Since LMH’s charitable arm, ComMutual, was established a year ago, many LMH customers have benefitted from a number of initiatives covering; health, money, digital and employment.
Customers are currently taking advantage of the Ready for Work Project which targeted people age 18 and over, who were unemployed and living in or around the Clubmoor area of Liverpool.
In partnership with St Andrews and My Clubmoor, ComMutual teamed up with The Big Trust to deliver the project which began with two days of employability training. This allowed candidates to find out more about expectations in work place, be given one to one support and take part in an informal interview.
The team then worked with each person to find a suitable role to carry out work experience and most of the candidates have now begun their two week voluntary work placement.
As part of ComMutual’s commitment in providing employment support, a number of people taking part in the training were LMH tenants including Simon and Honor.
Although Simon has many years of experience and skills as an electrician, he has been out of work for quite some time. Simon would like to return to work to become financially stable once again and when he heard about the Ready for Work project, he saw it as an opportunity to reignite some of that spark.
“Taking part in the interview allowed me to explain what I have to offer, said Simon. “The training has helped me prepare to return to employment and I’m looking forward to seeing what steps I can work towards.”
For Honor, the sessions have given her the opportunity to explore what options are available. Honor said, “From talking to the trainer and employers during the informal interviews, I realised that I still have a lot to offer in a working environment.”
Claire Lomas, Community Investment Officer at ComMutual said, “Employment is one of ComMutual’s key impact areas, providing the community with the tools and resources needed to prepare for the work place. Some of the candidates may be facing obstacles and initiatives such as the Ready for Work Project can help break down those barriers, allowing people to reach their potential.”
In addition to the work placement, candidates will have access to ongoing support from a job coach for the following six months to maximise potential in the search for employment.
As LMH tenants, find out how you and your family could benefit from similar initiatives from ComMutual by heading to www.commutual.org.uk