Specialist Community Connectors from DWP have supported over 300 women in Walsall with moving forward. This has included:
Learning, training and employment opportunities
Improving confidence and self-belief
Making positive lifestyle changes, as well as mental health and wellbeing
Job support such as CV writing, application and interview skills
DWP Community Connectors have delivered their support through different activities and projects.
Empowering Women Workshop
Delivered in partnership with Walsall Black Sisters Collective and Aaina Community Hub, the aim of the workshop was to build confidence and inspire unemployed women living in Walsall to move forward to achieve future career goals and aspirations.
Motivate Your Mind Workshops
These sessions were delivered in partnership with Steps to Work to help women living in Walsall who are currently unemployed with identifying anxiety triggers, techniques to manage anxiety and encouraging a positive mindset.
Community Connectors delivered weekly Coffee Mornings at Caldmore Community Gardens and Ryecroft Community Hub, themed around opportunities available in the community e.g. volunteering, different sectors of work and training. The Coffee mornings not only offered a hub of information and support, but also a safe space for the women to come together, make friends and encourage each other to raise their aspirations.
Community Connectors also delivered other activities, including Moving Forward workshops for those who needed support with career progression, weekly newsletters and 1-2-1 tailored support.
Throughout the project, we were able to document some of the stories of women who participated and received support from the DWP Community Connectors and others.
Watch and listen to our Empowering Women Workshop film, as well as individual stories from Ana, Karvinder and Kam, Afsana, Kamala and Zarmina.
DWP Community Connectors
Community Connectors received feedback through text messages and emails from the women who participated in the project in different ways. See below what they had to say.