Drop-in sessions to support Hartlepool residents into work or training

Two drop-in sessions are being held at the Belle Vue Centre in Hartlepool to encourage more people to find out about an innovative new work and training scheme.

Step Forward Tees Valley, which is run by the Northern Inclusion Consortium (NIC) and jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, aims to get local people into work and training.

The project is targeting people who have previously found it hard to get a job because of issues such as self-confidence, addiction, a conviction or ill health. A group of 23 partners and local employers have come together to help develop employability skills by addressing those barriers that have previously prevented people from finding work or training.

People can apply to join the project or be referred by an organisation they are already in contact with. Once accepted, they will be partnered with ‘a navigator’ who is with them every step of the way, reviewing what help they need and ensuring they get the right support from a range of specialist services, helping to build on their strengths. These services include: health, employment support, financial support, digital skills, volunteering, employer engagement, and enterprise.

To showcase what’s on offer, staff from Step Forward Tees Valley will be at the Belle Vue Centre from 10am-noon on Thursday 9 and 23 February.

Helen Collins, programme manager, said: “We are very keen to meet as many people as possible and talk about what we do. If you feel there is something stopping you, or someone you know, back from work or training we can help you overcome that barrier.

“We work with specialist agencies in a range of fields, including health and life and employment skills, so we can help you tackle your issues and make a real and lasting change.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the project is welcome to attend the drop-ins. If you think you, or someone you know, could benefit from the project come along on the day, visit the website www.sfteesvalley.co.uk or call 01429 363108. You can also find the project on Twitter @SFTeesValley or Facebook /stepforwardteesvalley.



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