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Case Study Neil – Now In Volunteering

Neil's Story

Neil, now in volunteering, came to Inspired to Achieve in July following him seeing one of our posters in his local community.

For the last 30 years Neil had been quite isolated, only really going out once a fortnight on a Tuesday afternoon to go and visit his elderly father who lived a few miles away. He had last worked in 1989 which had been a short term work placement within the council but Neil arrived at the decision this year that he wanted to make a change and chose to come along and meet us.

I2A Workshop, where people can get the skills needed to Get into VolunteeringOver the following few weeks Neil attended each weekly drop in with us and was introduced to using a computer, meeting fellow TDBC tenants and challenging his social isolation. Our Employment Coordinator highlighted Neil’s anxiety with reference to re-entering the work place and the lack of up to date and relevant work experience and references that he had as a key barrier to moving him in to employment.

To combat this we completed a piece of work with Neil, initially explaining the benefits of volunteering in order to encourage him to access a local opportunity. Once we had done this we highlighted a local opportunity at PDSA and supported Neil to complete the application and prepare for the interview.

Neil has been volunteering at the PDSA for nearly 2 months and this coupled with his continued attendance at our group has had a huge impact on his self-esteem and confidence. As a result he has also joined his local church group which is also supporting him to get out and do more. He recently visited Exeter with them and is making local friends and contacts through attending. As well as bringing social value and providing Neil with increased opportunities, this piece of work also goes a long way to reducing Neil’s isolation and vulnerability, as he has an increased support network around him.

 Nicki Watts

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As well as bringing social value and providing Neil with increased opportunities, this piece of work also goes a long way to reducing Neil’s isolation and vulnerability, as he has an increased support network around him."

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@KarenYarlington @MarcusFysh @Conservatives @i2aguidance Totally agree & the great work that HAs like @yarlingtonhg @radiangroup group deliver supporting their tenants into employment has contributed to this statistic. Still too much in Work poverty & @i2aguidance will work on this with our ABC model @CsthatWork #StrongerTogether

@MarcusFysh @Conservatives Against a backdrop of rising numbers of children growing up in poverty it’s never been more important to work with agencies (like @i2aguidance) to ensure quality support, enabling parents to get sustainable employment. No one should have to choose between heating or eating.

Really appreciate that @i2aguidance & @yarlingtonhg Promote agile working Max is enjoying helping me out 🤣 #agileworking

Really appreciate that @i2aguidance  & @yarlingtonhg Promote agile working Max is enjoying helping me out 🤣 #agileworking

Exciting project with scope to be innovative and work in partnership with LPW to deliver a pilot that is bespoke to meet each individuals needs. thanks to @yarlingtonhg for funding the project as part of their commitment to social choice #social impact

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