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Cornwall Neighbourhoods For Change Employment Service Helps Graham To Find Work On The King Harry Ferry

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) calls its employment programme 'pathways', but for Graham Tolman 'waterways' might be more appropriate. He has recently started work as a ferry operator on the famous King Harry Ferry. Next year he will be one of the operators on their brand new ferry.

Before joining the ferry, Graham hadn't been working for four and half years, since an injury forced him to give up his previous job. When he got better and was ready to go back to work, he found the prospect daunting. He explained: "Being offered the job on the ferry was like a dream come true. It's something I'd always wanted to do. However, without the help I had from CN4C and Redruth Jobcentre I might not have been able to take it. Pathways were able to help with gap funding to see me through the first month after I came off benefit and before I had my first salary. That was absolutely crucial. It meant I kept my independence. Now I couldn't be happier."

Tim Light, managing director of King Harry Ferry is equally pleased with the outcome. He said: "With the new larger capacity ferry due to start service in March 2006, we decided to review operations in order to improve the customer experience and reduce queuing times. As part of this review we decided to employ a third crew member to speed up loading and unloading and also provide information to our visitors on the local area. We were looking for a mature person who had good local knowledge and enjoyed talking to people. Graham was the ideal man for the job."

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) has been helping people develop their individual pathways to training and employment for four years and has recently extended their programme after receiving further investment from Objective One and the European Social Fund via Jobcentre Plus.

The pathways approach is to go out into the community to meet their clients and work on a one to one basis to help individuals identify the obstacles which are standing in their way. CN4C offers a wide range of practical help, such as small grants for suitable work clothes and identifying childcare options.

Fergus Murray chief executive of CN4C said: "We pride ourselves on building bridges between local people's aspirations and jobs and economic opportunities in the county. A ferry is not quite a bridge, but this striking example shows how with a bit of support, people can cross the barriers that stop them accessing employment and opportunity."

For further information please contact Barbara Smith, PR adviser for CN4C on 01736 786421 or 07801 947897.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Jobcentre Plus Co-Financing Phase 2 through the European Social Fund (ESF). The Programme has also invested in the King Harry Ferry through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Editor's notes:

Neighbourhood Pathways programmes are delivered by CN4C, run in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, and are financed by Jobcentre Plus and the European Social Fund through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Objective One Programme.

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) is a community-based regeneration company working with some of the most deprived communities in Cornwall, focusing on the residents of often long-neglected housing estates on the edges of Cornwall's towns and villages.

Jobcentre Plus contributes to the Government's aim of tackling poverty, reducing worklessness, promoting growth and opportunity, and modernising Government - working with a range of partners to promote work as the best form of welfare.

The King Harry Ferry was founded in 1888 and crosses King Harry's Passage, on the old Pilgrim's route to St Michael's Mount. Today the ferry makes its way between Feock and the Roseland every 20 minutes. It's one of only five remaining chain ferries in the UK and was recently voted one of the top ten most beautiful ferry crossings in the world.*
*Independent on Sunday


Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

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