Skills for life

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Submitted by: Willowbank Financial Services

Description

Write for Work is a dynamic initiative that supports participants to develop and strengthen their writing skills for the workplace and beyond. With the rise of social media, advancement of technologies and the increasing demand on workers to diversify their skillset, good writing skills have become essential. Individuals and organisations are now required to engage, challenge and share ideas or work through a vast variety of forums and platforms, all the while keeping up with relevant online advancements. Using creative writing techniques and a groupwork methodology, Write to Work has been designed to support unemployed learners to upskill and develop their writing techniques. WoW’s Write to Work programme, has been hugely successful to date; participants give very strong feedback about the benefits of the programme. As an Arts Council England organisation, and a development partner of the Liverpool City region Enterprise Hub, we are very aware of the opportunities for writers, creatively and within business. Former participants have gained employment or work experience, for example in writing blogs and reviews for a range of publications. Some have also gone on to gain a new job. One former participant is now a regular paid contributor to Get into This, an online magazine. This allows her to work flexibly while raising a young family; five participants have had material accepted by The Guardian. In 2016 WoW hosted events at the International Festival for Business on the world of work, which revealed increasing opportunities for writers to gain paid and flexible work. Through anonymous feedback, focus groups with participants, and consultation with professionals in local industries, and the number of people applying for the Write to Work course, we have overwhelming evidence that this project meets the needs of both the local community, particularly those from disadvantaged areas and groups, and local employers.
Over a 12-week period, for one day per week, the course will present sessions on; Creative Writing & Story-telling; the Gaming industry; Writing for publicity – press releases, etc; Blogging for culture & business; Proof reading & editing; IT skills & website maintenance; Enterprise, employment & self-employment.
The course will be delivered by an experienced Senior Project Manager and experienced writers. Guest talks will be delivered by industry professionals. Three Write to Work courses will be delivered within a 12-month period.
Stages of Project Delivery:
Extensive live and social media marketing & recruitment campaign and liaison with community organisations; Assessment of learner needs; Through workshops learners begin progress towards producing work that can be showcased on the dedicated website, in hardback publication and at a celebration event. This will be part of their writing portfolio; First multi-media celebration event & launch of first publication; Second Course commences; 2nd celebration event & book launch; 3rd Course commences; 3rd celebration event & book launch; Project evaluation: 1-1 interviews, focus groups involving beneficiaries and partners; Evaluation report delivered. With a track record of delivering hundreds of projects and an annual month-long festival every year since 2000, WoW has developed and delivers a comprehensive Community Engagement strategy engaging the most marginalised groups, particularly, for Write to Work, the long-term unemployed, who face many barriers to participation, particularly in learning and training. Our staff are highly qualified and experienced in project delivery and community engagement. Our figures for diversity in audience and project participants are among the highest in the UK for a mainstream arts-based organisation. With having our office and delivering projects in the Toxteth Library in L8 ensures we are well grounded within local communities. This project would be available to all unemployed people within the Liverpool City Region.

Writing on the Wall

Location: Liverpool

My father in law could not read or write and this hindered him all his life. This organisation can change peoples lives
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