Newport theatre backs job training project

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A NEW project aiming to help people get back into employment and training through volunteering has been launched.

Newport’s Riverfront Theatre has teamed up with Family Skills Newport to give six volunteers the chance to be an usher during its family film programme.

Family Skills is part of the wider Families First programme, a programme from the Welsh Government that supports families living in poverty.

In Newport, the programme has a clear emphasis on prevention and early intervention with many agencies pooling their skills and working together to help the whole family.

Family Skills creates volunteer opportunities for parents with young children who are looking to get back into work and raise their confidence and skills.

Seven volunteers have signed up to the scheme running throughout August, which will see them work as ushers during 15 screenings of the Riverfront Theatre’s family films.

On July 30 the volunteers underwent training led by project co-ordinator Kate Aspinwall, along with the theatres technical manager Owen Davies, and experienced usher Emma Goodwin.

From Monday they will undergo a ‘shadow shift’ before taking on the role for real.

As part of the programme, the volunteers must complete a minimum of three shifts to receive a job reference from front of house manager Glenys Burnett-Jones.

In September the volunteers will have an awards evening where they will received a certificate in recognition of their work and the possibility of having further opportunities to work with the theatre.

Paul Chambers of the Riverfront Theatre said: “The volunteers are of various ages and different backgrounds.

“They are really skilled people and this scheme gives them the confidence to get back into work.

“This is the first time the Riverfront Theatre has done something like this on this scale.

“Volunteers will take on the quite expansive role which includes monitoring the safety of the public the whole time they are in the theatre, checking the auditorium and selling merchandise.

“More than 120 people will be in each screening of our family films such as ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and “Pudsey The Dog: The Movie’ with each volunteer receiving a certificate at the end of the placement.”

Kate Aspinwall, the project coordinator of the Family Skills scheme said the pilot project will provide volunteers with the opportunity to learn transferable skills that will be valuable to future employers.

“We hope it will be a real confidence boost for the volunteers and provide them with a platform for opportunities in the future,” she said.

“We want them to have fun, learn and have a really good experience.”

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5:52pm Fri 1 Aug 14

letsgobarbie says...

A Welsh Government that supports families living in poverty!! sounds great on the face of it, but Labour are failing the youth of today in their own socialist strongholds and the Tory/Dems couldn’t care less.

Newport’s Riverfront Theatre should get its own house in order before teaming up with
The Welsh Government that supports families living in poverty and jobs.

“Its not what you know its who you know”
Check out the staffing at Newport’s Riverfront Theatre and you may well find some of the youngsters who work or have worked there have close ties with management!!

Nepotism is rife in the UK so when the likes of Ed Milliband say to our young people you “must be receiving training for work or in further education to qualify for youth benefits”

It would be so much easier to swallow Mr Milliband if you also said “Nepotism is to be a criminal offence” then the poor sod who’s face doesn’t fit will have a fighting chance in the work place.

Leanne Wood has said “Labour is wrong in seeking to punish unemployed young people for the economic crisis” well done Leanne.
Its little wonder that Labour are losing out to Plaid Cymru and the Green Party, they still have socialist values.
A Welsh Government that supports families living in poverty!! sounds great on the face of it, but Labour are failing the youth of today in their own socialist strongholds and the Tory/Dems couldn’t care less. Newport’s Riverfront Theatre should get its own house in order before teaming up with The Welsh Government that supports families living in poverty and jobs. “Its not what you know its who you know” Check out the staffing at Newport’s Riverfront Theatre and you may well find some of the youngsters who work or have worked there have close ties with management!! Nepotism is rife in the UK so when the likes of Ed Milliband say to our young people you “must be receiving training for work or in further education to qualify for youth benefits” It would be so much easier to swallow Mr Milliband if you also said “Nepotism is to be a criminal offence” then the poor sod who’s face doesn’t fit will have a fighting chance in the work place. Leanne Wood has said “Labour is wrong in seeking to punish unemployed young people for the economic crisis” well done Leanne. Its little wonder that Labour are losing out to Plaid Cymru and the Green Party, they still have socialist values. letsgobarbie
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