First Steps to a New Role

Well done to everyone that took part in ‘First Steps to a New Role’ project that took place in June.

Compass Disability Services was successful in obtaining a grant to fund this project which was comprised of a series of workshops for people that were interested in getting into volunteering, returning to work after a long break or moving in a new direction.

The workshops covered:

1.      assertiveness and confidence building

2.      disability and equality awareness

3.      positive communication and presentation skills

4.      identifying strengths and team building.

In addition to the learning, members of the group were able to network and share their experiences as well as ask plenty of questions of the facilitators.  The workshops were informal to encourage everyone to participate as much as they wished to and enable them all to clarify any issues of concern to them.

The final part of the project was the open day exhibition which a range of Somerset-based organisations came along to talk to about employment, volunteering and learning opportunities available and provide lots of useful information.  A member of the ‘Access to Work’ team (from the Department of Work and Pensions) gave a talk at the open day to tell people about the help and support that is out there for disabled people once they secure a job and gave everyone  some literature to take away afterwards.

We are really pleased to report that the majority of attendees felt that they met their objectives from this course and left on the last day with leads for volunteering and training opportunities to follow up on.

The grant for this project came from Southwest Foundation, The Learning Curve, Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.  We are very grateful for all their support so that we could provide this course which was of obvious benefit to the attendees.