Cygnet works with individuals and people in groups to support them into training, education, employment and volunteering. Employability skills are different to the skills you have when you’re in work. When it’s been a while since you applied for a job, you might have lost confidence around putting your cv together or going to an interview.
Our funded work is group based. We find that when people get together with others in a similar situation to themselves they can learn and grow from each other. It makes them feel less alone and that they have value. Often society judges people who are out of work and this can cause people to lose confidence.
When a person meets someone else in this position they are able to see that they have commonality. They can see that other people on benefits are just like them – they’re not monsters or horrible people. They have skills and can contribute to society but something might be getting in the way of them being able to achieve this. Group work is so powerful and Cygnet facilitates groups to enable people to have a voice, express their feelings (if they want to) and their views in a safe place where they are free from judgement.
All of our group based projects also include one to one sessions. This is so we can get to know you and your needs outside of the group. We find that people are more likely to be open in a private space. Our clients also tell us that
Employability is a range of skills that help you get into work including mindset and confidence, motivation, planning and putting together a CV, filling in an application form and those interview skills.
Our work with individuals tends to be with people who are struggling to find work on their own. They can come to us independently or through their employer. People feel like they need a little bit of support and accountability – sometimes this support is emotional. It can be really stressful looking for work and facing regular rejection. This impacts on the rest of your life – relationships can suffer and paying bills becomes an issue which threatens your sense of security.
As a counsellor, Kelly enjoys working with people to help them to build up their own resilience and exploring those support networks. Sometimes the support people need is practical, and Kelly is able to provide this help too. Find out more about our work with individuals.
Kelly loves supporting people to be the best version of themselves, as she had some barriers to getting into work herself in the past. She managed to overcome these barriers but recognises the struggles people have with finding a job they love and where they feel fulfilled and happy. If you would like to discuss working with us, contact us.