Pathways 2 Work – An On- Going Success Story

Pathways 2 Work is an award winning service which provides free access to employment, training, volunteering and business start-up opportunities.
Qualified and experienced advice and guidance professionals
offer a friendly and confidential service and operate  in the areas of London and Essex.

The service exists  to help customers to reach their potential by assisting them to overcome barriers that prevent them from taking their next steps into employment, training or volunteering. 

Nikita Alphonso

Services are open to Family Mosaic customers who are: 

  • Age 16 and over
  • Unemployed
  • A Family Mosaic Housing Group tenant
  • Residents living in areas where we are working in partnership
  • Willing to actively engage

Success stories are ever increasing.  Nikita Alphonso – South & East Housing Administrator  at Family Mosaic joined the Pathway’s 2 Work scheme back in  2010 and has been a Family Mosaic tenant for the past 4 years.  After successfully completing the course Nikita secured permanent employment at Family Mosaic. 

“I felt isolated before I came across the Pathway’s 2 Work scheme but I benefited by receiving help and support to get me back into the working environment.  During my  bi-weekly mentoring sessions with Paul Flavell I was able to plan, set goals and move forward.  I felt comfortable and could talk about both professional and personal issues.  The excitement of being able to change my career path was immense.  I enjoy my role. Its lots of fun and no day is ever the same. I hope that in future I can use my transferable skills within the Family Mosaic Youth Academy which is an exciting prospect to be involved. Linking tenants into the service which Family Mosaic provides is excellent and Brendan Sarsfield’s drive for personalisation of service is what I have seen in action.”

 

Dele Adewumi

 

Dele Adewumi has been a Family Mosaic tenant for over 10 years and has been a work placement on the scheme for the last few months.

“I am enjoying my time at Old Oak. It is good to be working within a supportive team. I am benefitting by refining and adding to my knowledge and experience in Housing Management which in turn enhances my CV and employment prospects. I have a manager that allows me to use my initiative in tackling given responsibilities. I intend to continue studying my part time degree course in Social Policy while possibly gaining some experience within support work. In the interim I will keep applying for available opportunities”.

If you would like more information or an appointment with an Employment Liaison Officer please contact us

Phone: 020 7089 1345

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 020 7089 1001

Website: www.familymosaic.co.uk

Board Away Day – Saturday 17 March 2012

A word from the Chair:

John Schofield, Kat Francois & Tony Henessy

Every year Old Oak board members meet for an away day to look at the future direction of Old Oak and this year was no exception. What was different  this year was that we really wanted a new focus and direction that would benefit the community as a whole. We took the opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved over the last 12 years and to plan where we want to focus the direction of the board and staff over the next 3 years.

We brought in some expertise to help us shape our plans and many thanks go to Bob McDonald for leading this event. Bob was able to use his skills and knowledge to help us examine and focus our ideas into a working plan that we can concentrate on over this next financial year.

Previous years have seen the Board concentrate on the refurbishment and modernisation of  your homes on Old Oak and with that work almost complete, it was time for  the Board to turn its attention to the  future of Old Oak and our community, and to look at what we can do to improve the lives of residents.

The  community and children’s centre is proving to be a hub of activity for residents on Old Oak and has been very successful in gaining continued funding to deliver excellent services to residents. We want this to continue and grow, providing a resource centre of information and activities to help all members of our diverse community to thrive.

Away Day Presentation

We also want to continue to look at the investments needed to your homes to make sure they are homes you are proud to live in, and that they exceed standards, as well as helping to produce a community and environment you can take pride in, and feel safe and valued in.

Whilst we are doing all of this we don’t want to lose sight of the other things you tell us that matter to you such as ensuring a quality maintenance service that achieves the highest of standards. Sometimes we may not achieve this but when we don’t we want to learn why and put it right, first time

Expression of Thanks

Ms Bexley with Daughter

The staff at Old Oak would like to express a big thank you to Ms Bexley who kindly donated a boxful of toys for our reception area recently.  The children that visit our office are now having endless minutes of fun and don’t seem to want to leave.  Thanking you again for your kind support.

Reach Out to get linked In – Job Fair Event

john shuva fawzah

From left: Louisa Mali, Shuva Begum, Fawzah Adepoju & John Phelan

On Wednesday 28th March a job fair for young people was organised by Shuva Begum and Louisa Mali of H & F Floating Support Service.

The day started off with a discussion and open forum headed by a speaker from Mind who opened up a talk about the barriers young people face when looking for work; this exercise was very interactive as it got young people sharing their problems and experiences; it was a great way of building up their confidence and motivation and sharing advice and information. The speaker from Mind discussed ways of making yourself more employable and gave each young person one to one advice about how they could work towards their own goals.

Attendees of Job Fair

 Following on from the group exercise was a buffet lunch and raffle prize draw where three lucky young participants won Westfield vouchers. Recruiters were invited to lunch with the young customers at the event; where they talk informally and share experiences and advice. One customer said ‘all the advice given was very useful, even got a few appointments’.  

On Wednesday 28th March a job fair for young people was organised by Shuva Begum and Louisa Mali of H & F Floating Support Service.

The day started off with a discussion and open forum headed by a speaker from Mind who opened up a talk about the barriers young people face when looking for work; this exercise was very interactive as it got young people sharing their problems and experiences; it was a great way of building up their confidence and motivation and sharing advice and information. The speaker from Mind discussed ways of making yourself more employable and gave each young person one to one advice about how they could work towards their own goals.

 Following on from the group exercise was a buffet lunch and raffle prize draw where three lucky young participants won Westfield vouchers. Recruiters were invited to lunch with the young customers at the event; where they talk informally and share experiences and advice. One customer said ‘all the advice given was very useful, even got a few appointments’.  

Attendees of Job Fair

Recruiters from diverse employment settings attended the day including  Work Zone, Prince’s Trust, Reed, Badenoch & Clarke, Let me Play, At your Service, Mind, Volunteer centre, Learning Curve, Job Centre, Family Mosaic and My time active.  Young people were signing up to various jobs, apprenticeship and voluntary opportunities in retail, construction, social/care, sports, events, music, art, hospitality, health, administration. Workshops were set up to provide CV help, interview skills and one to one preparation. Many young hopefuls brought along their CVs and distributed these to some of the recruiters, who gave great feedback and advice. One recruiter said that there were a few young people that she would definitely employ and took their details to set up some potential appointments.

Young customers gave some great feedback about the event.  A  customer shared that ‘seeing the advisors’ was really helpful’, another customer said ‘we discussed various options to benefit myself’. Customers and recruiters shared the opinion that this job event should happen regularly saying it is a productive way of building and maintaining relations increasing the chances of getting young people signed up to current job opportunities. A recruiter fed back saying ‘I have made some really useful contacts!’ and a customer felt that the way the day was organised was good. Overall, the event was a great success, the day was very busy, positive and productive with a constant stream of young people coming through the doors.

 Written by Shuva Begum