Community Connections South is funded by The European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Alan joined the Community Connections South scheme, working closely with our partners at Switch Now.

He talks about how the project has helped him...

How did you first hear about the project and why were you interested?

I was unemployed and on Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA). I was also volunteering at British Heart Foundation for three days per week. I was told about the project from my Jobcentre Plus Work Coach who set up my first meeting. I was interested to find out ideas to help me and I liked it being one-to-one support at my pace.

What support did you receive to start your training or education and what did you feel benefited you most? 

I would like a role in catering. To achieve this I needed support to complete my Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification. This was completed over four sessions at my pace. Following on from this, I have achieved a work placement - initially at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in the kitchen. This will continue to support my training and skills I need.

What difference has the project made to you personally?

It has made me happier as I feel I am closer to achieve my goal. I also feel more confident in new situations and with new people. It has helped me with my routine, improving my timekeeping and managing my time.

Are there any other comments you’d like to make about your participation in the project?

If I hadn’t taken part I would not have achieved a qualification or be working in a kitchen. I feel more determined to keep going and moving forward. I feel everything is now falling into place for me.