Courses in retail and hospitality set up by the Purfleet Trust in Lynn have helped people build up skills and boost confidence.
Already the second intake of courses are under way and more are planned later this month.
The courses have been run at the charity’s Olive Branch community shop at Fairstead, the Olive Branch cafe at Hillington and also from the offices of the Purfleet Trust in St Ann’s Fort.
Laura-Jayne Wenn and Sue Burgess both completed the first courses run by the trust, and gained Level 1 qualifications in Hospitality. They both help out as volunteers at the cafe to continue to gain experience.
Sue said: “ Doing the hospitality course has helped my confidence grow.
“I have learnt new skills, made new friends and found out that I am good at baking
cakes. I make a lovely sausage roll too. I even made a birthday cake for my grandson! I am very proud of myself now that I have passed the course.”
And Laura-Jayne said: “The hospitality course has helped me ‘come out of my shell’, I am getting more confident around new people. It has given me something to focus on which I have needed recently.
“I’ve learnt new skills in food preparation and cooking. I feel chuffed that I passed the course.
“I couldn’t have done it without Kim, Sue and The Purfleet Trust – they all believed in me!”
Kim Johnson is the cafe supervisor. She said: “I am extremely proud of Sue and Laura-Jayne for their hard work and commitment they have shown throughout the Hospitality course.
“There were times when they had to step out of their comfort zone and try new things, even though at times it was challenging they didn’t give up. I congratulate both of them.”
The courses have been particularly helpful in building up people’s confidence, said Joy Wylie, enterprise development manager for the Trust. She said: “People have learned that they can go out there, learn new skills and perhaps go on to higher level courses or find employment.”
In addition to the hospitality and retail courses a Level 1 customer services course is also run from the Olive Branch cafe.
She welcomes inquiries from anyone who is interested in taking part on courses in the future and can be contacted on 01553 767829 or by email email@example.com