Somerset

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

 

Abilities

Abilities

Abilities is an established training provider with over 20 years experience in helping people back into employment. They are a non-profit making charity working closely with the local community and businesses to support people back into work.

Initially Abilities was set up to help people with disabilities re-train and find sustainable employment. They have since expanded to cover the long-term unemployed, young people and lone parents amongst others. Abilities operates across Somerset and Dorset.

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.

Community Council for Somerset

Community Council for Somerset

CCS is an independent charity established in 1926 delivering an extensive range of personalised support and services for rural and urban communities across Somerset. Our primary focus is on the needs of whole communities rather than narrowly focussed service provision. We aim to inspire social action by building capacity, capability and vision in communities to enable them to shape their own futures, address vulnerabilities and improve quality of life.

Our grassroots reach into communities is unrivalled through Village, Community and Carers Agents and our role within the Positive People programme is to encourage participation from a wide cross-section of Somerset’s residents; including very hard to reach and marginalised individuals. As a Core Partner providing Community Enablers we also seek to ensure that the voice of participants and the wider community is heard to help shape and influence the programme.

Your feedback is important to us. If you have been on or are currently on the Positive People Programme then please follow this link and let us know about your experience. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will help us to make any improvements required. Your feedback also helps us to celebrate what we are getting right. Thank you for your time.

Read more on our website.

Pluss

Pluss

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

Latest news

Elizabeth’s Story

Cosmic met Elizabeth (Liz) in Wells Job Centre in early December. She has asked for help as she had recently been made redundant, but her circumstances meant the job centre couldn’t sign her on, or even offer much in the way of advice. They hoped that Positive People...

Sarah’s Story

Sarah came to Positive People with a passion to be self-employed. She is affected daily by fibromyalgia, arthritis and her mental health, that makes consistency in work difficult. Being her own boss would give her flexibility to work when she is feeling her best and...

Paul’s Story

Paul's amazing story of digital know-how charts his journey from "falling behind like a cavemen" to having every gadget going and loving it. Check out his digital journey! Paul's words "I was a Butler for a billionaire in a suit and my main background is high class...

Elizabeth’s Story

Cosmic met Elizabeth (Liz) in Wells Job Centre in early December. She has asked for help as she had recently been made redundant, but her circumstances meant the job centre couldn’t sign her on, or even offer much in the way of advice. They hoped that Positive People...

Sarah’s Story

Sarah came to Positive People with a passion to be self-employed. She is affected daily by fibromyalgia, arthritis and her mental health, that makes consistency in work difficult. Being her own boss would give her flexibility to work when she is feeling her best and...

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All About Work (Funded by Positive People)

February 26 @ 09:30 - April 2 @ 13:30

Are you a young adult with a learning disability aged 18-25? Compass Disability Service is excited to offer a new FREE six week course starting 26th February 2019. WHEN: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30am - 1:30pm WHERE: Unit 7 Belvedere Trading Estate, Taunton, TA1 1BH

All About work

March 19 @ 09:30 - 13:30
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For 6 Weeks every Tuesday Starting on the 26th February

Are you a young adult with a learning disability aged 18 – 25? Compass Disability Services is excited to offer a new FREE six week course starting 26th February 2019! When: Tuesdays Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm Where: Unit 7 Belvedere Trading Estate, Taunton, TA1 1BH You will learn more about the world of work. Sessions will include: • What is work? – different types of employment. • All about me – likes, dislikes, what I am good at, what I…

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Albemarle Centre Job Club

March 19 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until 31st December 2019

Come and join us in a friendly environment every Tuesday from 10:00 to 13:00 in Taunton Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, TA1 1BA. Starting on the 5th February! Laptops will be available for job searching purposes and a representative will be near by if you need any help. 45 minute workshop sessions will be held every other week on topics such as CV writing, using emails and interview skills.  

