WISH - Horsham District Council Partnership
Supporting Horsham District Residents to move closer to or into the labour market or further learning.
SETAS delivered WISH on behalf and in partnership with Horsham District Council and Jobcentre Plus.
This project ran from June 2018 and ended in June 2021.
Over the three years we worked with a huge variety of people. These included individuals who had never worked, through to long-term unemployed and young adults seeking their first paid employment opportunity.
Initially designed as a face-to-face Job Club format, offering individual and group sessions, delivered at various locations across the district.
Over the last eighteen months this has changed to an entirely online engagement, carrying out 1-2-1s and employability workshops on Zoom, as well as weekly employability and vacancy bulletins.
Overall, we engaged with 347 people, assisting at least 175 into sustained employment.
A few comments from WISH Participants
I would like to thank you for your help and advice to date, its a whole new world out there to navigate.
Hope all goes well with WISH after June and that your services continue to help those that need it during their search for employment.
Hi Richard. I really appreciate you taking the time to draft a revised version of my CV, it looks fantastic and it was really in need of a more simplified layout, I had spent too long prioritising that and it looks far more professional and easy to read.
“….. My niece, asked me to pass on her thanks to you, for your help in writing her letter and cv last year, which enabled her to get the job she’s currently doing at the Company in Crawley. She absolutely loves it there - a blessing in disguise getting redundancy from Morrison’s. So, thank you.”
you may remember I interviewed for a job with the Surgery back in September and didn’t get it. Well, the practice manager has been in touch to offer me the job as “it has now become available” and I start on 1 December. I am so delighted as I was beginning to lose hope that I’d find anything, and at least for me it’s the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel. I’ll keep on recommending SETAS to friends and former colleagues.
My thanks to you both for your support and helpful links and I wish you all the best for the future.
“Hi Richard, Excellent !! Good job. Thank you very much for my Cv. It looks better. Well done. Regards
I came to the Wish Job club having unfortunately been made redundant from my previous long term role. Richard helped me to rewrite my CV and proof read cover letters, while Mel suggested some local employers who may be worth considering. I found them both welcoming and supportive, they helped me to question what to look for as well as providing helpful support having lost my previous position. They also stayed in touch during the COVID19 lockdown.
I would definitely recommend the club for anyone in a similar position.”
Wow, thank you so much! It looks so much clearer!
Thanks again for all of your help. You've given me a much-needed boost and a glimmer of hope! I will let you know how I get on.
“I am grateful for your support as you have shed some external perspective on my approach which is invaluable.”
“Thanks for all your help and assistance in my prepping for the interview. Onwards and up!”
“Thanks for your message. I will have a go at the useful things you suggest and come back to you when I have a bit more focus. Then we can have a more purposeful conversation. Thanks again for the support and insight.”
“I love it Richard, Thank you very much for that. I will totally update my profile in LinkedIn following that one. I don’t know if there is any more ways to thank you, but if you get feedback, I will be happy to do a positive one for you..”
“I look forward to receiving the WISH bulletin every week and read it from “cover to cover”. I also checked out some of the wellbeing team’s advice on how to answer your children’s questions and how to reassure them.”
“Thanks for the e-mail and the bulletins that have been coming through, they are really helpful, and I am liking the Interview questions (make you think!).”
“The bulletin e-mails have been very helpful and thought provoking. I have particularly enjoyed the ‘interview of question of the week’ and found the STAR method for responding and structuring an answer excellent.”
“…. It’s got so much useful stuff in it especially about home exercise. It’s actually made me feel calmer for the first time in days reading it.”