First participant enters employment
13 February 2017
More than 50 people from local organisations came together last
week for the official launch of our Work Routes service in
Routes provides local unemployed people with free, one-to-one
employment support - from in-house skills training and interview
practice, to financial assistance with child care and travel.
The programme is set to support more than 3,100 people in Leeds
and Bradford over the next three years.
Katie Roo (below middle) was congratulated at the event for
being the new service's first participant to secure employment
having been unemployed for more than six years.
A single mum to six year old Ella, Katie had struggled to find
work that fit around her daughter's school hours.
"It's been extremely difficult", said Katie. "I'd been going to
interviews and nothing worked out too well."
After being referred to Work Routes by the Job Centre, Katie was
assigned a personal Employment Adviser - Kelly (above left) - who
supported her with every aspect of her job search:
"I didn't expect [Work Routes] to be as helpful as it has been",
said Katie, who is due to start her new job as a care assistant
"I suffer a little bit from anxiety, and I am
dyslexic, so I sometimes need help with certain things. Kelly has
been really supportive, helping me put things down properly in my
CV, filling in lots of forms, and pushing me in the right
direction. I'm extremely proud that I came."
As well as helping people into employment, Work Routes continues
to support participants even after they have secured a job. Each
participant is also given exclusive access to a free health and
wellbeing service, designed to support them in other areas of life,
such as diet, health, lifestyle and mental health.
Looking forward to the future
Katie is looking forward to the positive changes that her new
job will have for her and Ella.
"I'm a little bit nervous because I haven't been to work in such
a long time, so it's all new to me. But I love helping people, so
I'm sure it will be fine!
"I'm just really pleased, and I'm going to try my best to make
this work - it's very flexible hours so should be able to fit
"This job will give me and my daughter more
freedom to be able to do nice things together, rather than
struggling with benefits."
Work Routes is delivered in partnership with the Department for
Work and Pensions and funded the European Social Fund.
You find out much more about our service at workroutes.co.uk
Photos from the event by Sharon Harrison Photography.