How Tom boosted his propsects

Tom aged 67 from Whitecross, Warrington is now looking forward to a more positive future after receiving support from the Torus Foundation team in Warrington.

Tom, who lives on his own, was starting to feel lonely and wanted to start to find something worthwhile to do. He attended a local council Budget Boosting Club at Whitecross Community Centre where he was introduced to Phil Roberts from the Torus Foundation Employment Support team.

After completing an initial assessment, they agreed an action plan and Tom started an Employability training programme, which had been commissioned by Torus Foundation to provide tenants with the chance to gain experience of group work and team building.

Tom said,

“I really enjoyed the course, it was really hands-on, and I got the chance to complete group activities and meet some lovely people, who I am still in contact with today. My confidence has really improved. I wanted to improve my chances of moving back into some sort of paid or voluntary role. Attending the job hub every week has given me more structure and I now have something to look forward to. It really feels like I am progressing.”

After completing the course, Tom’s confidence improved immensely, and next steps were agreed. Tom was helped to produce a CV and given basic job search training. He started to attend both the Whitecross Budget Boosting Club and the Torus Job Hub every week to use the IT facilities to improve his digital skills and get confident using computers and the internet.

Phil said,

“Tom has been amazing, he has agreed to be supported into a work placement and volunteering opportunities to give him some up to date work experience. Plus, he is continuing to attend the Job Hubs regularly and remains positive and pro-active.”

Tom added,

“I now believe in myself and I know that I can achieve what I want to achieve. In the space of a few weeks, I have a more focused and positive attitude.”

If you need support applying to jobs, why not contact the team to speak to us about our Job Hubs.