My last three days have been spent in the wonderful St Stephen’s Children’s Centre Newham, running a Take three days programme to support local parents feel more confident and motivated about work.
Children’s Centres are a great place for parents to start thinking about their own path back to a satisfying job. Not only are they one of the few places where both children and parents are welcome on equal terms; they are also willing to challenge and encourage parents to do the best for the whole family. So help getting back to work sits happily beside healthy eating, encouraging breastfeeding, positive parenting, ESOL, IT and the many other programmes that they promote. Families with Multiple Problems will benefit in particular from their holistic approach.
This year parents move on to JSA and must be actively seeking work once their children are five. Our experience is that parents often need time to get their act together before they can realistically seek work. And where better to do that than at the local children’s centre.
This Take three days project has been funded by Workpace Newham and supported by the Mayor’s Employment Project – it is the second of twelve programmes we will be running over the next two years. Thanks to Rachel and the whole team at St Stephen’s for their support.