Please take a look at our good news stories to see how MOVE funding has benefited people in our local community.

Mark

Mark came to us after being out of work for 20 years. He had lots of practical skills and was keen to get a job but had problems with reading and writing so applying for a job online or with a CV was difficult. Mark heard about an opportunity at his local Tesco as a litter picker but didn’t know how to go about finding out more and making an application. This where his Move Adviser was able to help by getting in touch with the employer and arranging a work trial. The Adviser was able to make sure Mark knew where to be and when and Move was able to pay for a Fluorescent waterproof jacket to go with the work boots that he already had. Following his work trial, he was offered a part time job which suited him perfectly. It was important that Mark also had help in sorting out his benefits and working out his monthly budget, so his Move adviser liaised with the jobcentre. Mark has been at work now for over 6 months and is really enjoying it – whatever the weather!

Jo

Jo is has made great strides since moving on from Move. She is now running her own dog walking business, combining her love of dogs and being out in the Lincolnshire countryside! Jo needed support over a long period of time to help her to adjust to unemployment, coping with mental health issues and an unsure future. At Move, we were able to help her to take stock of her achievements and help her to focus on what makes her tick. It hasn’t been straightforward but Jo has benefited from time and space to assess her options and get the support that is relevant to her. It’s great to see her take the plunge and feel really positive about her new venture.

Mandy

Mandy came to the project after many years of unemployment and ill health. She had ideas about what she wanted for her future but no idea about how to get there or if she could.

Mandy’s background had involved a difficult childhood and involvement in drug misuse. When she came on to the project she was very anxious and a little bit afraid of what would happen next. Thankfully, she was able to put her trust in the team here at BG Futures and with our ongoing support and structured inputs, she was able to make progress.

We were also able to find her a suitable volunteering placement with Addaction and Mandy has been volunteering with the Amy Winehouse Foundation for 18 months. This involves going into secondary school is Lincolnshire to help educate young people about drugs and their effects.

Through her time on the MOVE project Mandy has added to her qualifications and studied an Access course at Lincoln College, ultimately applying to BGU and securing a place to study for a degree in Health and Social Care. MOVE has also helped with some of the costs to help Mandy on her progress through the project – such as, for textbooks and stationery, clothing for volunteering, application fees for UCAS, photo ID, DBS check.

A year and 10 months after starting her Move journey, Mandy enrolled at BGU. She has successfully completed her first year and has also started part time work helping young people with learning disabilities.

Kylie, Maria and Goodness

After receiving bespoke careers guidance from Lauren West, one of the project’s qualified careers advisers, Kylie, Maria and Goodness have gone on to pursue and achieve a range of qualifications relevant to their career goals.

Kylie achieved a Level 2 qualification in Food Hygiene, as she is considering a career in the food industry. Maria achieved two Level 2 qualifications in Food Hygiene and Customer Service, because of her ambitions to set up her own confectionary business. Goodness has achieved numerous qualifications during her time with MOVE, but most recently achieved a Level 2 Childcare qualification and is pursuing a career in childcare working with children with SEND.

"MOVE has played a massive part in my learning, and I can’t thank the team enough. Without all Lauren’s help, I don’t really know what I would be doing now. Thank you."
– Maria, Move Project participant.