Westminster Works is working for local residents.
Mr C. is 54 years old and had a history of working in retail, although it was not a job role he enjoyed much. However his working life was disrupted when he needed to care for his ailing mother and this involved a long trip to the Caribbean. On his return he found it hard to get a job. He was not eligible for Job Seeker’s Allowance because his wife is working. My C. started to become quite despondent about the prospect of work.
Fortunately Open Age, an organisation within the Westminster Works partnership, was able to help. Using their professional networks, Open Age staff got to hear of a possible role as a courrier for an agency that needed a responsible person to carry passports and visas to and fro to the Passport Office. Rather than wait for the job to be advertised, Mary at Open Age constructed a possible ‘person spec’ for the role and sent it to the potential employers asking: ‘Is this what you are looking for? If so, I have a suitable person.’
This bold initiative paid off and Mr C. is now in his second week of full time work with the agency.
This is the first job for the new Westminster Works, a project funded by ESF and Westminster Council to help people who live in the Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal estates to find work. The project plans to place over 400 people into work over the next year.
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