Families receive a helping hand

Mike Furze, Kier regional director, with Mayor Norma Redfearn.
Mike Furze, Kier regional director, with Mayor Norma Redfearn.

Families facing difficulties are being given a helping hand to turn their lives around.

After a successful pilot last year, North Tyneside Council is working with a range of organisations to support parents with complex needs get back on their feet.

From February 22, the project will see parents embarking on a month-long and full-time training programme, providing them with relevant experience to prepare them for the world of work.

They will be given a placement with Kier North Tyneside three days a week while also completing a City & Guilds Level 1 construction qualification at TyneMet College.

Mayor, Norma Redfearn said: “The Supporting Families project has been very successful, helping more than 460 local families.

“Many of these families have been desperate to turn their fortunes around and I am delighted they have been given the support to do so.”

“The pilot to help people be more prepared for employment was successful last year, so I’m pleased we’re able to offer it again in 2016.

“As well as helping families gain the right experience and qualifications they need, it’s a great way to help build their self-esteem, confidence and reach their goals.”

During the four-week programme, participants will also be given help from the UCATT Learning Centre in using ICT and writing a CV.

Those taking part will be provided with a reference once they’ve completed the programme, to support future job applications. Debt management advice will be on hand for those who need it, too.

Each family is also allocated a designated Family Partner who supports and works with them.

Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “Having operated in North Tyneside for nearly seven years, everyone at Kier feels extremely passionate about supporting the local community.

“As a close working partner of North Tyneside Council we are keen to help them achieve their strategic objective of supporting people back into work, and we share their commitment to provide employment and training opportunities for local people.

“We’ve seen through the success of the pilot that this important initiative sets residents, including those who may be vulnerable or disadvantaged, on the road to achieving their full potential by equipping them with a combination of both vital workplace training and practical skills for life.”