A brand-new website has been launched to help Perth & Kinross residents move into work or get support with money and debt issues.
The Employability Pipeline / Positive Futures website gives details of various organisations offering free support to people who face barriers to work, or who need help to manage money. Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria can access the following support: CV-writing, interview techniques, a job-matching service, skills academies, mental health support, practical work experience, money and debt advice, IT skills, youth training and more.
Lynn Webster, ESF Programme Officer at Perth & Kinross Council, says: “The Employability Pipeline and Positive Futures programme offers a huge amount of support for people who face barriers to work or need help managing their money. That includes lone parents, people who are long-term unemployed or on a low income, people with disabilities and those with a mental health condition. It’s easy to access the support on offer – you don’t have to apply through the council or be referred. Simply contact any of the organisations listed on the website and they will be happy to help.”
The organisations involved are The Hub, Perth Citizen's Advice Bureau, PUSH, the council’s Welfare Rights Team, YMCA Perth, Scottish Centre for Youth Development, the Council’s West Bank Enterprises and Mindspace.
To date, the programme has supported over 600 people on their journey into work or out of debt and money problems. Many of their stories are shared anonymously on the website. To find out more about the programme, visit www.employabilitypositivefutures.org.uk
The Employability Pipeline / Positive Futures programme will benefit from £5.6m of investment. The ESF grant will cover 40% of this total investment, with the balance coming from Perth & Kinross Council, partner organisations and The Gannochy Trust.
Lynn Webster, ESF Programme Officer
Phone– 01738 477965 / 07799 581283
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