“My confidence has grown so much with this first aid work. I feel good that I’ve achieved a lot and made a difference to other people’s lives too.”
We have three fantastic Office Projects which helps Surrey Choices’ customers to increase confidence, gain independence and learn new admin skills which will be valuable when working in an office setting.
Vocational projects like our Office Projects help our customers to improve their confidence, gain independence and learn new skills to prepare for the world of work. We have our own modules of learning and provide support for individuals to progress further if they wish onto work experience, voluntary or paid work.
To prepare for the world of office work, these projects teach our customers to complete a range of admin tasks. When they complete the series of modules, they can also achieve an administrative qualification in Surrey, which will be beneficial for future work in an office environment. Some of the skills customer will learn with the Surrey Choices Office Projects include IT, using office equipment, health and safety, code of conduct, reception duties and other client facing services, print design and communication.
Our Office Projects provide local businesses with a personalised service which is both environmentally friendly and great value for money. All the work is completed by our customers and they offer businesses the following:
- Business Cards
- Design packages
- Collation of mail outs
- Leaflet distribution
- Photo ID cards
David, a customer at Redhill Office Project, has been teaching other customers basic first aid skills after wanting a new challenge which would also help other people. He was trained in six key skills by the Red Cross and works with a Surrey Choices staff member to train other customers how to administer basic first aid (such as for cuts, burns, choking, etc).
In the last couple of months, David has already taught the six skills to over 20 customers and dates are booked for more groups. The practical training he’s used has helped people remember what to do.
Steven is on the Autistic Spectrum and was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and Dyspraxia at a young age. Steven attends the Ashford Office Project once a week to gain office work experience. This has enabled Steven to get a job through EmployAbility.
Steven works on a Saturday at the local library. He also gained some paid work experience which EmployAbility set up for him at Procter and Gamble, and they have renewed his contract for another few months.
“Coming to the Office Project has helped me gain more social skills as I have made more friends and look forward to seeing them when I go there.”Steven