Learning Links (Southern) Ltd is an Age Friendly Island project working to reach out and support people aged 50+ who are at risk of social isolation and/or redundancy to become more active and positively engaged, through new skills and opportunities.
The Employment Support Programme consists of the following projects:
Tutor Sessions (8 hours p/session):
~ I.T in the Workplace: Older people will have an introduction to fundamental I.T skills required for the workplace, which will help overcome social isolation and barriers to employment by building self-confidence, independence and engagement. Skills will include learning to set-up, access and send Emails, learning to access and use the Internet and producing, editing and saving Word documents.
~ Networking: Older people will explore approaches used to help promote themselves in the workplace, either by paper, electronically or in person. I.T will be used to help produce or up-date C.V’s, register with on-line Job Sites, and set-up a Facebook page and Linked-in profile.
Peer to Peer Volunteer Project:
Learnings Links has established a Peer to Peer Volunteer Project and provide volunteers with the skills and knowledge to help sustain it which will leave a legacy of older people supporting others. Training and on-going supervision are provided so that volunteers are able to offer support & encouragement to other older people. The Project creates a range of opportunities by involving older people in the other projects on the island for working-age adults. All those involved will be provided with advice and guidance from a qualified adviser.
As part of the programme, Learning Links has created, trained and set-up an Employment Panel. The panel is made up of Volunteers aged 50+ (employed or unemployed) who have the skills, knowledge and experiences to identify factors which impact on social isolation and employment for those 50+. This Panel informs future projects and strategies aimed at helping to overcome barriers to employment and promote social inclusion for older people. The Panel advises, informs and promotes the voice of those 50+ to employers, businesses and local groups.