WSMB edition May 13


Work of 'Progress' more important than ever during lockdown

Despite the Coronavirus outbreak, the Progress programme is still accepting referrals for young people aged 15-24 across Coventry and Warwickshire who are currently NEET.

Progress, delivered by Groundwork,  is a specialised programme aimed at young people who are the furthest away from the job market. More than ever during these uncertain times, it is a vital support network for vulnerable young people.

Groundwork is continuing its work through Progress which is a tailored programme of coaching and support to help NEET young people access training and employment opportunities. Progress coaches are working with young people remotely, ensuring they are in regular contact online and via telephone.

Regular video-chat sessions help the youngsters to stay in contact with their peers. Coaches have devised a range of engagement activities with young people are set daily tasks which engage them in exercise and creativity.

Getting out in the fresh air, always a healthy thing to do, is especially important and restorative during lockdown so the young people can also request seed packs and compost to encourage them to keep busy in the garden.

Remote support available also includes CV-writing and employability sessions to keep participants motivated toward finding a job, as well as mental health support to ensure that young people stay healthy and on track.

Progress is a part of ‘Building Better Opportunities’ – a programme funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund to tackle poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.

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