Peer Hubs – South and North Wales
The Peer Hubs offer a structured package of training and support through the Peer Advisor Programme to people who have overcome adversity to help them build skills to access employment opportunities and help others make the same positive progress.
By harnessing their lived experience, coupled with professional training, we can offer highly credible services which are able to engage excluded individuals and communities. The Peer Hubs work in close partnership with local partners who offer placements to the Peer Advisors.
The aims of the Peer Hubs
- To help people who have overcome adversity in their lives to improve their skills and access employment opportunities
- To add value to the work of other local partners through enabling them to benefit from the Peer Advisors we train
- To reach some of the most vulnerable people in local communities, especially those who do not usually respond to offers of help, through credible services from someone to whom they can relate
We are offering early interventions and support for young people, their families and communities affected by gangs and serious violence. This includes direct work in schools. This involves one-to-one casework, intervention and prevention and building community resilience through offering training to professionals.
Support from Children in Need has enabled us to develop CLIC (County Lines In Cardiff) which helps children, adolescents and young people in Cardiff get the help they need to leave county lines exploitation and rebuild their lives. It offers intensive support to young people to help minimise risk, ensure safeguarding and help them access positive opportunities around education, training and employment.
We also provide services in Merseyside helping young people exploited through county lines, some of whom are from North Wales.
We support families to overcome barriers such as housing problems, debt and long-term unemployment to help them move towards independence. Many of the families are affected by gang involvement and county lines drug exploitation, alongside experiencing severe poverty and social isolation. This work plugs the gap often left by statutory services at a time when their resources are limited.
Working with adults over the age of 25 in Cardiff, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan, ATLAS (Advising, Training, Learning and Support) provides employment support to people who have experienced disadvantage and barriers to accessing work to enable them to work in the advice sector.
Issues affecting the clients supported by ATLAS could include an offending background, long-term unemployment, low skills and lack of confidence. ATLAS provides a package of training to achieve a variety of work relevant certificates, including trauma informed practice, conviction disclosure and equality and diversity. ·It will offer trainees shadowing opportunities in a support sector roles.·
The bespoke employment support and training will last around six months and include.
- Assessment and practical support with foundational issues e.g. housing, finances
- Action planning exploring short and long term goals
- Identifying and accessing suitable ETE progression opportunities
- CV writing; IT literacy; and specialist interventions e.g. disclosure of criminal convictions
- Motivational, engagement and soft skills workshops for resilience and employability
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