The sixth year for Norfolk Community College has definitely been an exciting one for the project. With so many new DPS projects launching, new staff members and trainees joining the team, and many success stories to go along with them.
As 2022 is coming to a close, we wanted to reflect on some of the highlights of this year and all of the amazing things our partners, providers, and participants have achieved.
Here are some of the best moments from this every month this year!
Access Community Trust had their STEAM café featured in Lynn News, discussing the main goal of working to reduce the stigma of mental health to people not only on the project but also the general public.
Norfolk Community College, with a wide range of partner organisations and employers, took part in the East Coast College Community Jobs Fair held at the Great Yarmouth campus. This huge event allowed us to meet attendees of all different ages and backgrounds to discuss the project and its services, resulting in plenty of successful sign-ups.
Future Project Employment Development workers Leigh and Gail started their weekly Employment Support programme to help participants on the project with online work search, updating CV’s and cover letters, as well as IT support at Gorleston and Great Yarmouth libraries as well as STEAM Café.
Although it was a quiet time for the projects with everyone enjoying the Easter break, we brought on a new member to our team to handle management for our DPS projects.
The Waterways Vocational Support DPS launched in Great Yarmouth & Gorleston by Access Community Trust, with the aim of building participants’ confidence, wellbeing, and interpersonal skills in order to prepare them to go back to work.
Participants on the Action Community Enterprises Springboard Project worked hard to set up a craft fair at the Castle Quarter in Norwich to support their creative ability to take the first steps toward self-employment and grow their new business. The fair was a success as participants enjoyed showcasing and selling their self-made products to attendees.
With the gradual rise of the Cost of Living crisis, we created the Choices DPS project with Action Community Enterprises to offer free support to anyone living in Norwich and Great Yarmouth.
Action Community Enterprises were expanding and had their open day to celebrate their new premises in Great Yarmouth. This massive change allowed participants in the local area to access their many great mini-projects and training/education opportunities.
In September, we took a visit to Shrublands Community Trust to learn about their volunteering opportunities as well as their Food Club – a shop that offers high-quality products for very low prices to support those struggling with the Cost of Living Crisis for those living in Gorleston. Two DPS Projects aimed at helping unpaid carers were awarded, well done Dial and Action Community Enterprises.
Voluntary Norfolk hosted a peer group session in October at The Waterloo Park in Norwich for past and present participants to talk about their experiences on the project and how the skills they learned whilst enrolled continue to help them on a regular basis. Those who attended the session found it to be enlightening as they got to meet people who were previously and currently in their position.
The team at DIAL were working alongside employers to help them understand the importance of hiring people with a disability, and the amazing benefits they can bring to a company and its workplace through the Disability Confident scheme.
Just recently, the team at Norfolk Community College, as well as all of our partner and provider organisations, were invited to attend the National Celebration hosted by The National Lottery Community Fund which is one of our fantastic project funders. It was an inspirational time learning about how Building Better Opportunities has worked to help people across England.
From all of us at Norfolk Community College, thank you for a great year of success, and we look forward to showcasing some of the many exciting and upcoming events we have planned for the final few months of the project next year.
We will be closed during the seasonal period starting December 23rd PM and will be returning January 3rd AM.