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

Building Digital Confidence in Minehead

In April 2019 Positive People organised a digital course in West Somerset to support people locally with their IT skills. After the success of a course last year, were pleased to be able to provide more digital support through our partner Cosmic. The course ran for 10...

“My self-confidence has grown” – Thomas’ story

Thomas is sharing his journey from battling his anxiety and low self-esteem, to now looking forward to the future in the hope that it will help others in his position. “I have been working with a change coach from Positive People, I2A (Inspire 2 Achieve) due to the...

Building Digital Confidence in Minehead

In April 2019 Positive People organised a digital course in West Somerset to support people locally with their IT skills. After the success of a course last year, were pleased to be able to provide more digital support through our partner Cosmic. The course ran for 10...

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July 2019

Free steps to success workshop – Minehead

July 3 @ 10:30 - July 24 @ 14:30
Minehead The Beach Hotel, The Beach Hotel, The Avenue, Minehead TA24 5AP
Minehead, Somerset TA24 5AP United Kingdom
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Every Wednesday from 3rd July - 24th July Learn about yourself, build confidence, explore health and wellbeing, meet new people. Update your digital skills, build your CV. Tea, Coffee and lunch provided.

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Free steps to success workshop – Bridgwater

July 4 @ 10:30 - July 25 @ 14:30
Westfield united Reformed Church, Westfield united reformed church, west street, bridgwater, TA6 7EU
Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 7EU United Kingdom
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Every thursday from 4th July -25th July Learn about yourself, build confidence, explore health and wellbeing, meet new people. Update your digital skills, build your CV. Tea, Coffee and lunch provided.

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Family Fun Day – Wiveliscombe

July 20 @ 11:00 - 16:00
Wiveliscombe The Silver Street Centre, Silver St, Wiveliscombe, Taunton TA4 2PA Somerset TA4 2PA United Kingdom + Google Map

Come along to the Family fun day in Wiveliscombe! There will be a pool table, a bouncy castle, a live band and much more! The perfect opportunity to gain some community support and information!

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Albemarle Centre Job Club

July 23 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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Albermarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton TA1 1BA
Taunton, Somerset TA1 1BA United Kingdom
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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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Albemarle Centre Job Club

July 30 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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Albermarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton TA1 1BA
Taunton, Somerset TA1 1BA United Kingdom
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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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August 2019

Albemarle Centre Job Club

August 6 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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Albermarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton TA1 1BA
Taunton, Somerset TA1 1BA United Kingdom
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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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Albemarle Centre Job Club

August 13 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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Albermarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton TA1 1BA
Taunton, Somerset TA1 1BA United Kingdom
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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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Albemarle Centre Job Club

August 20 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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Albermarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton TA1 1BA
Taunton, Somerset TA1 1BA United Kingdom
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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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Albemarle Centre Job Club

August 27 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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Albermarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton TA1 1BA
Taunton, Somerset TA1 1BA United Kingdom
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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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September 2019

Albemarle Centre Job Club

September 3 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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Albermarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton TA1 1BA
Taunton, Somerset TA1 1BA United Kingdom
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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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Albemarle Centre Job Club

September 10 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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Albermarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton TA1 1BA
Taunton, Somerset TA1 1BA United Kingdom
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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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Albemarle Centre Job Club

September 17 @ 10:00 - 15:00
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Albermarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton TA1 1BA
Taunton, Somerset TA1 1BA United Kingdom
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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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