Wise Steps

Wise Steps helps people in Tyne and Wear to transform their lives with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The project provides one to one tailored support to help people take positive steps towards work.

Wise Steps is a partnership of local organisations led by the Wise Group. It is a truly collaborative project, bringing together local partners with a range of skills and knowledge to help people across Tyne and Wear. to increase their job prospects and improve their well being.

You will receive one to one support from a coach. Together you will look at the personal challenges you may face in finding a job. Wise Steps will help increase life skills, build your confidence, help you manage your money better, and make you ready for work.

You will also receive support during job search, training, volunteering and work experience, as well as in-work support.

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Is Wise Steps for you?

Wise Steps customers must be:

  • aged 18 and over
  • legally resident in the UK.
  • able to take paid employment in the European Union
  • unemployed or economically inactive (e.g. not in work, not available for work or not seeking work)
  • experiencing multiple barriers towards getting a job

The programme will consist of intensive one-to-one support and access to a range of specialist partners to help improve wellbeing and tackle barriers to employment.

Leonard Cheshire is the specialist partner which will provide specialist digital inclusion support for the Wise Steps Programme. Our delivery activity will run from February 2017 to December 2021 and will include:

  • Coaching partner staff awareness training on supporting disabled people to use IT equipment and get online; to support referrals to us for further digital inclusion support.
  • Within coaching partner sites, we will be able to undertake an assessment of the IT equipment available for clients to use and suggest adaptations and additional equipment to make it more accessible.
  • When coaching partners undertake assessments with clients, we will be able to support disabled clients in terms of assessing an individual’s IT needs – offering trials of a range of adapted IT equipment.
  • Where there is a need for specific hardware or software adaptations we can provide training to use the equipment in a group or 1-1 setting, depending on needs.
  • Online training materials for improving:
    • basic online IT skills
    • literacy
    • numeracy
    • employability

Where is it delivered?

  • Newcastle
  • Gateshead
  • North Tyneside
  • South Tyneside
  • Sunderland

How to apply

If you're interested in taking part please contact Tony Adamson on tony.adamson@leonardcheshire.org or Toby Wallace on toby.wallace@leonardcheshire.org.