New Work sails on Sea success

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The team behind a project aimed at helping people at risk of redundancy has secured a second phase of funding.

The initial New Work Cornwall scheme, which ended in April and was run by Penryn-based Sea Communications, was the biggest project under the DOTT (Design of the Times) initiative.

The Sea Communications team (l-r) Mike Hewitt, Kathryn Woolf, Robert Woolf and Helena Graham

Starting in June, the second phase has been funded through the Skills Funding Agency and will support 50 people, who are either employed, self-employed, and are looking for new opportunities or to enhance their skills.

During phase one ,Sea engaged with 500 people across Cornwall, with 250 of those attending a number ‘Discovery Days’ run by the company.

Sea director, Robert Woolf, who led the project to achieve its targets eight months ahead of schedule, said: “We’re all extremely happy that we’ve been given the go ahead to start the second phase. This is something that, as a team, we have been working hard for since phase one ended in April.

“Through the Discovery Days we were able to support 250 people and take them through a process of self discovery, which will not only help them in the future, but will also contribute to supporting other people in Cornwall now we are able to start phase two. Now we will be able to take what we discovered forward to help more people.”

Workshops will take place in Truro in June and July, but with limited places interested people are advised to contact Robert Woolf on 01326 259986 to book.