Job seeker training charity is a success

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The Now Charity Group is celebrating a successful training scheme.

The charity, a branch of Furniture Now and formerly known as Training Now, has exceeded its target working in partnership with Job Centre Plus to help people on Employment and Support Allowance.

The charity has been providing two-hour workshops on many varied subjects such as jewellery making, gardening, art, card/gift box making, managing mental health, cooking, and confidence building.

These courses are not mandatory and are mainly for fun and to give people the confidence to get out of the house and back into the world again which has often, in the past, been extremely difficult for them to achieve.

Sophie Stretton, the group’s new training co-ordinator, and her team has smashed its own target and achieved ten participants in six months, progressing from these workshops into accredited education or employment.

Many of the participants have said the courses have helped them.

One of the participants said, “I was stuck in my flat, all of the time, I didn’t know what to expect when I first came to Furniture Now but when I got here everyone was so kind and I have never met a bad person here.

“I wanted to meet more people instead of shying away from the world.

“Every course I have been on I have enjoyed.

“I have made more friends at Furniture Now in six months than I have in six years.

“Furniture Now is a home from home.”

The charity is currently providing free courses in maths, English and woodwork for people who are 19 and over and unemployed.

The courses are an NCFE level one in Maths and English and level two creative crafts in wood and also a level two certificate in mental health awareness, which the charity says is proving extremely popular.

Sue Goodwin, senior management assistant at Now Charity Group Ltd, said, “We are signing people up for a new course starting in September in mental health first aid .

“This is to be run by a very experienced tutor and is open to everyone at a very reasonable cost.

“One in four people will suffer from a mental health problem at some time in their lives. Early intervention can help slow down or stop these problems from developing or lead to faster recovery.

“An MHFA course will teach you to recognise the early signs of a mental health problem and give you the confidence and knowledge to help.”

The charity prides itself on helping people to overcome difficulties. The furniture it sells in its Eastbourne, Hailsham and Lewes Furniture Now store help to fund the training.

For more information or to book one of the courses call Lynette Baldwin on 01323 887199 or 07758114727.

Alternatively email lynette

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