Getting Back, Moving On – back to work project
A year-long LCVS pilot project got under way in Grantham in 2017 to support parents to get back to work, training or volunteering via free personal development workshops.
It involved the delivery of three programmes of workshops at Children’s Centres in Grantham to help participants build their confidence, develop transferable skills and pick up tips for applications and interviews, with free childcare provided.
“It was great to remind yourself what skills you do have” – course participant
Each of the three programmes was set to include the following three workshops:
- Tips for a more confident you: Discover tools to overcome negative thinking, be assertive and identify your skills and strengths.
- Growing your strengths and skills: Discover how volunteering can benefit health and wellbeing, social connections and employment prospects. Find out how to identify and develop your skills and move closer to finding your ideal job role. Signposting and support to access volunteering opportunities will be provided.
- Feeling employable: Learn how to demonstrate your transferable skills and sell yourselves on paper applications and in person through practice recruitment situations.
“It was great to have a picture of where you want to be and have something to work towards” – course participant
Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) received £ 4,500 to fund the ‘Getting Back / Moving On’ project from Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities. It was enabled thanks to a partnership with Pre-School Learning Alliance.
The grant covered the time, cost of materials and expertise involved to develop the programme content, deliver the workshops, analyse the outcomes and provide childcare and basic refreshments to participants.
“The confidence building tools were very useful”