Greater Lincolnshire MOVE : Moving on, volunteering and employability
MOVE is a three-year Big Lottery Fund/ ESF funded Building Better Opportunities project aiming to help those people furthest away from employment to identify, address and overcome barriers to finding paid work. It is completely free, and independent of Job Centre Plus: participation is not mandatory, and you cannot be sanctioned if you decide it’s not for you.
Dave had been out of work for 15 years, and came to VANL to develop some skills. Dave has epilepsy and was forced out of his last job due to his condition. He swapped roles with his wife and spent a lot of time at home whilst his daughter was small and in more recent years has undertaken voluntary work in schools. He came to us earlier this year and has spent a number of months developing his skills and confidence, volunteering as well as applying for different sorts of jobs, having clarified to himself that he really wanted to work with children.
Dave started work in early October working with young adults who have additional needs in a care environment offering respite. Dave was selected at interview to become a one to one support worker, and is loving his new role and career.
When we asked Dave how he felt now he was working, he said ‘I walk down the street differently. I don’t know what it is, but I just seem different. I think it’s pride. I’m loving everything this has given me.’
Support available to MOVE clients
A network of 24 organisations are working together to provide consistent, accessible and joined up support across the whole of Greater Lincolnshire, (not just in the cities and the bigger towns) Financial help is available for travel, childcare and respite care costs, making it even easier to take part. It’s not just about sending you on a course and then leaving you to it: you will have ongoing support from an advisor who will be there every step of the way as you identify together what you would like to do, and how you will meet your goals. Your advisor can make referrals to the other partner organisations, as well as other support, so you can benefit from a wide range of learning, skills and work-related activities.
We specialise in promoting the benefits of volunteering as a way of moving on into employment, and work together with many organisations that would appreciate your time! 75% of employers say that volunteers stand out from the crowd.* Volunteering is a great way to:
- Try something new
- Increase self confidence
- Obtain up to date references
- Gain ‘work’ experience for your CV
- Provide structure to your week
- Receive ‘on-the-job’ training
- Meet new people and network
- Enjoy yourself!
You may get the opportunity to gain qualifications through your volunteering.
How to make a referral to MOVE?
We need to know a few things before confirming a client’s eligibility, for example:
- Whether they work any hours at all (including zero hours contracts)
- Whether they are receiving support from any other Big Lottery Fund/ ESF programmes
- What sort of barriers they are facing to employment, or any specific issues they would like help with
- Where they live
- Their age
If you have a client whom you think could benefit from the MOVE project, and want to discuss further their suitability and whether they meet the eligibility criteria please contact :
Angela Lockett, Move Project Adviser or Francesca Marritt, Move Project Worker
Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire
4-6 Robert Street
Tel: 01724 845155
If the client is eligible for MOVE we will then get in touch to tell them more about the programme and hopefully enrol them. If they are not eligible, we will try to signpost them to other support.
For more information about the project please also see http://www.voluntarycentreservices.org.uk/what-is-greater-lincolnshire-move/ – this lists our partner organisations.