Volunteering leads to paid employment for Deborah – #povertyinwales
Deborah Price started volunteering with Communities 2.0 while she was looking for work. She helped to run computer sessions, with a local Job Club, at Merthyr Tydfil Central Library. As a result, Deborah has recently secured a job as an advisor with the town’s Work Programme.
In her new position, Deborah will be using many of the skills that she acquired while volunteering, including helping people with CVs, creating and using an e-mail account, conducting job searches and applying for jobs online. Deborah would also find information on interview techniques, for people who attended the sessions.
Deborah told Communities 2.0 how she felt on going back into paid employment: “Well, I’m over the moon. I had been out of work for quite a while. Being a volunteer on the course initially taught me how to search for jobs myself and also gave me more confidence at interviews”.
Deborah also had advice for people who found themselves in a similar situation: “You can’t find work without the web. These days, you can’t just go into local businesses, handing in your CV, in the hope of getting work. Nine times out of ten, you have to go online to apply for a vacancy. You need practice and patience with computers. My advice would be to find a local course, in a library or another community venue – that will give you the help you need”.
Deborah supported the provision of drop-in computer sessions by Communities 2.0. Information on the sessions that people can access in Wales can be found on the ‘Computer Courses Near You’ section of the Communities 2.0 website.
This is an example of how Communities 2.0 is supporting the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty Action Plan.