At SESKU Academy we do lots of good in community by helping people find jobs, college courses and support people with issues at home here a few good news stories to show the work we have done.
The Old Quarry Adventure Playground
I would like to say a massive Thank you to Adam Redfern and his team from Sesku Academy for delivering a Risk Assessment course to 24 residents from the Warwick estate Knottingley last Saturday on our Volunteer It Yourself Project. Training and courses are very limited in this area, but with Sesku’s help, a Level 2 Health and Safety in Risk Assessment course was delivered right here on the residents doorstep, which made it a lot more accessible than ever before.
The VIY project engaged 24 local residents aged 14-24 in painting the outdoor play equipment on our adventure playground. This gave local residents the opportunity to learn hands on skills whilst gaining an accreditation. They all left the project with a real sense of achievement and felt they had made a valuable contribution to our playground and the wider community.
Thank you and best wishes
Kathleen Waugh Age 18 (Hemsworth)
We have been working with Kathleen Waugh since June 2013 she had some issues at home and was living with a host family in Hemsworth, she had very low confidence and self-esteem and wasn’t engaging in college and was classed as NEET, she had spoken to a friend about Youth Contract at SESKU Academy and wanted to get involved at first we built a relationship with her and looked at her options like college and apprenticeships and started moving her forward with her life, we then found a business studies level 2 course at Hemsworth Community College which she started in September 2013 everything was going well and she was growing in confidence then her life took a turn for the worse when her host family asked her to leave as she was nearly 18 years old, this upset Kathleen and she ended up homeless SESKU Academy kicked in and gave her the support she needed. The first step we took was to take her to the Open Door Project in Wakefield to find her some temporary accommodation while the SESKU team found her something more permanent in our local area so she could continue to attend college we found her a property and helped her financially with the bond so she could move in and start to rebuild her life. we then gave Kathleen a chance to get involved at SESKU as a volunteer which helped build her sports skills and helped her grow into a confident young women now she gets involved regular at SESKU Academy and helps out in the holidays running sports activities and holiday clubs.
Neil Keeley Age 54 (South Kirkby)
Neil Keeley came to SESKU after he had been out of work for over 8 years he had worked previous as a miner then worked doing bits of warehouse jobs on agency etc. He wanted a career we talked about his options and he decided he would complete our security training and get his SIA badge which would allow him to work in the security industry. We got him through his qualification and gave him some on the job experience to improve his C.V and improve his chances of gaining employment which worked out really well we had a contact at Fox Security in Pontefract who gave him a chance and neil ,loved his job and had 100% attendance, after Neil had been there 3 months working ,we spotted a job working at a hospice in Pontefract doing security which was better paid and more like what Neil wanted we sent off his C.V and he got the job and is still working there now.
Melvin Kepke 56 (Kingsley)
Mevin had been unemployed for over 12 years he worked at the Hemsworth Colliery and didn’t have any other skills so found it hard to find employment in our local area, he had not received any help at job center and felt really let down and was desperate to find employment and wanted to get off benefits as this was making him feel low and depressed. While Melvin was at a local job club he made contact with a SESKU Academy staff member who was offering support at the job club with c.v building and interview help he was asked if he would like to visit SESKU Academy Community Centre to see how we could help him further and improve his chances of finding full time work. Melvin attended his meeting and we found that he may like to work in security so we booked him onto our SIA Security course which he passed then we gave him support to get his SIA licence and offered him some work experience at the community center which boosted his confidence and improved his C.V we then applied for some security jobs and eventually he was successful and Melvin is now working full time for Protex Security.
Sarah Phillips 17 (South Elmsall)
Sarah Phillips was not sure what courses she wanted to attend at college and needed some extra support and advice to help her make the right decisions and career moves she had spoken with a friend who had also been involved with SESKU Academy on Youth Contact, after a few weeks going through all her options and courses she was interested in we spent time working through each option to gain a short list of what she wanted to do for a job when she had finished her college course, she decided Health & Social Care, I.T and several A Levels was going to be her best options and we got her enrolled at Pontefract New College and gave her some support with software for computer since she started in September 2013 she has excelled in college and has hit top targets in all her subjects and has received several merits and awards and verbal recognition for her hard week. She has now hit her 6 month progression at college and SESKU are giving her help towards purchasing a new ipad for her to use at college and she has deserved it.