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Building Better Opportunities – Good News Story – Callum Davies

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects. Building Better Opportunities is a National Lottery and ESF funded project designed to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion throughout Worcestershire. This project is proud to tell you the story of Callum Davies.

Callum Davies had been unemployed for nearly two years after being made redundant from an IT apprenticeship when he came across BBO. He had previously struggled with from social anxiety and feared being in unknown groups of people or situations. Callum decided to approach BBO because despite his barriers to finding work, he still wanted to develop himself professionally and felt he could do this on a one-to-one basis.

Callum was very nervous at the beginning of the programme and was lacking in motivation. Callum had given up hope and felt unsure of how to start his journey of finding employment. He began to attend regular one-to-one appointments which eventually led on to attending weekly job clubs where Callum was able to get used to being in group situations again. Callum very quickly became one of the most regular attendees of the jobs club and started to make excellent progress with his independant job search. However, whilst Callum was making job applications, he unfortunately wasn’t receiving many responses from the employers he had applied to.

A position then arose at The Community Housing Group in their Call Centre for a temporary Administrator. Callum applied for the job and was offered employment immediately. Callum successfully completely his assignment, receiving glowing reports from the call centre manager on how excellent his work ethic had been and how impressed they were with his overall performance.

Callum was put on the bank worker list for any future or further assignments that The Community Housing Group may have. He continued to attend the jobs club and was on standby for further assignments offered with the Group or similar roles with other organisations.

Callum said: “Thanks to the team for all their support. After ending with BBO, I have since been offered employment as an IT apprentice and can’t wait to start. I am so happy as I have found permanent employment since my temporary job with The Community Housing Group and I plan to build a career and learn my trade to the best of my ability. Thanks again.”

For more information about BBO, please contact Fusion on 01562 733133 or email fusion@vestia.org.uk


Published - 21 Jun 2018

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