Moving On

Not to believe that you can manage your family budget or that you have any hope of not being benefit dependant is a grave enough concern for many people today, but most likely ten times more so if you are facing an uphill confidence battle having just completed a period of time in refuge after suffering prolonged mental and physical abuse from your partner.

Moving On is a project proposal devised by CLS in partnership with Dunbritton Housing Association and West Dunbartonshire District Women’s Aid. It is aimed at helping women currently in refuge and who are out of crisis to try and think about life beyond refuge and equip themselves with skills that will make them more able to live an independent life once they leave.

This 18 month project, which will offer women access to a range of short courses, is structured to enable progression just as far as a woman feels able to go. Working in partnership with training provider Work Connect and West Dunbartonshire Employment Services, the project will offer access to the following:

  • Cookery on a budget
  • Advanced cookery
  • IT SCQF Level 3 or 4
  • Basic horticulture
  • STEPS to Excellence confidence building /goal setting
  • Employability Skills certification

Facing the world of work is frightening for most people for the first time but again, more so when you have had your confidence crushed. This project will also offer women the opportunity of a few hours a week supported work experience with one of three safe hospitality outlets. This will be particularly useful to participants who have never worked before. CLS have submitted a PCF application to support the project including the costs of transport and childcare to reduce any potential barriers to participation. We are hoping for approval in the near future.


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