme aimed at helping residents get back into work.
The programme provides tailored support around finding jobs, education, training and volunteering placements.
Significantly, residents also receive dedicated wellbeing support to help them address and deal with any mental health, domestic violence and antisocial behaviour issues that may prevent them from seeking employment.
More than 40 residents have so far benefited from the help available and the project continues to go from strength to strength.
The programme first started in Liverpool and has since been rolled out to nearby Sefton, West Lancashire, Warrington, St Helens and Knowsley.
Work Ready Coach Lisa Rice said: “The programme was brought in as a way of supporting our residents who were potentially looking for a way back into work or training.
“The thing that sets the programme apart is the fact that it’s a very holistic approach; it’s not just geared up to solely writing CVs and getting people job interviews but looking at any potential barriers that could stop them from even considering work or training or voluntary work.”
Originally planned as a 12-month pilot with funding from Rexel, the WRC programme is now in its second year thanks to further financial support from Travis Perkins and is set to continue into 2022.
While the pandemic replaced face-to-face contact with text messages and email, engagement remains high. Those taking part can also get help to develop their CV writing skills and interview technique as well as find training and work experience opportunities.
Lisa continued: “I absolutely love it. I’m really passionate about it and love seeing the result of people being helped through the programme.
“Since the pandemic, it’s morphed into something that none of us imagined it would do. It’s become something that people do see as a bit of a lifeline. Trying to get yourself onto a new path can be daunting where to start and sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming.
“It gives that helping hand where it’s needed but the coaching element allows other people to empower themselves by making the decisions that they believe are right for them.”