“I don’t think I’d be in work now if it wasn’t for Grŵp Cynefin” Thursday 24 October 2019

Tenants and their families have heralded the impact of Grŵp Cynefin’s grants supporting them to get back into work.

“I don’t think I’d be in work now if it wasn’t for Grŵp Cynefin”

The Steps to Employment grant helps people who may need support meeting costs to get in to work or assistance in getting back into employment. Up to £300 is awarded to eligible applicants as part of Grŵp Cynefin’s commitment as an organisation to deliver More than Housing.

Ceri Coleman, 47, accessed the grant to develop her outdoor training skills while attending Plas Heli sailing centre.

She said: “It all started around five years ago when I joined Plas Heli to do paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing and the course really helped to build up my confidence.

“I became more disciplined and it really stepped up from that. It has also built self-esteem and confidence, and that’s what I used it for, to build my character back up.

“I was in contact with Grŵp Cynefin and they told me about the grant available, encouraging me to use it – how fantastic is that?”

Ceri, from Trefor, Gwynedd, is now working in retail on a part time basis and said the support she received through the Steps to Employment grant has been vital.

She added: “The grant really helped me develop my confidence and made me feel like I was ready to go back into work. Going to Plas Heli really changed me and I did things there I didn’t think were possible.

“Grŵp Cynefin has been really helpful which has been brilliant for me. It’s been amazing and I don’t think I’d be in work now if it wasn’t for Grŵp Cynefin. The team has given me constant support and has kept in touch even though I’m in work now.”
Carrie Williams read about the Steps to Employment grant online and contacted Grŵp Cynefin to help her daughter Ella, 20, through the process to support her photography.

Carrie said: “They got in touch with Ella to let her know what the grant could help her with including clothes for interviews, business materials and photography equipment.

“She’s used it advertise her business on social media and set up a website, and earlier this year got a job which she hopes to invest her funds into her photography venture.

“The grant helped her go on to get the things she needed to progress the business and she’s really enjoying working too.”

Carrie hailed the impact the grant had on Ella and praised Grŵp Cynefin for its support.

She added: “It’s been brilliant, helping to get the information out there and letting people know the business is there. She was really struggling and felt a bit stuck, so it was really great to get that support to get things like the clothes for interviews.

“It was amazing for her confidence after struggling with her health. She’s definitely a lot happier and it’s been a real boost for her.

“Grŵp Cynefin has been great, touching base regularly, particularly when Ella wasn’t well. They’ve been really supportive, and I’ve recommended this to others.”

Ieuan Davies, Grŵp Cynefin employment and training officer, said: “Grŵp Cynefin offers more than housing to our tenants and would encourage those seeking assistance or support to get back into work to get in touch to see how we can help you.”

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