4 February 2015

Fun events promote new help for families

Two fun-day events held by Southampton City Council’s City Limits Employment and the Wheatsheaf Trust have helped promote the positive benefits of the ‘Progress!’ programme which is supporting families with multiple problems find new ways to regain confidence and move closer to employment.

At the fun-day events inSouthampton, which attracted 59 families, the adult family members were able to learn about the Progress! programme in a relaxed environment whilst their children enjoyed games and craft activities.

Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive, Skills TrainingUK, which is delivering Progress! throughout South East England with local partners, said: “We have developed a close and very positive working relationship with Southampton City Council and Wheatsheaf Trust, whose knowledge and experience is fundamental to the success of the Progress! programme locally.”

He added: “Progress Coaches will be helping each family member to tackle their own barriers which could, for example, include low basic skills, and we will inspire and coach them to take practical steps to go further. By also addressing everyday worries, such as managing household debt, the aim is to raise aspirations for the family as a whole.”

Wheatsheaf Trust is a charity which specialises in working with people who are out of work and where long term unemployment is having a negative impact on family life and local communities.

Jackie Powers, Deputy Chief Executive, Wheatsheaf Trust, said: “Progress! is a very positive and uplifting programme and we are already helping individual family members in areas such as literacy and numeracy, debt management and confidence building. This is raising aspirations for them and their family.”

Francesca Prior, Employment Officer from City Limits Employment, Southampton City Council said: “These fun events were a great way to engage with the local community, build relationships with the families and raise awareness of how the Progress! programme could possibly help them.”

For further information about Progress! telephone 02380 237662 or Freephone 0808 168 9230 or see http://www.progressprogramme.com/

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