The first programme of its kind in Somerset, ‘Positive People’ will help over 1,000 individuals who are out of work to build their confidence and develop their skills. The programme will be personally tailored to individual needs and will include help with personal development, health and wellbeing, and to develop life-skills including digital technology.

Partners began to deliver the £4 million programme in March 2017 and will deliver the project over the next three years. Pluss’ Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins, said “Positive People will support hundreds of people across Somerset to overcome a range of barriers and build a brighter future for themselves and their families”.

Meet the Positive People partners

 

Inspired to Achieve

Inspired to Achieve

Inspired to Achieve (i2a) became a wholly owned subsidiary of Yarlington Housing Group in October 2014. We are a Social Enterprise that offers impartial information, advice and guidance (IAG) to empower people to fulfil their potential. We are an ‘end to end’ provider with a proven history of supporting our customers into employment and training outcomes.

I2a provides a high quality, adaptable and bespoke service to people seeking work and progression through one to one interviews, training opportunities and group work activities.

Our job is to help our customers understand their chosen destination and then support them on their journey. We believe in ‘equality of opportunity’ not ‘equal opportunities’ so do all we can to assess and understand our customer’s needs so we are able to design solutions that are required and accessible. One size does not fit all.

Partnership working is a core element of all our work and valued highly. We work collaboratively across Somerset with a wide range of organisations e.g. housing associations, health services, training and education providers and the community and voluntary sector. We work to the mantra ‘complementing and not duplicating’.

Over the years we have developed strong relationships across the region with employers. Through the contracts we deliver we have access to the employer supply chain enabling us to secure opportunities in volunteering, work placements and apprenticeships.

We deliver a range of contracts across Somerset and are a Core Partner delivering the Positive People Big Lottery and European Social Funded project.

Cosmic

Cosmic

Based in Honiton, East Devon, Cosmic is a digital consultancy and social enterprise which specialises in IT training courses, business consultancy, website development and technical support. Cosmic deliver training and support to local businesses, schools, charities and to community groups in both rural and urban areas in Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall.

With Positive People, Cosmic provide the digital inclusion element of the project, delivering 1:1 training and support to anyone with a technical need – from turning on a computer for the first time through to Microsoft Office and building their own website.

Cosmic also run engagement sessions and gadget shows that demonstrate the practical and fun use of gizmos in the modern age, with easy to use gadgets such as Virtual Reality and Fitbits, encouraging those who are digitally excluded to give technology a try.

Pluss

Pluss

Pluss is an award winning Social Enterprise that supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages move into employment each year.

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“Making my family proud” – Simon’s story

“Making my family proud” – Simon’s story

Simon’s journey with Positive People helped “give me the push in life I needed” to start his own micro-provider business providing a handyman and gardening service. After being made redundant from a footwear factory, he moved into the building trade, gaining...

David’s technology journey

David’s technology journey

David first joined Positive People specifically to develop his digital skills. After years of fumbling around on his phone and tablet here and there, he knew he needed to get on board with technology to even consider re‐entering the job market. Unbeknownst to David,...

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