TOOL LAUNCHED TO HELP ADVISERS
City Region launched a new tool to help advisers to find out what is
in place to help people get into work. Mysignpost.org was funded
through the City Employment Strategy, a partnership of six councils,
Jobcentre Plus, Skills Funding Agency, universities and the
voluntary and community sector.
The site, which has been described as a ‘practitioner’s little
black book’, is a 1-stop shop featuring the details of nearly 3,000
services across more than 70 different categories, from out of
school clubs to finance and debt support, and apprenticeship schemes
to housing services. The website includes a dedicated forum
where practitioners can network, ask questions and share knowledge.
Employers and the wider community can also use the site, searching
by theme or location to find a wide range of services which span all
aspects of work, learning and life.
The website is the first practitioner resource of its
kind in the region and it is hoped the concept may be replicated in
other areas across the country. It has been delivered in a
partnership between Liverpool City Council and Greengrape Solutions.
The idea for the resource came from staff in the Liverpool JET
service, who could see the opportunities for this information to be
provided on a wide scale.
Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council and Lead for Employment
and Skills for the City Region Cabinet, said:- “This is
another great example of people in the city region working together
well. There is a lot of support available for people who are looking
for work and it can be difficult for advisers to find the best
option. This website contains all of those options and I know that
advisers will welcome it.”
Sue Jarvis, Service Director at Knowsley Council and Lead Officer
for the City Region Employment and Skills Partnership, has played an
instrumental role in the project. She said:-“MySignpost.org is
a revolutionary new online resource which will allow organisations
and employment and skills practitioners throughout the Liverpool
City Region to access up to date information on a range of support
services to help people into work at the click of a mouse.
Ultimately, this website will help to support more people back into
John McDonald of Greengrape Solutions, the Liverpool-based
consultancy commissioned to produce the directory, said:-
“MySignpost is the result of an extensive mapping exercise setting
out which agencies are delivering what, to whom, and where - and
there is no other directory of this kind in the country. We have had
excellent feedback to date and we have been hosting a series of
launch events across the Liverpool City Region to show people the
features of the website.”
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Southport man who lost mum to cancer fronts charity campaign
James Felce has been picked to launch a fundraising campaign for
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) because of his devoted support for
James, who is 23 years old, has raised more than £3,550 when he ran
for WCRF in the London Marathon last year – just 8 months after his
mother Anne died from cancer at the age of 54. Now he features
in a mailing being sent to thousands of homes around the country to
raise the profile of the charity and raise funds for its cancer
prevention research and education programmes.
He said:- “When mum passed away I decided the best way to
remember her and contribute towards trying to stop this terrible
disease was to take part in the marathon and raise money for WCRF.
I was determined to raise as much money as possible for this cause,
which I strongly believe in, and I was able to pass on the cancer
prevention message to friends and family.
It was a great day overall but seeing my family cheering at the
halfway point really made me think about mum and how a part of the
family was missing.”
James, who is studying for a PhD in molecular immunology at Oxford
University, hopes one day to lend his scientific skills to the fight
against cancer. “It’s certainly a possibility. Cancer
immunology is quite big these days and there’s a lot of treatments
targeting tumours.” He added:- “My mum died only
two weeks after he initial symptoms and diagnosis. I would hate for
others to go through what my family and I went through.
Hopefully one day we’ll live in a world where people don’t have to
feel the helplessness of watching a loved one die from cancer but to
get there we need organisations such as WCRF to continue their
James, who ran last year’s marathon in just over three hours, shares
his personal story in the mailing sent to WCRF supporters on 21 March