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WCN members in focus

On this page we profile some of our members activities with longer articles that give the flavour of what they do. If you would like your organisation to be profiled here please contact Nina Hathway by email.

Helping refugee women find jobs

Helping refugee women find jobs

The Refugee Women's Association has launched an employability programme called 'Women at the Centre' to support women from BAME communities across Westminster to access relevant training and job opportunities. Participants in the scheme will be able to benefit from one-to-one mentoring, relevant group workshops, support with their job search, filling in applications and practice in interview skills. 

Mary Doherty, the Association's Employment Engagement Officer says: "We are particularly aiming to support women who are 'economically inactive' and who may be experiencing barriers to accessing relevant training and employment opportunities. Changes to welfare benefits require claimants to be ‘job ready’ when moved onto JSA from other benefits and this transition can be challenging."  

The Refugee Women's Association welcome referrals from WCN members across Westminster. Please email Mary Doherty if you would like to know more. Check out the useful attachments below too.

THE REWARDS OF TIME CREDITS

THE REWARDS OF TIME CREDITS

If you or someone you know is out of work, or retired, or simply not getting out much and feeling isolated, then volunteering can be a rewarding way of becoming socially involved in the local community. But sometimes people need a little bit of extra motivation to do this. (And sometimes someone who is already volunteering deserves something in return.) Which is where Westminster Time Credits come in. Read more below. 

THE REWARDS OF TIME CREDITS

SHARE YOUR HOME AND CUT YOUR COSTS

SHARE YOUR HOME AND CUT YOUR COSTS

Virtually every older person you speak to would like to continue to live in their own home – but this can become a problem when they start to need help. For many, the cost of a care home is prohibitive and not at all a desirable option.. At the other end of the age spectrum, London rents and house prices are often simply prohibitive for younger people seeking to make a life in the capital.

Fortunately, there’s now an affordable service called Supportmatch run by Homeshare, which offers a potential solution to both parties. It’s an exchange of help and affordable accommodation between, usually but not restricted to, an older person who needs a little help to live more independently in their own home and a younger individual who is willing to live in and offer assistance with tasks such as cooking, cleaning, companionship, shopping, hospital appointments, computer skills and gardening, by offering 10 hours of their time every week to the householder.

Read more below.

SHARE YOUR HOME AND CUT YOUR COSTS