FENLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL
November 3, 2017
Relaunch promotes Community House services
A project which helps residents to overcome barriers to skills, training and employment has been relaunched in a bid to reach more people in need.
Wisbech Community House relaunched its employability services on Monday (October 30) to raise greater awareness of the support available – and revealed exciting plans for the year ahead.
Local groups, partner organisations, charities and councillors were invited to the event to hear first-hand from staff, volunteers and clients how the project is making a huge difference to people’s lives; helping them to gain confidence and skills and move on to find work and training placements.
Guests were also encouraged to make the most of the services on offer by referring people for help, with many pledging to spread the message throughout the community.
Fenland District Council, which runs the house in Southwell Road, launched the employability project two years ago when funding from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) secured the future of the facility until April 2017.
When the DWP funding ceased, the Clarion Housing Group stepped into help – pledging grant funding for 12 months until April 2018.
The Clarion funding has a broad criteria, meaning Community House can offer the support to any individuals who are unemployed, economically inactive and seeking work, from any housing association and also property owners on any kind of benefit.
Relaunching the services, Councillor Mike Cornwell, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “The funding enables Community House to continue and build on the employability project, ensuring it can carry on providing vital support to many people who are in most need. The work at Community House changes people’s lives, and it’s great to see that recognised by Clarion.”
Wisbech town councillor Andrew Lynn was among those pledging support at the event, saying he would contact local businesses and encourage them to offer work experience placements to Community House clients.
“If we get businesses on board, we can get more people into work and help turn more lives around,” he said.
Community House client Gilly Barnes, said: “It was a really positive day and lovely to see so many people from the community giving their support.”
Gilly, who also helps out at the house as a volunteer, added: “Helping out at the house has really helped build my confidence and enabled me to work with a positive attitude.”