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Progress2work: Getting Started Week 2

Progress2work is an adult employability project funded by the European Social Fund. The programme seeks to support those further from the labour market using new and tried and tested methods.  

We are currently in the initial stages of planning and setting up the progress2work programme, and we wanted to keep track of how we’re getting on and to give updates of our progress. For the next few weeks we’ll be putting out a weekly ‘Getting Started’ news item, filled with all the details of how we’ve come together as a team and started getting the project ready for launch.  

Our second week has been full of research, with team members going into the communities and finding out about facilities, organisations, and community groups in the local areas. The project is set to cover areas within Bradford, Leeds and Kirklees, so we are getting familiar with the localities, taking stock of the area and the places available and beginning to build relationships. One of the key aspects of the progress2work project is the outreach function of the workers:  we go into the community rather than having central bases which aren’t always easily accessible for those in more remote areas. This is just one of the aspects of the progress2work project we’re really excited to offer our clients. 

Following on from our field research, we’ve been thinking about how we can promote our presence in the areas our project will operate in. We took a deeper look at our marketing strategy and set out some plans for making the project known. Using the great advice from our marketing day last week, we’ve been working on the project page on the brand new aspire-igen website. We’ve been building the project blog, and getting started on social media.  

The current issues surrounding Covid-19 mean that we’re mostly working out of office this week, so we’ve been getting to grips with the online team platforms – including using group video calling for meetings and catch-ups. We regrouped and discussed the outcomes from research: sharing ideas, contacts and starting to create links with community hubs.  

Our Therapeutic Worker has been busy creating new and adapting existing materials that will complement our client’s support needs.  We’ve also been focusing on data this week, starting to create the paperwork our team will need to record client details and progress.  

This week has seen us get out of the boardroom and into communities, and the team have created some really positive beginnings to new relationships within the local areas. We’re looking forward to learning more about the local communities, as well as the resources within the Aspire-igen network that we can collaborate with and deliver the right level of support to our clients. 

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