Women’s Wellness Course – Bridgwater

March 20 @ 17:30 - 19:00
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until 3rd April 2019

Are you a woman aged 40+? Would you like to be more active? Join our 6 week programme where you can meet other women for a topical chat over a cup of tea/coffee & the chance to try a variety of activities, including Tai Chi, Pilates and Dance. For more information and to apply for a place please contact Laura on [email protected] or 01823 653 990 "This was the most fun I have had in a long time and it…

All About work

March 26 @ 09:30 - 13:30
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For 6 Weeks every Tuesday Starting on the 26th February

Are you a young adult with a learning disability aged 18 – 25? Compass Disability Services is excited to offer a new FREE six week course starting 26th February 2019! When: Tuesdays Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm Where: Unit 7 Belvedere Trading Estate, Taunton, TA1 1BH You will learn more about the world of work. Sessions will include: • What is work? – different types of employment. • All about me – likes, dislikes, what I am good at, what I…

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Albemarle Centre Job Club

March 26 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until 31st December 2019

Come and join us in a friendly environment every Tuesday from 10:00 to 13:00 in Taunton Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, TA1 1BA. Starting on the 5th February! Laptops will be available for job searching purposes and a representative will be near by if you need any help. 45 minute workshop sessions will be held every other week on topics such as CV writing, using emails and interview skills.  

Women’s Wellness Course – Bridgwater

March 27 @ 17:30 - 19:00
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until 3rd April 2019

Are you a woman aged 40+? Would you like to be more active? Join our 6 week programme where you can meet other women for a topical chat over a cup of tea/coffee & the chance to try a variety of activities, including Tai Chi, Pilates and Dance. For more information and to apply for a place please contact Laura on [email protected] or 01823 653 990 "This was the most fun I have had in a long time and it…

All About work

April 2 @ 09:30 - 13:30
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For 6 Weeks every Tuesday Starting on the 26th February

Are you a young adult with a learning disability aged 18 – 25? Compass Disability Services is excited to offer a new FREE six week course starting 26th February 2019! When: Tuesdays Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm Where: Unit 7 Belvedere Trading Estate, Taunton, TA1 1BH You will learn more about the world of work. Sessions will include: • What is work? – different types of employment. • All about me – likes, dislikes, what I am good at, what I…

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Albemarle Centre Job Club

April 2 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until 31st December 2019

Come and join us in a friendly environment every Tuesday from 10:00 to 13:00 in Taunton Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, TA1 1BA. Starting on the 5th February! Laptops will be available for job searching purposes and a representative will be near by if you need any help. 45 minute workshop sessions will be held every other week on topics such as CV writing, using emails and interview skills.  

Women’s Wellness Course – Bridgwater

April 3 @ 17:30 - 19:00
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An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until 3rd April 2019

Are you a woman aged 40+? Would you like to be more active? Join our 6 week programme where you can meet other women for a topical chat over a cup of tea/coffee & the chance to try a variety of activities, including Tai Chi, Pilates and Dance. For more information and to apply for a place please contact Laura on [email protected] or 01823 653 990 "This was the most fun I have had in a long time and it…

All About work

April 9 @ 09:30 - 13:30
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For 6 Weeks every Tuesday Starting on the 26th February

Are you a young adult with a learning disability aged 18 – 25? Compass Disability Services is excited to offer a new FREE six week course starting 26th February 2019! When: Tuesdays Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm Where: Unit 7 Belvedere Trading Estate, Taunton, TA1 1BH You will learn more about the world of work. Sessions will include: • What is work? – different types of employment. • All about me – likes, dislikes, what I am good at, what I…

job club poster

Albemarle Centre Job Club

April 9 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until 31st December 2019

Come and join us in a friendly environment every Tuesday from 10:00 to 13:00 in Taunton Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, TA1 1BA. Starting on the 5th February! Laptops will be available for job searching purposes and a representative will be near by if you need any help. 45 minute workshop sessions will be held every other week on topics such as CV writing, using emails and interview skills.  

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