Jobs & Business Glasgow has been awarded a grant of £519,880 for their Personal Best-Achieving Ambitions project. In partnership with Glasgow City Council, Jobcentre Plus and John Wheatley College they are developing opportunities for volunteering, training and employment – arising from staging major sporting and arts events in Glasgow – for the benefit of those furthest from the job market.
For Stuart High, Personal Best was a lifeline.
Filling in and sending off over 150 job applications with no success drained Stuart’s confidence. Feeling at an all time low, he registered with Jobs & Business Glasgow and signed up for Personal Best – a pilot programme developing employability skills and providing opportunities to volunteer at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralymic Games. This project helped Stuart with his confidence and gave him the chance to complete an accredited qualification in volunteering at John Wheatley College.
Part of the college training was a mandatory 20 hours of volunteering which Stuart achieved and took further, building up over 100 hours and supporting a number of organisations including Glasgow Dogs Trust, Great Scottish Run, Urbanathlon and Shine Midnight Walk. The next stage of the course was an interview for Games Maker at the London Olympics. Stuart was nervous and excited but his advisers at Jobs & Business Glasgow supported him with advice and guidance on interview preparation and personal development. He excelled himself and secured a volunteer role at the Paralympics.
Stuart believes the Personal Best project has helped his confidence hugely. As well as continuing to volunteer with Glasgow Dogs Trust and The Platform in Easterhouse, he has also compared at Urbanathlon and Shine Midnight Walk making crowd announcements and motivating participants. He’s now looking forward to his future and has, of course, applied to volunteer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Calum Graham, Chief Executive of Jobs & Business Glasgow is delighted to secure the support of Big Lottery Fund Scotland: “We are confident will make a substantial difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people across the city. Personal Best will help to improve employability skills, self-confidence and provide access to volunteering opportunities emerging from major cultural and sporting events taking place in the city. On completion of the course, Glasgow’s most vulnerable will be better placed to compete for training, learning and employment opportunities.”
This award was made as part of BIG’s latest Investing in Communities funding worth over £8 million for 15 projects across Scotland.