Walsall College (WACC) is part of the Foundation’s BBO Community Matters programme, the programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, aims to help people into employment in the Black Country.
When Angela’s mother was placed in care, she found herself looking for employment for the first time in 40 years.
Attending her local job centre, it was clear Angela needed guidance and support and was referred to WACC.
The support worker soon noticed that she was vulnerable, couldn’t manage her money and needed food. Angela was fed and pushed towards a community kitchen project where food is provided free of charge.
Asked to attend the job club she failed to show, but five weeks after her initial engagement she finally showed. Staff listened to the problems she was having and created her an e-mail address and a CV.
Attending regularly, Angela started to take part in some short courses to improve her employability as well as a memory club as she suffers with dementia.
Angela is continuing to gain support from WACC, through the job club they’re looking at possible voluntary placements to get her back into the working environment after such a long time.
To find out more about the Foundation’s Community Matters programme please click here.