August has historically been a quieter month for Mon CF’s Employment Support Team with the summer holidays and warmer weather contributing to a smaller number of people engaging with the team. However this August the team have bucked that trend and have managed to secure more paid employment opportunities for our participants, have enrolled on to some exciting courses themselves and have still found time for some movie making!
Lefty has had some notable successes with his participants during the month of August with one securing a vacancy as a Kitchen Porter on a three month trial, while another who had been out of work for a number of years was employed as a Security Officer at the recent National Eisteddfod held at Bodedern. Lefty also showed he is much more than a mentor as he took on the role of Mickey Mouse at the recent Holyhead Town Forum Fun Day as well as delivering a fun football session for the children at Anglesey Childcare. Additionally Lefty was involved in the recent filming of the Lift participants that was completed by North Wales based filmmaker Joey Edwards, the videos are soon to be displayed on Mon CF’s website.
Pictured above is Lefty with Paul Wilkinson who recently secured a job in Grounds Maintenance.
As well as completing the Lift promotional videos this month, Kath and Rhys supported a Lift participant during their visit to the Faenol Fawr Hotel, Bodelwyddan to speak to current NHS staff as well as a former Lift participant who is now employed with the NHS regarding her experiences on the ‘Step Into Work’ programme. Our Lift participant Caroline is currently completing a Healthcare Support Worker placement in Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor and benefited greatly from speaking with the former LIFT participant about her success in securing and maintaining her employment with the NHS.
Georgia’s participants have had a very successful month with four people going in to work of sixteen hours or over, with one becoming a self-employed Security Officer following the completion of an SIA course and another has secured a Jobs Growth Wales placement at a local construction firm. Georgia’s latest success story displayed on the website even includes a participant who took a ‘work selfie’ with a very famous face, definitely worth a look! Georgia is looking forward to attending some upcoming courses for self-development to provide a better service for clients. She will be attending Introduction to Counselling ran by Coleg Menai and a Welsh course ran by the University of Wales, Bangor.
After supporting a participant to gain their SIA licence, Una was very eager to secure paid employment for the participant and was thrilled that the participant secured full-time employment with Streamline Leisure Ltd. Una attended a meeting with Groundworks regarding the Innovation Fund which is a community benefit project aimed at engaging with people to for the Communities for Work project. Also during August Una arranged a meeting with Working Links who deliver a programme to help support individuals with disabilities or health conditions. Una will be starting a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Team Leading in September.
Natasha completed her first full month as the Triage Officer as part of the Employment Support Team and has been very busy meeting with new customers for all the projects and ensuring that all customers were registered and explained as to what Mon CF had to offer. Additionally Natasha has been creating a database to track the sources of referrals and the amount we receive ion a monthly basis. Natasha has registered herself for the Coleg Menai Introduction to Counselling course as well as the Welsh for Adults course being run by Bangor University in partnership with Mon CF.
Nicole has been busy ensuring that all our participants for the Active Inclusion project have been registered correctly and efficiently as we have continued to receive a healthy number of referrals for the project despite historically referrals being lower at this time of year. Nicole is currently completing her Business and Admin NVQ Level 2 as well as continuing her personal development with the Welsh for Adults ran by the University of Wales, Bangor and an Introduction to Counselling course ran by Coleg Menai.
Menna has been working with a number of participants during August and was able to support two 18 to 24 participants into roles at Tre Ysgawen Hall, Llangefni. Both the participants are enjoying the work and hope to forge a career in the industry. With one hoping to move on to become a chef, Menna enrolled them on to a Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering course, which and they both passed. Menna has also supported a further participant into an administrative role with Seiont Manor, Llanrug. This is a great achievement as the participant had attended a few unsuccessful interviews and was starting to get disheartened, but by accessing the support on offer through Mon CF and specifically the interview techniques he has now secured employment
Pictured above is a participant who had never previously worked now enjoying his role at the Co-Operative, Amlwch and is Menna’s success story for August
Diane has been working with a caseload of people across Anglesey and was very pleased that two participants have been able to secure employment during August. A particular highlight was an 18 to 24 year old participant that had been working with Diane and had the dream job goal of being a Pool Lifeguard after she completed the NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) funded by Mon CF. By working with Rhys and Cassie, Diane was able to inform the participant of an interview at a local leisure centre. The interview was a success and the participant has secured a position within Plas Arthur Leisure Centre as a Leisure Attendant on a Strand 2 Active Inclusion Achieve paid supported employment opportunity. Diane will be attending a Level 3 in Education and Training over the upcoming months to further develop her delivery of courses.
Rhys has been busy throughout August ensuring that the Employment Support Team were able to access the very best of the opportunities on offer for their participants throughout Anglesey and beyond. This month Môn CF were happy to assist Streamline Leisure LTD with their recruitment needs during the National Eisteddfod at Bodedern and a number our candidates were employed as part of the security team. Rhys completed the Site Safety Plus through Wow Training and will be undertaking a CSCS test to ensure he has access to any construction site to meet potential employers. The team are currently in the process of setting up Level 2 SIA Course for those wanting to work in the security industry and discussions are ongoing with Progression Training, JCP & Anglesey County Council to run ‘Steps to Success’ wanting a career in the care sector.
During the month of August one of Cassie’s participants was supported into employment at a local care home and has given very positive feedback about the support he received as well as the new role he has now undertaken. Cassie has been focusing heavily on securing further Active Inclsuion paid supported employment opportunities, which has since March 2016 proved very successful with 30 of the 32 Mon CF allocated opportunities now being filled. Due to her impending maternity leave Cassie decided not to pursue some of the further training courses that were being accessed by some of her colleagues, but is looking forward to being given the opportunity to complete courses upon her return.
Both Rhys and Cassie were involved in the making of the Lift promotional videos and pictured above is our former Lift participant Stephen Smith who was filmed at work in Morrisons.