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JULIA’S HOUSE JOINS GOVERNMENT KICKSTART PROGRAMME

by | Mar 11, 2021 | Community News

  • Julia’s House recruiting for 30 Kickstart placements
  • Work will be in their 12 high street shops and retail operation across Dorset and Wiltshire
  • Training in charity retail to help job seekers gain experience
  • Six month placements for people on Universal Credit who are aged between 16 and 24
  • Shops re-open on 12 April

Local children’s hospice charity, Julia’s House, is taking part in the Government’s Kickstart employment scheme, to help young people at risk of long term unemployment gain valuable skills.   They are recruiting for 30 vacancies in their high street shops across Dorset and Wiltshire as well as other areas of Julia’s House Retail, where the Kickstart placements will join a training programme to help them gain experience and knowledge in different aspects of the charity retail sector.  The shops will re-open on Monday 12 April.

“The local community gives us such great support, it’s nice to be able to give something back,” says Tracy Stanley, Julia’s House Retail Manager.  “We’re really pleased to be able to offer placements to local young people and are looking forward to helping them get on their feet by providing retail training that we hope will prove valuable to them in their future careers.   We know employment is challenging for young people at the moment and it’s been a difficult time for them, so we really wanted to contribute something that would make a difference locally.  You never know, we could discover our Julia’s House shop managers of the future!”

As part of the Kickstart scheme, Julia’s House is offering 30 six month placements for young people on Universal Credit aged between 16 and 24.  Applicants will be required to work 25 hours a week on a rota basis and regular weekend working will be expected.  Salaries will be paid by the Government and Julia’s House will be providing the training and experience.

Starting 2021 in lockdown heralded another challenging year ahead for the charity.  Its shops lose £150,000 a month while they’re closed and fundraising will take some months to return to normal as social distancing restrictions are slowly lifted by the Government.  Tracy adds: “We’ve had amazing support from the local community over the last few months and we really need this to continue.   As we all come out of lockdown, the critical needs of the seriously ill children we support don’t change.  We want to be right by their side providing a lifeline of care, now and in the future.”

The vacancies are only eligible to young people aged 16-24 currently claiming Universal Credit and will be advertised through local job centres.   If you think you are eligible and would like more information on how to apply, please contact Tracy Stanley (tracy.stanley@juliashouse.org/ 07867801898) or Erin Hobbs (erin.hobbs@juliashouse.org/07384817041