Actes Trust inspires individuals to realise their full potential and achieve change, working with clients to help them achieve their employment goals or achieve a more stable lifestyle.
It was originally set up by Middlesbrough Council, in partnership with community activists, to manage a 10 year community regeneration programme to improve the local area.
Today Actes Trust continues to work closely with local communities and has a successful track record in combatting unemployment and reducing isolation.
With a £24,159 grant from the Virgin Money Foundation, Actes Trust has developed the Defining Futures programme - a level 2 Open College Network (OCN) accredited employability qualification for long-term unemployed young people throughout the Tees Valley.
Sarah* was supported by Actes Trust, then became a volunteer before progressing to become a member of their staff team.
Sarah first became involved with Actes in June 2017. After completing the Defining Futures programme she started volunteering on the course, supporting others to prepare and tailor CVs, search for jobs and prepare for interviews.
“My mentor Jay suggested that it would be beneficial for me to get some volunteering experience to boost my CV, so it made sense to volunteer through the Defining Futures course to see things from both sides. Volunteering helped boost my confidence and gave me a lot of valuable experience.”
After volunteering on the course over the summer months Sarah applied for full time employment with Actes Trust.
“I’m really enjoying the role so far. I’m pleased that Actes Trust saw potential in me and gave me this opportunity. I look forward to helping clients overcome barriers to employment, something I can relate to”.
*Names have been changed to protect the individual concerned.