New futures are waiting for a group of Hull people, after their successful completion of our life-changing project.
More than a dozen unemployed people of all ages have celebrated coming to the end of our 12-week Green Port Hull programme, which saw them spirited out of the JobCentre and onto a transformational journey.
After undertaking a team-building induction and selection, they were all given individual development plans involving both academic and vocational studies, with the appropriate support. The 12-weeks was then completed with our eight-day sail, which offered them a team-building experience in a challenging environment.
This latest programme was the penultimate course supported by Green Port Hull and engaged the long-term unemployed in the city. During the three-months a total of 68 qualifications were gained, with practical experience and help in interview technique and CV writing. Some course members have already gained work, while others have interviews secured.
Chris Noon, 32, from Bransholme, struggled to get his life on track after leaving the army and fell into drinking and smoking cannabis. He was referred to us by the team at ReNew – the drug and alcohol support service on Beverley Road and he hasn’t looked back. Now, 12 weeks on, and he has the appropriate qualifications to look for construction work.
“I feel like this course has led me to a better place. You have to put the work in, but you get the rewards back,” said Chris.
Kain Little, 27, suffered depression after the death of his dad and admitted to ‘being lost’ before joining the course.
“The people here are different because they care, they are all so passionate about what they do and how they can help you. I wanted to have a good life, and this has given me the chance,” said Kain, who has successfully completed an intense sea survival course to enable him to work offshore.
At our special ceremony to mark the end of the course, held at Hull Minster’s Parish Centre, our Programme Manager, Pete Tighe, said: “This has been a wonderful programme, with everyone fully embracing the CatZero ethos and we now look forward to seeing them all move forward with their lives, while always supported by the team here.”