A group of 16-25 year olds on the Isle of Wight have won a grant worth more than £4500 to help them improve their chances of getting a job or improving their education.
The Island Roads’ Isle of Wight Foundation awarded a resident group, Giving Residents Opportunities and Wellbeing (GROW), the grant to run a project called Breaking Barriers, which Southern Housing Group is supporting.
The new project gives young people across the Island access to the tools they need to apply for jobs and training.
The money from the grant has been used to buy items such as laptop computers, printers, and memory sticks, along with providing bus fares for the young people involved to get to and from interviews. It will also be used to provide clothing so that the young people have suitable clothing to wear to an interview.
Sarah Watkinson, one of the Southern Housing Group team members who helped put the grant application together, said that the money was going towards making sure the young people had the tools and skills they need to move into employment or training.
“The young people involved in this project have got a lot of potential, but haven’t had the opportunity to access the right information and resources to help them get into the jobs, education and training that they would like to undertake.
“This new equipment and the help we’re able to give will make a big difference. Even the fact that we’re going to be able to help provide suitable clothing for interviews will help. We’re really excited about this project and hugely grateful to the Isle of Wight Foundation for their support.”
Liam Sansom, a resident involved in the Breaking Barriers project, said that being able to get help when it comes to applying for jobs and training will make a huge difference.
“I’ve been looking for a job for a while but have had problems because it’s hard to get access to a computer and, even then, it’s hard to know what to say.
“I’ve been getting help to put my CV together so that it looks good to an employer and with writing a letter to go with my CV.
“Based on the help I’ve received so far, I feel so much more confident already. I know it’s just a matter of time before I find a job now.”
The Breaking Barriers project has funding to continue to help young people look for work and training until December and is looking for additional funding to extend the programme for another year.