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.

Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership

Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership

Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) are committed to increasing the health and happiness of residents across all ages in Somerset through physical activity. We are an independent charity specialising in behaviour change around physical inactivity through workforce training, bespoke opportunities for key audiences with some of the greatest health inequalities and embedding a culture of moving more across all organisations.

Partnership working is an integral part of our culture. We work in collaboration with a large number of statutory and other charitable organisations to add value to their and our work by increasing the awareness of the amazing physical and mental health benefits of physical activity regardless of fitness levels or ability. We also aim to provide excellent social outcomes through individual and community development, connecting people to reduce social isolation and increasing economic impact through training.

Our work with Pluss is focused on those who are economically inactive and furthest from the labour market, targeting those who have struggled with mental health often through drug and / or alcohol addiction. We will be using sport and activity as a soft gateway into improving personal health and wellbeing and working towards volunteering, training (and for some employment) to take them closer to the labour market through supported and positive individual development. Individuals with lived experience from SASP will work to help break the stigma of addiction for others and provide the right environments to give them the best chance of living a more positive life.

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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September 2020

Virtual Job Club

September 30 @ 10:00 - 12:00
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 on Wednesday, repeating until 16th December 2020

Join our virtual job club on Zoom to get support from our fantastic team. Every Wednesday 10am-12pm. Open to anyone in Devon or Somerset, get in touch to book your place: [email protected] - 0330 088 3005 Support offered: Online job searching, Updating and creating your CV, Managing your CV online, As this a virtual session all attendees will need to have access to a digital device and a stable internet connection to take part.

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October 2020

Make the Most of Apps | FREE Digital Workshop

October 5 @ 11:00 - 12:00

Positive People Somerset are running a series of FREE workshops to help you develop your digital skills. Come and join us for an hour on Zoom to chat about a different digital topic every week and pick up some new tips and tricks. Make the Most of Apps - find out how to really make the most of your phone or tablet. There are so many apps and many of us really don't know where to start with them. From…

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Virtual Job Club

October 7 @ 10:00 - 12:00
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 on Wednesday, repeating until 16th December 2020

Join our virtual job club on Zoom to get support from our fantastic team. Every Wednesday 10am-12pm. Open to anyone in Devon or Somerset, get in touch to book your place: [email protected] - 0330 088 3005 Support offered: Online job searching, Updating and creating your CV, Managing your CV online, As this a virtual session all attendees will need to have access to a digital device and a stable internet connection to take part.

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Online Safety | FREE Digital Workshop

October 12 @ 11:00 - 12:00

Positive People Somerset are running a series of FREE workshops to help you develop your digital skills. Come and join us for an hour on Zoom to chat about a different digital topic every week and pick up some new tips and tricks. Online Safety - Learn about the best ways to keep yourself safe online. Phishing emails, secure passwords, anti-virus, online safety is a bit of a minefield. We'll give you our best tips and tricks to protect you…

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Virtual Job Club

October 14 @ 10:00 - 12:00
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 on Wednesday, repeating until 16th December 2020

Join our virtual job club on Zoom to get support from our fantastic team. Every Wednesday 10am-12pm. Open to anyone in Devon or Somerset, get in touch to book your place: [email protected] - 0330 088 3005 Support offered: Online job searching, Updating and creating your CV, Managing your CV online, As this a virtual session all attendees will need to have access to a digital device and a stable internet connection to take part.

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Mobile Photography | FREE Digital Workshops

October 19 @ 11:00 - 12:00

Positive People Somerset are running a series of FREE workshops to help you develop your digital skills. Come and join us for an hour on Zoom to chat about a different digital topic every week and pick up some new tips and tricks. Mobile Photography - Learn the basics of good mobile photography. Always wanted to be able to take beautiful photos on your phone? This is the session for you. Let's see what we can create! To book onto…

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Virtual Job Club

October 21 @ 10:00 - 12:00
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Join our virtual job club on Zoom to get support from our fantastic team. Every Wednesday 10am-12pm. Open to anyone in Devon or Somerset, get in touch to book your place: [email protected] - 0330 088 3005 Support offered: Online job searching, Updating and creating your CV, Managing your CV online, As this a virtual session all attendees will need to have access to a digital device and a stable internet connection to take part.

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Digital Wellbeing | FREE Digital Workshop

October 26 @ 11:00 - 12:00

Positive People Somerset are running a series of FREE workshops to help you develop your digital skills. Come and join us for an hour on Zoom to chat about a different digital topic every week and pick up some new tips and tricks. Digital Wellbeing - Technology can get a bad rap for many reasons, but one way we can get some good from our tech is when we think about our health and wellbeing. Let's talk through different apps,…

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Virtual Job Club

October 28 @ 10:00 - 12:00
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 on Wednesday, repeating until 16th December 2020

Join our virtual job club on Zoom to get support from our fantastic team. Every Wednesday 10am-12pm. Open to anyone in Devon or Somerset, get in touch to book your place: [email protected] - 0330 088 3005 Support offered: Online job searching, Updating and creating your CV, Managing your CV online, As this a virtual session all attendees will need to have access to a digital device and a stable internet connection to take part.

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November 2020

CV Management | FREE Digital Workshops

November 2 @ 11:00 - 12:00

Positive People Somerset are running a series of FREE workshops to help you develop your digital skills. Come and join us for an hour on Zoom to chat about a different digital topic every week and pick up some new tips and tricks. CV Management - We'll talk you through the basics of storing, editing and generally looking after your CV. This can be applied to not only your CV but any other document you might need to work on.…

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Virtual Job Club

November 4 @ 10:00 - 12:00
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Join our virtual job club on Zoom to get support from our fantastic team. Every Wednesday 10am-12pm. Open to anyone in Devon or Somerset, get in touch to book your place: [email protected] - 0330 088 3005 Support offered: Online job searching, Updating and creating your CV, Managing your CV online, As this a virtual session all attendees will need to have access to a digital device and a stable internet connection to take part.

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Virtual Job Club

November 11 @ 10:00 - 12:00
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 on Wednesday, repeating until 16th December 2020

Join our virtual job club on Zoom to get support from our fantastic team. Every Wednesday 10am-12pm. Open to anyone in Devon or Somerset, get in touch to book your place: [email protected] - 0330 088 3005 Support offered: Online job searching, Updating and creating your CV, Managing your CV online, As this a virtual session all attendees will need to have access to a digital device and a stable internet connection to take part.

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