A Helping Hand into the Workplace
‘My name is Robbie Cormack and I have just joined East Boro as the Work4You Manager, based at our office in Weymouth. I used to work with of a charity called Abilities that provided training to people with a wide range of disadvantages including long term unemployment, ex offenders, people with disabilities including mental health issues and those over the age of 50.
‘Kevin Hodder, East Boro’s Chief Executive, wants me to use my experience to help East Boro residents who are finding it difficult to stay in work or who want help to find a job. He doesn’t want a charity like Abilities, but something more dynamic and most of all he wants to help his residents and people in Dorset to find worthwhile, sustainable work and that’s exactly why he has employed me.
I initially worked as a volunteer for Abilities in 1989 and then became their Chief Executive in 1991. As a point of interest, Kevin Hodder, was the first employer in Dorset to employ one of my clients when he was working for Magna Housing Association!
‘Abilities spurred on from there and we we were working with organisations such as Working Links, Shaw Trust and Career South West, helping people with challenging conditions into work. Recently, the current Trustees decided that Abilities should join a much larger charity and, as I am not ready to retire any time soon, when Kevin Hodder asked me to set up a stand alone company within East Boro called Work4You, I jumped at the chance.
‘So far we have applied for three different types of grants and are hopeful that one of them will be successful soon so that we can fund training for our residents. Work4You will be flexible, nothing will be too much trouble and we will work with our customers to help them realise their dreams if they want a job.’
Date Posted: Monday 24th September 2018 @ 09:31