Yorkshire residents find training or jobs thanks to non-profit – FE News
Better Connect, a non-profit organization based in Yorkshire, held an event to celebrate the success of its Action Towards Inclusion project, which has helped over 3,000 people transform their lives and get training and jobs.
180 people from across the Yorkshire region gathered at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on October 11 to honor the contributions of program participants and leaders, and celebrate ATI’s significant impact.
The ATI is a different employability program, aimed at supporting those who are furthest from the labor market. A partnership between Better Connect and 30 voluntary sector organisations, the program provides high quality specialist support to help individuals across Yorkshire overcome significant barriers, start training, begin job search and get a job, in a role that matches their unique needs and interests.
A nourishing network
The event, titled ‘A Life-Changing Legacy’, saw program participants, Better Connect employees, and key workers and delivery partners from partner organizations come together to celebrate the enormous and lasting impact that the project has had on the lives of its participants. .
Hannah Prole, Head of Engagement at Better Connect, said:
After 6 years of running the Action Towards Inclusion program, we are delighted to celebrate the incredible impact it has had on the lives of people in Yorkshire facing significant challenges, struggling or feeling left out, by helping to progress towards employment, education, training, or simply becoming more confident and independent people.
The ATI program supports many different areas of participants’ lives, including well-being, money, learning and support, with carefully selected delivery partners tailored to the participant’s needs, deploying different stages of the program and a personal key informant guiding each participant through the process. towards their goals.
Enriching Lives and Communities in Yorkshire
“A Life-Changing Legacy” celebrated and honored the incredible work of ATI’s delivery partners and key workers, who have been integral to the success and impact of the program, helping more than 2,000 people across York, North Yorkshire and East Riding to find financial stability, secure jobs they love, and start their own businesses, all while making a positive impact on other people’s lives.
Stephen Dunn, a key worker at York Learning, said:
As a key worker, I have seen ATI enrich the lives of participants, who then enrich the society around them, sometimes through income or their connections with friends, family and other community members.
Suzanne Eusman, Specialist Employment Manager at Autism Plus and ATI Delivery Partner, said:
“”North Yorkshire is a very diverse geographical area. To have the greatest impact, we needed to work in partnership to transform the lives of more people. ATI allowed us to do that and make a real difference.
Alison Kerr, Employment Specialist at Big Ambitions and ATI Delivery Partner, said:
The thing about ATI is that it’s person-centric. Tailored to the individual. The program allows us to nurture, encourage and assist the person in every way possible to achieve their goals.
Helping Yorkshire people thrive
The event not only celebrated the achievements of the participants, but featured stories from individuals about the different journeys ATI has taken them and how the support has impacted their lives.
Natasha Babar-Evans, CEO of Better Connect, said:
This program has had a huge impact, and it was both moving and encouraging to hear some of the incredible stories, the incredible journeys people have made, the progress they have made, what they have achieved and how important this program was to them.
One participant, Rebecca from East Riding, said:
“I wish I had the words to explain the huge improvement ATI has made in my life and that of my family. Thanks!”
Another, Daniel, from North Yorkshire, said:
“ATI helped me pursue a dream that I didn’t think was possible, thank you very much”.
Better Connect will actively seek opportunities to help its delivery partners maintain the huge impact they are having through the Action Towards Inclusion program, helping to enrich the lives of people in Yorkshire.
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