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Case Study 1

The EWE programme is a European Social Fund programme funded through the Heart of England Community Foundation. The programme targets migrant women from the new and BME communities who are unemployed or working less than 8 hours per week.

The aim of the programme is to equip women with the necessary skills to move them closer to accessing employment and training opportunities. It offers support to women who would like to find ways of overcoming barriers to employment.

The programme runs basic computer classes for beginners every Monday, Employability and cooking sessions every Wednesday and also offers assessments, 1:1 employment guidance and advice for individuals helping them develop action plans for their future aspirations.

The women who have attended all sessions consistently state that the programmme has helped them greatly in gaining relevant information about ways of finding work or returning to college. It has developed their confidence in seeking opportunities to volunteer, find paid work and seek further educational training.

Kaddy Danzo  who has received tremendous support with childcare cost from CfED for her 2 year old reports that before coming to the programme she was lonely and stuck in the house with little to do and feeling hopeless. Now she finds meaning in getting up every Monday and Wednesday to attend the programmme. It has greatly improved her confidence and interaction skills. Kaddy feels she has re-discovered herself after years of being unemployed and being a ‘stay at home mum’.  She wants to return into education and attain a degree in Nursing.

Joan Angeles who has a teaching background in mathematics from her country of origin is also unemployed and a ‘Stay at home mum’ with a child in primary school. Before starting the programmme she felt frustrated and lonely. She stated, “Now I am very outgoing and I enjoy coming to both computer and cooking sessions”. She has completed her CV with a good personal statement and has started job hunting. Joan feels she has developed better interpersonal skills, team work and computer skills.

Raquel Valmores is unemployed and is also a ‘stay at home mum’ with a child in primary school. Before coming to the programme Raqeul only spent most of her time with family and friends as she was not confident to contact services within her community for fear of prejudice due her weak command in English, she now feels the programme has made her very confident in finding information regarding her interest in starting child minding services in the future. Raquel was supported to contact the council for child minding courses of which she has currently enrolled.

Other women state that their overall experience on the programme has been very positive and enjoyable especially during cooking and employability sessions.  They have benefited from interacting with women from different cultures and backgrounds. Some felt their organisational, time keeping, people skills and leadership skills have enhanced.  The women through shared experiences have learnt a great deal from each other through the programme.

Some of the ladies have expressed interest in taking up voluntary roles in the community as a way to gain new skills and enhance their employability skills. Staff and volunteers on the programme have assisted the (how many) in booking appointments with the Dudley Volunteer Advocacy, Dudley college and supported them through out. 

Case Study 2 - Joan Angeles

1) What did you enjoy most about the programme?

The thing I like most, is calling out answers and opinions or sharing ideas. It is a good way to stay awake. This is also a way to practice my speaking and listening skills. I am happy to give feedback at the end of the session.

2) How helpful were the computer sessions? Cooking and employability sessions?  What did you learn? Or what else would you like to learn?

Sessions are fun, with helpful friendly tutors who want to help us learn. Materials and session plan in relation to key employability skills are useful for us. I learnt how to be prepared to avoid wasting time. I learnt how to prioritise goals and set up an effective time management plan. All cooking sessions were provided ingredients and equipment. Each time we have cooking session, I look forward to the food and to the people in the programme. Nothing can ask for more but I want to continue my learning with these good people.

3) After attending the programme for the past 10 weeks, how confident do you feel to find work or educational training? 

Being confident from the moment you walk through the door will always give you a better chance of landing the job. This is how it goes, instead of sitting inside the house I have to come out to find something that helps me to grow. Through this programme and learning, I gain self-confidence and I gained more friends. I can speak English better than before. It is easily for me to express my feelings.

4) Has this programme met all your job searching related needs? If yes please explain....If not what further support do you need? Please explain... 

Yes, because the programme provided me information how to begin. Knowing where to start and what will be the first action is very important. Having this program is very helpful because it gives me hope to have a job someday.

5) What did you not like about the programme?

None so far, because I am happy with it.


6) What would you tell others about this programme?

I will be an example to the others about this programme. Feeding information to the others is not healthy but attending to this programme, they will see the importance of it. 

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