Neighbourhood Pathways to Employment
helps a dream come true in Camborne
Neighbourhood Pathways is a unique employment initiative
created by Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C ) and
Jobcentre Plus and is funded by Jobcentre Plus and the European
Social Fund. NPE goes out into the community to help people
take their first steps towards the ultimate goal of training,
volunteering and finding a job.
After 15 years without full-time employment, David Jewell
from Camborne now has more than enough to keep him busy. He
has opened his own shop, and business is booming in the run-up
to Christmas. Collectorama sells antiques and collectables,
with particular emphasis on film and film memorabilia.
However, just a few months ago, when David first met Robi
Keetch, an adviser from Neighbourhood Pathways to Employment
(NPE), he was claiming Job Seekers Allowance, and doing some
voluntary work. Despite being a skilled electrician, David
had not been able to find permanent work.
NPE was launched earlier this year to help people find their
own pathway towards fulfilling employment, and David's is
one of their first success stories. He had long dreamed of
running a shop, and being able share his own passion for cinema
and film with other enthusiasts. Suddenly everything came
A shop became vacant close to his home; he had a small legacy
for some of the start-up costs, and an NPE allowance towards
the fixtures and fittings. Robi also helped David write a
business case to apply for funding to buy specialist Portable
Appliance Testing (PAT) equipment. The law requires that all
electrical equipment being resold to the public is PAT tested,
and now David is able to use his electrical training to ensure
that the goods he sells are safe to use.
David explained: "My interest in film stems from the time
when I worked at Camborne's old Cameo Cinema the one
with the double seats in the balcony. I've been collecting
cameras, projectors and cans of celluloid film ever since.
My electrical training means I can restore and test the equipment
myself. Now I'm getting involved with the Chamber of Commerce
and Cornish Retailers. There are connections to be made everywhere,
if you choose to get involved."
Robi said: "The Pathways approach is all about helping people
make their own choices. We can offer advice and guidance,
and that little bit of funding - or access to training - which
can make all the difference, and then continue to support
them even when they start work. I still see David on a regular
basis, but these days he's more likely to sell me a projector
than ask for advice."
Anyone who would like to know more, can call the team on
Freefone 0800 328 4065.
To arrange, please call David Jewell on 07881 713369
Collectorama, 79 Trellowarren Street, Camborne
Barbara Smith, PR Adviser: 01736 786421/07801 947897
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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