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Prospects speak at Give Us A Chance Reception

02 November 2015

Prospects spoke at the Give Us A Chance House of Commons Reception highlighting employment successes achieved.

Karen Mitchell from Prospects Work Programme in the South West and Duncan Breckell, Employment and Skills Manager at Spectrum Housing Group took to the stage with Lord David Freud at the Give Us A Chance annual reception on Tuesday 27 October.

More than 150 guests heard principal guest speaker, Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform, endorse the valuable role that Give Us A Chance members play across the housing sector in supporting more people into work, towards the goal of full employment. Peter Aldous MP recognised the growth in membership to 49 organisations and was pleased to announce that this year’s reception was the biggest yet, held in the Commons’ most prestigious venue.

Give us a Chance and ERSA, the employment related service association, joined forces recognising the importance the two sectors, employment and housing, play in creating successful communities. Joining the housing and employment sectors enables the services offered to claimants to be cleverer providing individual support and provision.

Karen was joined by Shane Hughes, a Prospects customer supported through the Pathways Programme with Spectrum Housing.  Shane spoke about how Prospects provided him with support and focus, encouraging him throughout his time on the programme. Shane is now working and he and his partner are expecting a child.

Working provides many benefits over and above the financial rewards, including improved health and well-being, and Shane is now managing his anxiety and depression. Shane has turned his life around with the support of the Bournemouth Work Programme team, who are committed to improving the lives of all people across Dorset.

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