Afan Valley woman finds employment with support from EU funded
A young mother of two in the Afan Valley has
found work thanks to the support of a local employment project.
Twenty six year old Sheridan Griffiths from
Abergwynfi is now employed as a Community Centre Attendant at the
newly opened Community Enterprise Centre in Croeserw.
She was supported into her new role by the
South West Workways project, which helps people tackle the barriers
preventing them from finding work.
Led by Neath Port Talbot Council in
collaboration with Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and
Bridgend Councils, the Workways project is backed by the European
Social Fund through the Welsh Government.
Sheridan had been out of work for seven years,
and with both her children now in full time education, she felt the
time was right to return to a working environment.
“I was getting really depressed. My confidence
was at an all time low, I was desperate to get a job. I wanted to
get out more and meet new people” said Sheridan.
Living in the upper Afan Valley, Sheridan
found it tough in her jobsearch efforts. Lack of transport and
childcare were proving to be a stumbling block in her route back to
“Juggling childcare, jobsearching, whilst
depending on public transport wasn’t working out. It became clear
that a job in the local community would be ideal. I was told about
the support Workways offer and referred by my Jobcentre Plus
Whilst attending jobsearch at the Enterprise
Centre, Sheridan was able to complete a number of courses through
both Workways and Communities First. She said “I’ve been able to do
my Food Hygiene course, which enables me to do shifts in the
kitchen. I’ve also done a manual handling and customer service
skills course which has been really useful too.”
“Workways were brilliant from the start. They
have so many contacts available, and the staff are so supportive.
After just a few one-to-one meetings with my Mentor, Carol, I was
already feeling more positive about the future.”
Following the opening of the state of the art
Community Enterprise Centre, a temporary Community Centre Attendant
vacancy was made available. Sheridan successfully applied and was
offered the position.
“I was so happy to get the job, my colleagues
have been great and I’m meeting new people every day. The hours
have suited really well, and I’ve been able to work around plans
with the kids”
Sheridan proved to be an excellent member of
the team. She impressed her new employers so much that she was
delighted to be offered a permanent position at the centre at the
end of her temporary contract.
Emma Butcher, Community Development Officer
said “Sheridan has proved to be a very valuable member of staff to
our team. She is reliable, trustworthy and always there to
lend a helping hand. She has fitted in really well and is
friendly and happy at all times. She is a great asset to the
Community Development & Projects Team”.
Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port
Talbot Council sad “The centre has been a huge boost to the village
of Croeserw, and I’m pleased to see local people getting jobs in
their own community. I’d like to congratulate Sheridan and wish her
well in her future employment.”