Week 23 
Welcome to the Twenty Third bulletin 
Our first two WISH Virtual Workshops have already taken place and today (4th of September) at 2pm we looked at all kinds of ways to job search, which will provide new ideas for those who are struggling a bit with the monotony of it. Why not sign up for the coming weeks' workshops and see if someone has a brilliant tactic that you haven’t tried yet? It’s been great to get together and remember that there are similar frustrations for others too and you are definitely not on your own!  
Online courses that you might wish to consider 
We have been contacted by The WEA who have spaces on the following courses which are free to those in receipt of benefits. For more information you can enrol online or call 0300 303 3464 
Confidence Building and Coping with Change 
Counselling. Starting 16/09/20 12:30pm, 6 weeks- click here 
An introduction to using counselling skills to enhance communication at work or in your personal life.  
Coaching for Positive Change. Starting 18/09/20 10am, 6 weeks - click here 
Participants will learn to be able to make a difference in their lives, making a change and respond to new circumstances. They will learn to recognise physical and emotional signs of anxiety.  
Moving Forwards. Starting 24/09/20 1pm, 10 weeks - click here 
A course for anyone looking to make a difference in their lives, making a change, achieve goals, focusing on physical and mental health.  
Resilience – How to Bounce back and Grow. Starting 30/09/20 10am, 10 weeks - click here 
To provide an introduction to the key skills of psychological resilience, and an opportunity to practice and embed techniques and habits that will enable you to meet life challenges and navigate transitions smoothly.  
Back to Work Skills 
50+ Employability. Starting 29/09/20 10am, 8 weeks - click here 
The aim of this course is to support you to develop confidence, identity and self-worth. By planning actions towards your goals you can move forward and learn how to adopt positive behaviours to improve your performance and personal effectiveness.  
Computer Skills for Work Starting 02/10/20 10am, 8 weeks. click here 
This course is designed to build your confidence about returning or going to work. Developing key skills and independence in using the fundamental elements of Word and Excel.  
Recognise your Potential – (Taster). Starting 19/10/20 just a 2 hour taster session click here 
Boost confidence and realise that your skills and qualities count. 
Recognise your Potential – (full 6 week course). Starting 02/11/20 10am. click here 
Boost confidence and realise that your skills and qualities count. 
Job search, Applications and Interviews Starting 15/09/20, 10am, 6 weeks. click here 
This course is for anyone who is lacking in confidence about their abilities and the skills and qualities they have to offer in the workplace. The course covers Transferable Skills, How to find and apply for Jobs, Tips on how to write a CV and Covering Letter & how to give a good impression at Interviews. 
Skill of the week - Optimism 
A bit of a funny one perhaps, especially in these uncertain times, but employers are looking for people who are enthusiastic about working for them even if it isn’t your ideal job. Spend time this week noticing how you react to comments that people make and try to gauge whether someone who didn’t know you well would describe you as a generally positive person to be around. If you are finding yourself feeling negative about everything maybe you need some help – we have posted plenty of links on previous bulletins or get in touch with us to find someone to talk to. 
Interview question of the week - Would you be happy to work in the office once we are all back in our usual building? 
Obviously everyone's situation is different and your answer will depend on your personal circumstances. Take some time to think about what factors you need to take into account if you were to be asked this today. 
Do you have health issues that might impact on your ability to return immediately? 
Are you able to do the role effectively from home, with the necessary IT and physical surroundings? 
Do you have caring responsibilities and how would you be affected if other parts of the infrastructure were suddenly restricted like schools, transport and parking. 
What else would you need to put in place to make it work? 
This question is actually only a COVID variation on the one which every person needs to ask themselves when applying for any job, but it is especially important that you sound confident and avoid vague statements. Please don’t make the assumption that if you are not ready to return yet that you will automatically be ruled out of getting the job, rather be prepared to explain how you have already considered potential issues and suggest possible solutions. 
If you would like to chat through how you could answer this positively and practice your “pitch” then get in touch. 
If you would like some support to help you to identify where your skills could be used in another way, please get in touch for a chat. 
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health 
Have you tried the Horsham Riverside walk yet? There is a 13 mile walk all around Horsham that can be accessed from a variety of points. You can do the whole circuit or just part of it. Horsham Riverside Walk 
Places Leisure is open again – if you haven’t ventured back yet then check out the information about what is available to access currently and plans for the coming weeks. Places Leisure re-opening 
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - WISH-live-vacancies/ 
If you would like some one-to-one job searching support, then fill in your details on this link contact-us and we will get in touch. 
And finally 
We are committed to helping you on your journey towards employment so please get in touch if we can help you in any way. It has been great to speak, text or email with many of you over the last couple of weeks and hear how you are getting on. 
Richard and Mel 
Richard Brooks FIEP - Director. 
Mobile - 07783 222956 
Office - 01403 627766 
Email - richard.brooks@setas.org.uk 
Specialist Employment, Training and Advice Services 
Mel Simmonds 
Mobile – 07855 634679 
Email – simmondsmel@icloud.com 
SETAS Ltd. Bailey House, 4-10 Barttelot Road, Horsham, RH12 1DQ 
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