There were celebrations last week as nine West of England Works Building Better Opportunities participants were recognised for their achievements at an award ceremony held locally in Weston-super-Mare. They each won an award for their progress and successes after joining the programme following addiction treatment at Broadway Lodge.
The day brought Broadway Lodge together with the other nine south west-based partner organisations of the programme which is led by Weston College and funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. You can see the proud award winners in the photo above alongside members of our team: Wendy, Sophie, Clair and Omaish who all support participants with their individual goals.
The West of England Works Programme is open to eligible people who face barriers to employment (due to a past of addiction or offending for example) to help improve their future career prospects. The work undertaken by the team here at Broadway Lodge includes group and one to one recovery support, help with CV creation, individual support, help to enrol in training and education courses and help to access paid or voluntary employment. Participants often report how the programme has helped them to build confidence and self-esteem which in turn has benefitted their mental health.
“We recognise that often no one organisation can suit all the needs and often complex requirements of one person, so through our partners we work together to meet the needs of people who are struggling to get into the job market or training. Together we provide a unique model of supporting people on the journey from social exclusion to participation in education, training and employment.” West of England Works
Since joining the programme, many participants have discovered a new career path, found paid employment and gained new qualifications. One participant struggled to read and write when they were admitted to Broadway Lodge for treatment and have now just completed their GCSE english and maths exams as well as college courses in health & social care and counselling. Another participant is due to begin their university studies to become a qualified counsellor and another is working in their dream job as a personal trainer.
All of these inspiring people who are now fulfilling their aspirations, have built themselves back up from rock bottom and show that recovery really is possible.