Back to work event hailed success

General News.
General News.

More than 300 people attended Wednesday’s Health Works event in Skegness.

The event, organised by East Lindsey District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), was the first of its kind to be held in Lincolnshire.

Aimed primarily at people with emotional or physical ill health or training requirements, the free event offered people the chance to speak to providers of services offering help with skills, support and advice needed to start their journey back into the workplace.

The Council’s Leader, Coun Doreen Stephenson, said: “Feedback from this event has been very good indeed. There was a real buzz in the auditorium where a wide range of service providers offered everything from training support and volunteering opportunities to health and fitness advice.

“As the focus of people’s needs moves towards more personalised support, this kind of event is invaluable, showcasing the wide range of support available, both in helping people have the confidence and skills needed to return to work, but also providing a support network afterwards. There is no need for many heath or training issues to be a barrier to obtaining a fulfilling career.

“It is important that the Council continues to work alongside the DWP in the future to offer the best support we can to both current and prospective employees and employers, providing a skilled workforce able to meet the future demand of the area while at the same time highlighting transferrable skills which, in our busy coastal locations, can be vital in securing year-round employment.”

As well as the help and advice people were given the opportunity to try some of the Virtual Gym equipment which tours the district as part of the district council’s Health improvement programme.

David Margarson of DWP added: “This event was the first of its type in Lincolnshire and aimed to point people in the right direction, whether it be help with a training need, health support or just an opportunity to gain experience in the world of work.

“We have had some very positive feedback from both exhibitors and attendees.”

As well as East Lindsey District Council and the DWP, other organisations taking part included Desire Change, Lincolnshire CVS, Studio 21, National Careers Service, Shaw Trust, Prince’s Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Seagull Recycling, East Lindsey CAB, Forever, First College, Lincolnshire Credit Union, Fredericks Foundation, MAST (LCF), Community Lincs, Healthwatch Lincolnshire, Shine, Ingeus, Learning Works and East Lindsey Home Start.