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Unemployed over 50’s across Preston invited to four-week programme to help with mental health and job prospects

Posted on - 7th September, 2021 - 10:05am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Health, Politics, Preston News
The four week programme is set to be beneficial to many

Lancashire Mind, the mental health charity, has launched a new self-development course for residents within the Preston area who are over 50 and currently unemployed.

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The free four-week programme aims to identify personal barriers to work within a friendly, social setting, helping individuals to build personal skills and self-confidence to help secure future employment.

Residents are invited to attend an informal drop-in information session at The Gujarat Centre on either Thursday 9 or 16 September between 2-4pm, before starting the four-week course.

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Maira Butt, Coaching Lead at Lancashire Mind, said: “The pandemic has affected everyone differently but many over 50’s who are out of work have reported feeling very isolated during lockdown.

“People are invited to drop in for either of the two sessions to find out if they are eligible and access valuable support and guidance.

“The free four-week programme is a great chance for people to meet others in a similar situation within a friendly and welcoming environment, have a relaxed chat and work out their next move, especially if they have experienced redundancy or have been out of work for a long time.

“Individuals over 50 can face complex barriers when trying to re-enter the world of work including poor health, low confidence, age discrimination and caring responsibilities.

“The Age of Opportunity campaign aims to empower older people, improving participants’ circumstances and overall wellbeing.

“Lancashire Mind are here to help people navigate these challenges, boost confidence and help participants succeed in securing suitable employment.”

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The four-week programme will start on Thursday 23 September, with sessions focusing on employability skills and goal setting, emotions and wellbeing, local community support, and advice on moving forward.

To find out more, contact Maira Butt on 07964058027 or mairabutt@lancashiremind.org.uk

To register for the Age of Opportunity programme, visit http://bit.ly/BBOLancsMind

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