Wise Steps helps people in Tyne and Wear to transform their lives, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. The project provides one to one specialist support to those on the pathway to work. Wise Steps is a partnership of local organisations led by the Wise Group which aims to improve wellbeing and life chances.
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DS joined the Wise Steps project in March 2017 and was claiming Income Support as a single parent. With a passion for Hairdressing and Beauty she aspired to work in this field and felt confident that with help and support her goals could be achieved. DS did not have the Level 3 qualification in Hairdressing that she needed and the Wise Steps project supported her to get some hairdressing equipment that enabled her to work towards a Level 3 Hairdressing course at a local training centre. DS attended appointments with her coach on a regular basis alongside attending her course for 1 day each week. Overtime her confidence increased and she gained more skills and experiences around Hairdressing and Beauty. DS gained support with her CV from her coach and was successful in finding part time employment in July 2017 in Beauty and Hairdressing.