Achieve with Lone Parent Support - new programme starting in Withernsea

Mon, 17 Feb 2020

Lone parents in the Withernsea area are being invited to a taster session to learn more about a support programme.

The Achieve with Lone Parent Support (ALPS) programme offers support for lone parents with a child aged over five years, who are looking for work or trying to move closer to employment.

The programme has already run successfully in Withernsea, Beverley, Goole and Cottingham, and it is planned to hold another course in Withernsea in late March or early April.

It is run by East riding of Yorkshire Council's employment, education and skills service, in partnership with Jobcentre Plus.

The programme is designed to remove some of the challenges that lone parents may face in looking for work.

It tackles issues including lack of confidence and self-esteem, teaches resilience and helps participants to overcome feelings of isolation as they make friends with people in a similar situation.

The programme is a mixture of group sessions and one to one support.  It includes advice on how to search for jobs online and how to apply, and opportunities to move into work, education, work experience or voluntary placements.

The sessions will be timed to allow for dropping off and picking up children from school, with around two sessions a week for about 15 weeks.

A taster session will be held on Tuesday 24 March in the committee room at East Riding Leisure Withernsea, from 10am to 2pm.  There will be an opportunity to find out more about the ALPS programme, and refreshments will be provided.

Anyone interested in learning more can go along to the taster session, or contact Alister Marritt, tel (01482) 887670 or email alister.marritt@eastriding.gov.uk.

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