Since its launch in 2019, over 2,000 people have been enrolled on the PURE project.
There have been many inspiring stories of how individuals have thrived as members of this programme. Please note that names have been changed for anonymity where appropriate.
Sherron from Handsworth was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2002. She did her best to stay in employment for many years, but in 2015 a lack of support made it difficult to find new opportunities. Since joining the PURE project through our provider BID Services, Sherron has secured three interviews. Here's a quote from her about her experience:
"We have weekly zoom meetings [with BID], talk through our problems and talk abut what we need. They help us with our CVs, give advice regarding literature, podcasts and YouTube and do mock interviews."
Ricky joined the PURE project through GreenSquareAccord, who specialise in helping ex-offenders. With the support of the PURE project, Ricky signed up and completed a construction training course. The course gave him new confidence in himself and the skills he could bring. Here's his experience in his own words:
"The initial meeting was very good, we sat down and spoke and got to know each other, which led me to feel like I could trust her and she respected me. I did not feel discriminated against; she came with a non-judgemental approach. She saw me for who I was, and what my goals were."
Laura came to PURE for support in improving her English. Our provider Trident Reach referred her to a training course where she achieved her ESOL English. This course improved her confidence to apply for jobs, and she was then given employability support and interview coaching. Laura later secured an interview at a famous hotel and lovers her new role as a porter.