Par­ents gain help with work

Ayrshire Post - - Business -

Bosses at North Ayrshire Coun­cil have gained first hand ex­pe­ri­ence of their We Work For Fam­i­lies pro­gramme.

Coun­cil leader, Joe Cul­li­nane, met with those who have suc­cess­fully com­pleted the ini­tia­tive.

The coun­cil, to­gether with the Len­nox Part­ner­ship, launched the We Work For Fam­i­lies pro­gramme in 2017.

Since then, 104 par­ents have re­ceived a pack­age of sup­port tai­lored to their in­di­vid­ual needs and as­pi­ra­tions.

Some of those par­ents have only just be­gun on their jour­ney but al­ready a third of par­ents have moved into em­ploy­ment or have gone on to col­lege.

Funded by the Euro­pean So­cial Fund, the pro­gramme of­fers tai­lored sup­port pack­ages for par­ents wish­ing to re­turn to work but lack work ex­pe­ri­ence and con­fi­dence to do so.

The ini­tia­tive pro­vides sup­port with debt, child­care and hous­ing is­sues ( par­tic­u­larly pri­vate ten­an­cies) and helps par­ents plan and pre­pare for re­turn­ing to work in­clud­ing help with find­ing job.

Cllr Cul­li­nane said: “We want to trans­form the lives of children ex­pe­ri­enc­ing poverty, but to do this we need to trans­form the lives of par­ents – this is ex­actly what this project set out to do.

“We are al­ready be­gin­ning to see the ben­e­fits with 18 peo­ple who have com­pleted the pro­gramme go­ing onto se­cure a job.

“I spoke with two young women who have fin­ished the work­shops and they were both de­lighted with how the ini­tia­tive has helped boost their con­fi­dence and help them to se­cure jobs.”

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