Opportunity Suffolk opens doors to unemployed locals
The 3 March saw the launch of Opportunity Suffolk, a £2million partnership project led by TCHC designed to provide support and employment opportunities for disadvantaged people within the Suffolk.
The launch aims to give a deeper understanding on the vision of the programme and how the Suffolk community can benefit greatly by getting involved.
The scheme, a part of the Building Better Opportunities programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, and supported by New Anglia Local Enterprise (NALEP), aims to help more than 730 people in the community who require the most support to help them out of deprivation and into employment.
The launch took place at The Mix in Stowmarket with guests welcomed by Dale Morgan, founder and CEO of TCHC. Other speakers included Suzanne Pearson from partner Sharing Parenting, where she spoke of three mums who were supported by the programme and have taken huge steps towards employment.
Tom, a participant in Opportunity Suffolk, told the audience about the support he has received to build his confidence to bring out his creative side and help him to teach photography part time. Explaining how he could never have achieve this after suffering a severe head injury in a car accident which impaired his memory and other cognitive functions. This meant that he was unable continue at work.
“After my accident I struggled when I went back to work. I just couldn’t do it anymore. I have had many frustrations and my mental health has suffered as a result. Opportunity Suffolk has helped me and mentored me, brought back my self-belief. They have helped me to realise my potential by providing me with the opportunity to teach photography part time, something I love to do. I would never have achieved this without the support I have received from Inspiring Aspirations.
“I would recommend going on the programme. I can now see a positive future in work instead of a continued schedule filled with doctor appointments, benefits meetings, worries and stresses, as I have achieved so much. It’s all too easy to sit at home feeling sorry for yourself when it seems like there is no hope and getting your life back on track is just made so difficult, but there are people out there who want you to succeed, to overcome the challenges you face and they will help you to do it in a way tailored to you.”