Our Inspiring Families programme provides free employment support to people who are unemployed and experiencing a family issue or issues. It is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions and the European Union via the European Social Fund. So far over 360 people joined this programme and we helped over 50 find work. Read on to find out more about how we helped Alan get back his confidence in seeking work.
Alan was 53 years old when he came to us to join our Inspiring Families employment programme. He had worked in a variety of jobs for over 20 years: he was a baker; a builder and a maintenance person for TfL. But in 2015 Alan was made redundant from his job and since then struggled to get back into the job market.
Alan tried many routes to employment, but none of them seemed successful. He got caught in what he calls the “politics of being unemployed…running here, running there” going from course to course and from employment provider to employment provider. He felt that he was being sent on courses that he didn’t need, and felt that his ambitions weren’t being listened to at all.
This was until he came across Renaisi and our new Inspiring Families employment programme. We provided him with a dedicated employment advisor, who took the time to really understand Alan, his needs and experiences and who then built a programme of support tailored to him. This support programme included elements such as:
By joining our Inspiring Families programme, Alan realised that self-employment would be the next step forward for him, and since then focused his job goals on a select few areas: “everywhere else I was overspreading myself…I’d go for six different things and hope to get something. Now I’m focusing on just two, and there are loads more opportunities coming up.”
The experience he had with us was different. He tells us he feels at ease in our office and is becoming more confident again: “It’s a welcoming, relaxed and productive environment.”
“Renaisi is completely different. When I go there I speak to everybody. If someone looks at me they say, ‘alright mate’…it’s a bit… friendlier, more human.”
“Now that I’ve done this employability programme set up by Renaisi I can see a bit of a pattern. I can choose what I want to go for. So I do feel a bit calmer…I feel like things are taking shape…I don’t know what I was doing wrong before but I know what I am doing right now.”
To find out more about our Inspiring Families employment programme or any other Employment programme, please visit: www.renaisi.com/job-seekers