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Neil Holman, an independent consultant specialising in employment support and mental health issues

Have you been adversely affected by the pandemic?

We want to help our customers whose livelihood has been affected adversely by the Coronavirus pandemic.

If you live in a Cottsway property, are over 18 and unemployed or have been furloughed as a result of the UK lockdown, then you could benefit from coaching and mentoring to help you learn, build confidence and get back on track.

Due to start in late October, we’re offering six months-worth of free coaching and mentoring to:

  • Provide confidential, dedicated one-to-one support (up to 18 hours), either over the phone or online, and unlimited email encouragement.
  • Help you set goals to improve your circumstances. This could include updating your CV, looking at how to enhance your existing skillsets or developing a better understanding of the financial support available to you.

The coaching and mentoring will be available to three customers on a trial basis initially but depending on demand we may offer shorter two-hour long confidence boosting workshops, and further similar mentoring sessions, in the future.

Our Communities Manager, Vicki Paxford, said: “We’re continually working to support our customers. Offering these sessions means we can help those most affected by the pandemic improve their health and well-being, learn new skills and increase their job prospects.”

The sessions are being led by Neil Holman (pictured), an independent consultant specialising in employment support and mental health issues.

Neil said: “I’m delighted to be working with Cottsway on this project. Many people’s lives have been turned upside down during 2020. Some have been on furlough for months and some have unfortunately experienced job loss and may be feeling at a loss. Coaching and mentoring will help them not only with practical advice and guidance, but we will also work on their self-confidence to support them in taking a positive step forward.”

The trial has been made possible thanks to a £3,600 grant donation from the Travis Perkins Legacy Fund. Cottsway owns over 5,000 homes, housing more than 10,000 people, and Travis Perkins Managed Services provides supplies for our repairs and maintenance team.

Martyn Piper, Account Manager at Travis Perkins Managed Services, said "Travis Perkins are pleased to support Cottsway with this project. The last few months have been unprecedented with a lot of people impacted. Having the benefit of guidance and support through coaching and mentoring will hopefully make a difference."

If you have any further questions, please contact us

Interested in taking part?

Complete this online form before midday on Friday 16 October to register your interest.

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