Delivering hope in difficult times
An additional 300 people are to receive help in recovering
from mental ill health through a new project from Cornish
charity Pentreath Industries which will help them move towards
the labour market.
Pioneering is an Objective One project that will deliver
additional support and hope for a brighter future
to in-patients at hospitals in Bodmin, Redruth and Truro.
It is anticipated that 43% of those benefiting from the Pioneering
project will be in work or involved in further study by the
end of the scheme.
Objective One Partnership Director Carleen Kelemen said: "One
of the core aims of Objective One is to invest in the training
and education that develops a workforce with high quality
skills for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
"Investing in people recovering from mental ill health
is doubly beneficial. Not only does it give those individuals
fresh hope and the renewed confidence to play an active role
in the workforce, it also prevents the loss of skills and
abilities from the economy."
Louise Knox from Pentreath explained that Pioneering will
deliver training and employment support to 300 people over
an 18-month period.
She said: "The whole philosophy within the project is
that while people are in hospital they are at their lowest
point and at their most needy which is precisely when
they most need to know that they still have a positive future
Louise added: "Rather than talking about clinical issues
or medication, we are talking about recovery, training, learning
and jobs. As an outside agency, we provide hope by working
with people to look at how they can progress and by helping
them identify new opportunities for the future."
The £134,000 Pioneering project has been made possible
through a £52,000 Objective One investment from the
European Social Fund, with additional investment coming from
the Cornwall Partnership Trust and Pentreath itself.
The project will build on the success of previous work by
the charity enabled by earlier European investment through
Objective One. Pentreath's previous Pioneers project
gave training and vocational advice to 300 people and the
new project has already benefited 81 people since its start
in January this year.
European Social Fund (ESF)
The ESF is helping develop employment by promoting employability,
the business spirit and equal opportunities and investing
in human resources.
For further information contact:
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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