Peter was lacking in confidence and had many complex barriers. His needs included needing an updated CV, improved confidence, and some skills and qualifications.
After being assigned a mentor, Peter was put forward for a 12 week course with Groundworks; the main focus being the creation of a usable space for the community. It offered a level one accreditation in volunteering and community engagement so was an ideal starting point for gaining some qualifications.
Once the course finished, Peter became a lot more pro-active and his job searching increased dramatically, but at the last minute Peter would always lose confidence due to issues over who would look after his daughter.
In 2018, Peter was invited to join a different cohort with Groundworks – it was an environment he felt comfortable in and he was really motivated. Together, Peter and his mentor Mel made an application to Groundworks and, due to someone cancelling, he was offered a place on the Roots to Skills course.
Peter gained motivation and was proud of his achievements. The space that he helped develop would benefit members of the community and this was a great achievement for him.
Once the course was completed, supported by Mel Peter once again began job searching. He had been able to commit to two days a week during the Roots to Skills course which meant that together they looked predominantly for part time employment, utilising Peter’s skills.
During this time Peter was also independently job searching in-between the mentoring session and, after discussion with our DWP Advisors, it was felt that he had overcome many of his initial barriers and was ready to go into work with a more intensive job searching support. It was decided that it would be beneficial for Peter to transfer to the DWP Advisor. This is a great step and shows what fantastic progress Peter was making.
Peter went from strength to strength, accessing via his Advisor a place on the Conwy Recycling Pathway that CFW+ had created alongside CCBC colleagues. He did so well that he was offered part time hours – initially under 15 hours – but as his confidence grew so did his willingness to commit to more regular full time hours.
This is an excellent example of how effective the support offered by our mentors can result is such a great outcome for our participants. Peter continues to work for Conwy County Borough Council within the Recycling Department and is very happy to be in employment.
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*Our participant’s name has been changed to keep his identity confident.