Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) helps Gill set up
a business and create a more secure future for herself
When Go West Grooming in Kehelland near Camborne first opened
its doors a few weeks ago, it represented a new way of life
and a bright future for Gill Whitby. After a year of planning,
lots of hard work and practical help from Cornwall Neighbourhoods
for Change (CN4C), she is now running her own dog grooming
Gill had been a dog groomer for many years in the Midlands
and had gone on to work in Animal Nursing and Animal Welfare.
At the age of 42 she moved to Cornwall where she cared for
her elderly mother until she died in 2003. Gill was approaching
50 and needed to find a job. She started teaching dog grooming
part-time, but financially this was not enough to meet her
needs so she decided to put her skills into practice and go
Gill was referred to the CN4C Pathways to Employment programme
by her local Jobcentre. The Pathways adviser was able to access
funding for her to go on a health and safety course to update
her skills and to source a state of the art hydraulic grooming
Gill explained: "One of the biggest health hazards
encountered by dog groomers is back strain. Dogs come in all
shapes, sizes and weights and having an automatic table which
can be adjusted to varying heights is essential in order to
be able to work comfortably. At the push of a lever I can
raise the table to groom a Chihuahua, or lower it to take
an Afghan hound."
Much thought has been given to the internal decoration of
Go West Grooming. To safeguard the welfare of the dogs and
to maintain the highest standards of hygiene, the walls of
the parlour have been clad with a washable covering so they
can be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
On arrival, client details are taken and requirements discussed.
Each dog has a general health check before Gill starts the
grooming procedure. This includes bathing, drying and styling.
The average time to groom a dog is about 2 hours, depending
on the breed.
Gill continued: "Thanks to CN4C, the business
is up and running far sooner than I expected. I now feel that
my future is secure. I still have my part-time teaching work,
but I also wanted something which could continue to provide
me with an income into retirement and maybe beyond. Self-employment
was definitely the answer, but I needed a bit of help to put
it all together. I'm in control of my own life now and
I'm loving every minute."
For further information please call Barbara Smith, PR adviser
on 01736 786421.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Neighbourhood Pathways, employment
programmes delivered by CN4C and run in partnership with Jobcentre
Plus, through the European Social Fund (ESF).
Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C)
is a community-based regeneration company working with some
of the most deprived communities in Cornwall, and building
bridges into the wider community.
Neighbourhood Pathways employment programmes
are delivered by CN4C, run in partnership with Jobcentre Plus,
and financed by Jobcentre Plus and the European Social Fund
through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Objective One Programme.
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