Millom Network Centre receives £9,000 for new employability project

27th June 2018

Millom Network Centre has been awarded a £9,000 grant by Cumbria Housing Partners Fund, managed by the Foundation, to support a new employability project ‘Opening New Doors’. The programme aims to help people in South Copeland open doors to new opportunities and find success in their lives.

Carol Pugh, Work and Skills Officer left with student Pauline (L to R)

Millom Network Centre offers a variety of activities to support local people improve their life chances. It provides free, one to one support to help people access the training and qualifications they need to find voluntary or paid employment. In addition to key subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science it can help people access practical skills training in construction and horticulture.  It also offers support to overcome personal hurdles which may be barriers to work, such as improving social skills, CV writing, job searches and interview techniques.

Centre Manager, Paul Stewart, said “Achieving success in life is a different measure for everyone. ‘Opening New Doors’ aims to support people overcome their personal barriers to success by offering learning opportunities which not only increase their employability but importantly help to improve their self-esteem.

“One of our participants, Pauline, has just completed an online course which has increased her personal confidence and digital skills; she said: “Thanks to the Opening New Doors programme and passing my recent qualification, I really feel on top of the world!”

“By helping people to grow in confidence they are better able to deal with the challenges they face in day to day life, raise their personal aspirations and become valued members of the community.”

John Clasper, Chair of Cumbria Housing Partners, said:  “We are delighted to support this project. People living in rural communities, like Millom, can experience additional barriers to employment including access to training and employment opportunities due to their location.  By offering local training solutions Millom Network Centre provides a vital link to the future success of individuals and the whole community.

Annalee Holliday, Grants & Donor Services Officer for Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “Millom is rurally isolated with residents having to travel 45 minutes to the nearest large towns. It also has higher unemployment than the national average but with the injection of funding, Millom Network Centre is working hard to encourage enterprise and improve life-long training provision.”

Over the past year Cumbria Housing Partners Fund, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, has provided grants to individuals, community and voluntary organisations for training and projects aimed at improving people’s employability or education. The £100,000 fund has also supported projects which provide advice and guidance, support and engage people in their local community, and improve community facilities.

For more information about the centre’s services contact Carol Pugh, Team Officer, on 01229 719650.