Jobs help for single dads.
A third of single parents approaching Redcar and Cleveland Action Team for advice about getting off benefits and into a job are men, the team reports.
"Single dads, like single mums, are realising they'd be better off at work and that we can help them find the sort of work they want, with flexible hours and understanding employers," said Suzanne Johnson, of Reed in Partnership, which runs the action team for the Government.
"We can help them identify what they'd like to do, search for work, prepare for an interview, and get the job. We can also assist with childcare arrangements and provide some money for clothes, tools and transport," she added.
The team, based in South Bank, has so far helped around 100 lone parents. Fifty-two of them have secured a job.
"We find that of the 100 coming to us, 70 are women but about a third are men," said Suzanne.
"There must be dozens of single dads out there who would like similar help. They just have to call or contact us," she added.
One single dad to have benefited from the team's help liked the idea of self-employment, and canvassed demand for a window cleaner. Once he was sure he had a big enough round to sustain a business, Reed and Job Connect provided him with the equipment he needed to set up.
Similarly one of the single mums to be helped had been doing voluntary work. She was offered help to identify suitable jobs and was invited to four interviews.
The team helped her to find childcare and she is now also training at a college to be an accountant.
* Lone parents can visit the team at the Reed in Partnership office, Goldenboy Green, Normanby Road, South Bank, from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
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|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||Jan 5, 2004|
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