Building skills in 2010 – FREE training!

Traditional skills are on offer from an innovative project that’s set to take off in 2010. Sheffield charity “Speak Easy” wants to hear from people looking to learn about landscaping, building repair, painting and decorating, joinery, plumbing and much more.

As well as targeting elderly and vulnerable people right across Sheffield who need help with repairs and renovations on their homes, Speak Easy is also converting disused shop units in Abbeydale Road into affordable small offices and studio to rent.

John Johnson - already at work!

The project aims eventually to roll out the service over Sheffield and beyond. The deal is free training from scratch for anyone wanting to learn these skills in return for carrying out some work – learning on the job.

Speak Easy Project Director John Johnson said, “Anyone can get involved and travel expenses will be covered. We are looking for trainees as well as craftsmen and women who have experience they’d like to pass on. The project is entering an exciting phase and we have media students from Sheffield College documenting our progress on DVD.”

Speak Easy also works with British Trust Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), an organisation providing access back into work for individuals who may be recovering from illness or who experience difficulty getting into the job market.

BTCV Employment Officer Gareth Pearson said, “We particularly value Speak Easy’s caring ethos and professionalism to the point that some of our clients are already undergoing valuable training with them. There’s no need to be claiming state benefits in order to qualify for the BTCV scheme and Speak Easy can set up an appointment with a Jobcentre Plus Employment Adviser to get the ball rolling.”

Speak Easy’s John Johnson said valuable training in essential skills is available now and he welcomes enquiries on 07826422604. Travel expenses will be paid.

Speak Easy was set up in 2005 and is a cooperative social enterprise. Speak Easy was primarily concerned that elderly, disabled or otherwise vulnerable people could not access affordable services to improve their homes – e.g., gardening, repairs and redecorating – and has now progressed to the point of successfully developing contracts with the commercial sector to carry out urban regeneration work on a larger scale.


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