How New Horizons programme helped resident achieve her goals

A woman with dreams of working in the healthcare sector has praised our New Horizons programme for helping her on her way to achieving her goals.

Victoria Jackson, from Peterborough, was referred into New Horizons - a financial inclusion project funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund which provides coaching to help people into work – by colleagues in the NHS.

She’s worked closely with Mairead Wright, Senior Skills & Development Tutor, and is now feeling more confident as she attends interviews for her dream roles.

Together, Victoria and Mairead have worked on improving her ICT skills, as well as brushing up her CV and working on applying for jobs digitally.

Victoria said: “Mairead has been great at helping me with things like computers and improving my CV.

“I wanted to get a job, I wasn’t working at that point.

“We’ve been working on getting my CV into shape and sending it to employers – I want to work as a Healthcare Assistant or a Care Assistant, so she’s helped me with that.

“Mairead’s help has given me lots of new confidence. Now, at least I’m getting out there and getting my face out there.

Employers can see me now and I can apply for jobs online and attend interviews. I was rubbish with computers, but Mairead has helped me and I can use my phone now as well.”

Victoria has attended several interviews recently, and has been working with Mairead throughout lockdown, but said they’ve managed fine with working remotely.

Through New Horizons, coaches are able to offer around 20 hours of one-to-one support in areas of money, online skills and finding work, to help those furthest from the job market.

Mairead said: “As one of our community clients, Victoria and I were due to meet up, but then the third lockdown happened. Everything we’ve done over the last few months, we’ve managed to do remotely.

It’s been great working with Victoria – she’s always wanted to work in the healthcare sector, so we looked at her CV, assessed her qualifications and experience and looked at what else she’d need to do to meet her goals.

“She’s recently been successful in finding employment through agencies and hopefully now she can find permanent work.

“I’d like to wish her good luck – she’s been a great example for the success of New Horizons.”

Longhurst Group is one of the leading partners of the programme, offering coaching to help people in the Peterborough area develop vital skills such as budgeting, accessing bank accounts, managing money and general IT skills.

To date we’ve worked with over 100 people through this project, including many residents at our Supported housing accommodation and also people from our local community.

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