Alex appointed to help Winchester’s unemployed into work

Press Release: 21/10/2014

Alex Solomon

Winchester City Council is working with the national agency Sova to provide a new service to help unemployed people to find work.

The employment mentoring service will recruit and train volunteers to mentor unemployed people across the Winchester District. Locally-recruited mentors will provide practical and moral support as well as basic advice and signposting to other services for unemployed residents in the Winchester District from all age-groups and backgrounds.

Sova is a charity that works with people who find themselves in difficult situations. They do this by making sure those people have someone on their side to help them to build better lives. They secured the contract in Winchester through a competitive bidding process, and come with a 35-year track record of delivering high quality mentoring services across the country.

Alex Solomon has been appointed by Sova as the Project Manager to run the new service in the Winchester District and will be based in Winchester City Council’s offices. Alex has previously worked for Sova on an employability focused project based at a Probation Office in Hertfordshire. This role involved assisting offenders to access education, get into employment and reduce their chances of re-offending. She has strong project management and communication skills as well as experience of managing volunteers.

Alex said:

I am really looking forward to using the skills and knowledge I have gained from my pervious experience in this exciting new role in Winchester. My first challenge is to find volunteer mentors to provide support to unemployed people. I hope to be able to make a real difference to the lives of those living in the Winchester District.

Cllr Robert Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council, added:

The aim of the new service is to reduce dependency on benefits and move jobseekers towards employment. Although unemployment in the district is relatively low there are pockets where levels are significantly higher. Winchester has so much to offer its residents, but those on low incomes are often unable to make the most of the opportunities on their doorstep.

If you would like to mentor a job seeker please contact Alex Solomon at asolomon@winchester.gov.uk or on 01962 848 396 or 07980732005. For information about the employment mentoring service visitwww.winchester.gov.uk/employmentmentoring