Get Socially Active is a free and friendly one to one coaching support service, for you if you are thinking about or feeling pressured into finding work or entering into learning, but need help to do it. If you are unemployed or not working for reasons such as carer responsibilities, managing a disability or long term illness and are aged 19 to 50+.
We can help you:
● Identify and overcome barriers
● Build confidence
● Develop skills
● Access existing local learning and support services
● Get hands on experience and an all-important reference
● Reach your goals
We can help you help your community at the same time by:
● Setting up community groups that your community want and need
● Get work experience with a local social enterprises that can give you valuable experience, an up to date reference whilst doing good for the community
so act… contact the team.
We have projects in:
Newhaven • George Stonehouse • [email protected] • 07796 869 496
Central Brighton • Oonagh O’Brien • [email protected] • 01273 810 207
Portslade & Fishersgate • Christine Hollywood • [email protected] • 07825 862 053
Helping unemployed people make a positive change in their lives
Friends Centre has secured funding from the European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund for a new project called “Get Socially Active” that will help unemployed and socially inactive people get involved in their local community whilst developing skills to become work ready.
Designed around a variety of confidence-building activities and training, the project is aimed at people 19 to 50+, who are not working for a variety of reasons, whether registered unemployed or not, who need help to make positive changes in their lives. People interested in this free service will receive long term, individually tailored support that will help them achieve their own goals and ambitions.
One early participant of the project said: “For the first time in a long time I’m excited about the future!”
Helen Osborne, Friends Centre Principal said: “This is a great opportunity for us to offer people more dedicated support over a long term basis to help them really achieve the goals they set. We are very lucky to have received this funding to further our work in engaging and supporting people so they are not left behind.”
Support through an action plan will include accessing confidence building and personal skills training, as well as work experience placements, volunteering, attending and helping to set up community groups, leading to accredited training and employment opportunities.
The project is being delivered in Newhaven, Central Brighton, Portslade and Fishersgate.
Friends Centre is leading this collaborative initiative with organisations that are embedded and trusted by their local communities. The project is being delivered in Newhaven by SCDA (Sussex Community Development Association) who are providing employability skills through a bicycle recycling initiative. In Central Brighton, the Friends Centre is working with The Platform to provide supportive work experience placements for participants within Brighton’s vibrant social enterprise scene. And in Fishersgate and Portslade the WEA (Workers Education Association) will be supporting people to set up community groups that the community want and need. The project also benefits from the support of Impetus, Friends, Families & Travellers and PACA Adult Learning.
Who we work with
If you are 19 to 50+ unemployed or out of work but not actively seeking work for reasons such as carer responsibilities, managing a disability or long term illness, retired etc.
If you are ready for CHANGE and have ambitions towards work and learning but need help to do it…We can work with you!
The project aims to provide intensive support to people who want to return to work but need help to identify and achieve their work and learning ambitions.
How the project works
One to one support
Individuals will be linked to a coach that will meet with them regularly, develop an action plan and support them through each stage until the final goal is reached.
The coach will help the individual to identify and address barriers to work and learning by helping them to navigate and access local existing training and services that could help with confidence, managing stress, basic skills such as ESOL, maths and English and general employability skills.
The courses may be existing local courses, courses delivered in small groups in a community setting, larger group courses or tailor made courses for a small group of individuals needing to address similar issues.
Following this, the coach will help the individual attend a volunteer or work experience placement within local community organisations so that individuals can test out their skills in a safe and supportive work environment.
Support into employment or accredited training
From this experience we are hoping people will have developed skills, experience and an up to date reference that they can use in a competitive employment market or be ready to attend accredited training.
We will support people with job search, interview preparation, negotiating reasonable adjustments where necessary and provide in-work support.
What we expect from an individual
Commitment and enthusiasm!