The Signposts Centre provides a place of warmth, friendliness and support. The Signpost Centre is placed in the middle of Highfields opposite the local shops and they offer very reasonably priced refreshments. They can help with benefit problems and support, free computers with WiFi, elderly exercises, knit and natter, sewing group, Tots Rhyming time, breakfast club, computer help and a place to meet and make friends with Community Workers that will either help you with a problem or find the right person to help.
The Signposts Centre provide work placements in a range of fields such as doing administration work, reception work, arts and crafts and helping in the community café. They are extremely supportive of our young people who can often be nervous and unsure of themselves when they first start.
Jane Richards, Volunteer Coordinator, explained that “being a non-profitable charity, we could not survive without willing volunteers who we like to encourage to offer a warm and welcoming service to the community. Our volunteers in return have often expressed many of the ways that it helps them, such as work experience, paying back for the support they received from us, gaining confidence and raising self-esteem, giving them a sense of purpose and reason to keep going and wanting to help their community.”
Ben Nicklin, from Stafford Team 11, said that “helping at Signposts gave me a range of experience that I did not have from previous jobs. I learnt how to work on the reception desk including greeting visitors, answering the telephone and dealing with any queries. It gave me confidence and my people skills improved. It made me realise that everyone is different but you are never alone in the hard times you go through. I now work full-time in a medical call centre and I love it.”
As can be demonstrated from the two work placement providers mentioned the outcomes for our young people can be life changing. This ensures that we as practitioners keep finding work placements which suit the needs wishes and dreams of the young people we work with.