Our Employment and Life Skills workshop is a Big Lottery-funded initiative, seeking to improve the employability of people with a disability and mental illness, as well as teaching invaluable life skills. The workshop sessions are free, interactive and great fun, led by inspirational Paralympian runner Tim Prendergast.
“My hope is that all those who attend the workshop can leave having had a fulfilling experience understanding themselves, working with others and indeed had valuable practice in essential skills like planning, interview skills and verbal presentations. In addition they will have a potential learning or employment pathway through the contacts and partnerships we have at YMCA,” says Tim.
Participants will explore their goals and skills, focusing on areas in which they can improve. They will also learn new ways to socialise, communicate and work as a team. There is even a surprise outdoor adventure!
After completing the course, all participants will have an opportunity to meet with a Careers Advisor and start a course at Richmond Adult Community College (RACC),
Our next workshop starts on Thursday 20 April and runs weekly until Thursday 25 May, 10.30am-2pm, for those who suffer with stress and anxiety or other mental health conditions (but ultimately is open to all), in partnership with Richmond Adult Community College (RACC), Community Partnership and Community Independent Living Service (CILS).
Participant James Cottrill, 26, who lives in New Malden is keen to work in admin for a transport organisation. He attended the last workshop and found it improved his skills. “I learnt a lot about working in a team, and I felt more confident because of that,” he explains. “I also thought Tim’s story was inspirational, the way in which he has overcome his disability to become a paralympian – it inspired me to find a job.”
The workshop will take place at Richmond Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RE.
Please also note that our summer workshop is running from 8 June to 13 July (specifically for those with a visual impairment), followed by a Graduation and Job Fair on Tuesday 18 July at 7pm.