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Breaking Barriers, Building Futures: Our 6 Months in Newmains

In July 2023, we embarked on an exciting journey as part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF31) initiative. Over the past six months, we've been working tirelessly to support residents in Newmains, building a sense of pride and improving life chances for many.



The UK SPF programme aims to support communities across the nation by building pride in place and increasing life chances across the UK. For Routes to Work, this mission translated into engaging with economically inactive individuals, those not currently seeking employment.


Making a Difference: Our Impact in Newmains


Since July, we've provided our clients with a comprehensive range of support services, including:


  • Mindfulness, Mental Health & Wellbeing Workshops

  • Life Coaching

  • Tailored Training opportunities.

  • Benefits and budgeting advice:

    • 18 clients received assistance from our Welfare Rights Officer with benefits checks.

    • 2 clients received debt advice.

    • 1 client successfully claimed Universal Credit, resulting in a £3,505 annual gain.

    • 1 claim was made for Adult Disability Payment.


We are incredibly proud of the work we've accomplished and the positive impact we've made on the Newmains community. Here are some key achievements that showcase our success:


  • 32 clients developed their interpersonal skills and gained confidence through our peer group sessions.

  • 25 clients improved their basic skills and earned valuable qualifications.

  • 32 clients actively participated in job search activities, advancing their employability journey.

  • 3 clients facing health challenges received support in accessing appropriate healthcare services.

  • 2 clients received practical assistance with claiming benefits.

  • 11 clients secured sustainable employment.


Reaching Out to the Community


Our dedicated team recognised the need to develop creative methods to connect with individuals who might not actively seek support. This led to the organisation of several engaging events:


  • Pop-Up Village - Coltness



  • Gaming Van Event - Cambusnethan


  • Cooking on a Budget Workshop - Newmains 


  • Breakfast with Santa - Cambusnethan


  • Christmas Lunch for Clients - Newmains


Hearing from the Heart: Client Testimonials


The true measure of our success lies in the positive experiences of our clients. We spoke with several individuals who participated in the program, and here's what they had to say:


  • Alistair: "The Routes to Work Newmains project has been fantastic. I enjoyed the cooking on a budget and wellbeing workshops, and I even earned qualifications in customer service and health and safety. The team is amazing, and I highly recommend this programme to anyone unsure about their future."


  • Janet: "I faced health challenges, and Routes to Work ensured I received the support I needed. I participated in various workshops, including cooking on a budget, life coaching, and customer service. I'm also looking forward to taking the first aid course. The team has been incredibly supportive throughout."


  • Brian: "Initially, I wasn't sure what to expect. However, after meeting Sharon, I have a clear vision for my future. I've achieved my CPC qualification with their support and am enrolled in HGV class 2 driver training. These opportunities wouldn't have been possible without Routes to Work. The team is truly outstanding!"


  • Mark: "A friend introduced me to Routes to Work, and I'm so glad they did! The team has prepared me for several interviews, and their support and guidance have been invaluable. I've gotten to know the team well, and I'm incredibly grateful for their dedication to helping me find work. Well done, team!"


  • Kenneth: "Since joining Routes to Work, the assistance, support, and kindness I've received from the team have been overwhelming. I've completed qualifications, and I'm extremely grateful for their help."


We're also excited to share a video testimonial from Nicola, another one of our dear clients.



We extend our deepest gratitude to our dedicated SPF31 Team for their unwavering commitment to empowering individuals in Newmains. Through their tireless efforts, many residents have been equipped to reach for a better future, ultimately contributing to the overall well-being of the community. You are truly real-life heroes!


Get in touch with Ruotes To Work now to get the support you need!




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