TimeBank runs a friendly project, called Future Shift, focused on the world of work. They support people in Hull looking for work, wanting to start a business or interested in full time training to explore their choices and help them to get to where they want to be. All the services are free offering an all-round package to help people towards a more fulfilling work life.
An introduction to the Future Shift project
The Future Shift project is provided by TimeBank Hull and East Riding and has a specific focus on the world of work and all the wonderful opportunities and choices relating to it.
They offer bespoke support to those seeking work, wanting to start a business or apply for full time training and are here to support ANYONE from eligible Hull postcode areas, in whatever way they need. The project welcomes people from all walks of life and with varying needs and have access to interpretation services, welcome those with mental health challenges, learning difficulties, those who are neurodiverse etc. The centre in East Hull has disabled access and a gender-neutral toilet.
We are a CLLD funded project and therefore, unfortunately, restrictions around postcode do apply.
IT equipment and support
Future Shift can offer free laptops to keep with IT support, if needed. With the internet being such an important part of the world of work, many participants benefit from having their own laptop and support with how to use it. There are opportunities for training to help others use IT via their Pass IT On project.
Coaching and mentoring
They offer a range of support to help people move towards work or training. This includes identifying the most enjoyable types of work best suited to them and their life. Looking at an individual’s interests, strengths and needs and use a broad range of coaching and mentoring tools to bring out the best in them. Time and space is offered to explore career aims and plan realistic goals.
The team can help identify suitable jobs, including showing how to sign up for updates from job vacancy sites.
The programme will support those without a CV to create one and particularly love assisting with first time CVs for those who have never worked. For those who already have a CV, they can offer a CV MOT – a chance to look at tweaking it to ensure it is up-to-date and stands out from the crowd. They can also help identify volunteering and training opportunities via the TimeBank network and our other projects, such as the MAGIC water management project, to enhance your experience and offer to employers. Help and support is also given with completing job applications, interview preparation and practice and bolster confidence with the big step that is starting a new job.
Group or 1:1 mentoring is available around identifying strengths, confidence-building and overcoming challenges to getting into work. These are particularly popular following health setbacks (physical or mental), returning to work after a break for any reason, including maternity leave, or starting work for first time. These sessions are open to all participants.
Fast track job-seeking support
For those who want more traditional support and know what work they are looking for, they can signpost to job websites, review CVs, proofread job applications and help write letters to potential employers. Intensive support can be offered to those needing to quickly secure work.
An interview and work clothes library
Future Shift have an interview and work clothes library. This works like a regular book library but instead of books, interview and work clothing is available to borrow.
Help to find and start training
For those focused on training rather than work, support can help to find affordable training or enter full time study. They can support throughout the application process and help apply for student loans or funding.
In terms of finding out about different sectors, types of work and making meaningful contacts within workplaces, there is a friendly TimeBank membership of approximately 1000 people, both individuals and businesses. Project participants are welcome to join the TimeBank and access members’ skills, request volunteering opportunities and much more.
Starting or expanding a business
The programme is excited to offer support to those wishing to start a new business or develop an existing business or begin self-employment. There are meeting and hot desk spaces available to use at Marfleet Community Centre (East Hull). They offer use of their professional kitchen and catering sector training is available to those who are interested.
Creating a co-operative
They are keen to support local people who might like to start a co-operative business together, where everyone has an equal voice. There’s no boss telling anyone what to do!
For more information contact Adele or Angi – (We are working from Tuesday 4 Jan 22 and would love to hear from you):