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Project Support Worker: Empowering Women at Just Works
Role: to support vulnerable women to identify and achieve their aspirations and provide opportunities to move towards a stable and more fulfilling life.
Salary: £14,312-£15, 903 (12.20/hr)
Hours: Flexible 22.5/25 per week
Fixed term contract 3 years
Applicants: Due to the nature of the role only female applicants will be considered.
Application closing date: 5pm Friday 18th May
Email Anne (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application pack (note that CVs will not be considered)
Next week we are teaming up with the Volunteering Office at the University of Sheffield Students’ Union to raise awareness of homelessness, as part of their 4 weeks of action.
They are asking students to collect Pot Noodles. Why Pot Noodles? Because an individual who is sleeping rough can access hot water, from shops and services, and thus easily have a hot meal whilst on the streets. In the cold, wet, English winter (and during the summer) a hot meal can make a huge difference, and a pot noodle can make this happen.
So if you are a student donate a pot noodle or see if you can collect more. The record number of pot noodles collected at once has been over 600.
Sheffield Eagles can announce that the Cathedral Archer Project as the club’s chosen charity partner for 2018.
The project is a homeless day centre based at Sheffield Cathedral with the goal of helping people overcome homelessness and achieve stable accommodation and lifestyles.
The partnership between the Eagles and the Cathedral Archer Project is very strong, especially after a number of players and staff helped out at the charity in September.
Offering different services and activities to homeless people who come to the Cathedral, the Archer Project is very important and the Eagles are delighted to link up with the scheme once again.
Commercial Manager Mark Hannigan said:
“The opportunity to support this fantastic charity is one, as a club, we jumped at. We will be working with them to raise awareness of the work they do, as well as raising funds to support this work. Don’t be surprised to see some of our players getting involved in the events they are running”
Lynne Urpeth from the Cathedral Archer Project said:
“We are really excited about the partnership. The players and staff make an impact whenever they visit the project, giving time and encouragement to the people who use the centre. It also gives us an opportunity to talk about our work to a new audience. We hope this is a winning year for the Eagles and our work together.”
The Cathedral Archer Project (CAP) are really pleased to announce that Tech Systemz as their newest supporters.
Tech Systemz Limited is based in the Sheffield area and can deliver the right IT solution for any business. Priding themselves on having a responsive, flexible and personal approach with each and every one of their customers.
As well as joining their popular Breakfast Club which ensures approximately 60/70 homeless and vulnerable of Sheffield get a hearty breakfast each morning, Tech Systemz will also be providing IT support to Just Works.
Just Works, a Cathedral Archer Project initiative, uses a holistic approach to development through employment, support and healthy living. They develop health and wellbeing through a range of activity including regular counselling, yoga & sporting activities. Crucially, the innovative programme also incorporates a graduated exposure to work through paid supported employment. They deliver cleaning & gardening contracts and have in-house businesses including “Printed By Us” where they produce prints, t-shirts and mugs designed by local artists. Just Works accepts referrals from all support agencies in Sheffield.
Terry Murphy, Just Works Programme Manager said “Just Works is the final piece in the jigsaw of CAPs goal of supporting vulnerable adults in Sheffield from sleeping bag to employment and happy and fulfilling lives. We are moving towards a sustainable model with all of the surplus income generated from our service contracts and microbusinesses being reinvested back into the enterprise. Support in kind from organisations like Tech Systemz helps us get closer to achieving this goal.”
Tracy Viner, (CAP) Marketing and Development Manager added, “This is very exciting times for our partnership with Tech Systemz as they understand that for the people who use the project to achieve the chance of employment we need to support them through all stages of their journey and by providing breakfast at CAP and IT support to Just works they are doing just that.”
Our Chief Exec, Tim Renshaw, reflects on the work of Printed by Us at Peddlers Market last weekend
It's Friday Night. I’m at Peddler’s Market a busy food, drink and music event in Sheffield which happens once a month. We have a market stall to sell stuff we’ve made at Printed By Us and I’ve come along to help run it but I’m not needed.
I’m standing about 10 yards away and watching the lads on the stall selling. They’re talking to potential customers and passers-by and they look relaxed and confident. Inside I am buzzing, absolutely delighted.
A few months ago we were at a summer festival with the same stall and the lads set the stall up wonderfully but then looked at each other wondering what to do next. They lacked the confidence to make conversation with people.
A few months further back was the first day of printing. On that day the person who is now leader of the printing project lacked the confidence to turn up and take part and had to be cajoled.
What a journey? There is just 13 months between the first printing session and now but the people involved are transformed and they know it. The leader of the project has stopped amazing me. I’ve grown used to his confidence and competence. He tells me what to do with a calm ease. He organises the others and they don’t feel organised; that’s a skill we couldn’t teach, it’s just emerged as he has grown into the role.
Two of the lads who are engaging the passers-by do amaze me. They are laughing and smiling as they chat to people. One tells everyone why Printed By Us is important. He could talk about homelessness, alcohol or drugs but I can’t quite hear him. I hear him mention the Archer Project, where he volunteers every day, I hear him mention Just Works, which is supporting him to find paid work. He talks about his cookery and working with Blend, a local cookery school we introduced him to. From a sales perspective he talks too much but I can see that most of the people he talks to are asking questions and he is loving talking about living a good life. We haven’t asked him to do this, this is just his natural outgoing style.
The other lad doesn’t talk about his own life. He doesn’t need to and feels as though it is a thing of the past. He wants to move on. However, he does talk about the journey that Printed By Us has offered and how important new opportunities are for people who are stuck or caught up in negative habits. I watch as he talks about people doing well and working, and then about how the prints are made.
The people who buy are not persuaded to do so by stories of people doing well. They are impressed by the stories and most really like the idea of Printed By Us but they buy because the products are really good. The stall looks good and the prints are superb.
Printed By Us wasn’t dreamt up in a homeless project. It came about through a small local business encouraging its staff team to think up new ideas. From that Yoomee session Mark Musgrave came to the Cathedral Archer Project with an idea about teaching people who were homeless to screen print. Mark still works with us as a consultant to give direction, find artists and help choose designs. A year on and Printed By Us is a small business and instead of just learning to screen print, those involved have learned small business skills of selling, record keeping, giving good customer service and managing budgets.
Most importantly of all, it has changed those involved. Instead of the self-doubt and world weariness I used to see I have the utter pleasure of watching a team who are confident and forward looking. My job couldn’t get any better than this and Peddler Market couldn’t be a better place to celebrate at.