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Stepping Stone 

 
 
The Stepping Stone team within East Belfast Mission work on two projects both funded by European Social Fund and the Department of Economy, LEMIS+ an employability programme, and the Community and Family Support programme working with families helping them to make positive changes in their lives and to support them seek employment. Both of these programmes are part of a Belfast citywide consortium called Belfast Works. 
Stepping Stone
The LEMIS+ Project is designed to target and support those most removed from the labour market and support them back into employment. It is an all-age client-centred service which works with people from all social and economic backgrounds.  
 
LEMIS+ is a voluntary programme providing 1-2-1 support for individuals either in EBM or in Outreach centres across East Belfast. 
These highly skilled LEMIS+ Project Mentors offer careers, education and training advice/guidance and give people the support they need to progress into employment. We work with people across East Belfast. Our skilled mentors offer people of all ages and backgrounds free one-to-one tailored support with: 
 
Creating a CV 
Having an effective CV is one way to ensure a prospective employer notices a potential client. We offer support to help people construct a good CV with appropriate content and layout to best display their skills. 
 
Job search 
We have access to many lists of job vacancies and can help match skills and experience to the relevant positions. 
 
Application forms 
Successful completion of an application form need not be a barrier to winning a job. Our experienced mentors can help clients in this area. 
 
Interview preparation 
Being properly prepared for an interview is essential for jobseekers. Our highly skilled mentors help clients prepare and get much needed interview practice. 
 
Training 
Participants on the LEMIS+ Project are able to undertake a range of training in areas such as ICT, childcare, language for work (a special course designed for foreign national clients who need help with their English in the workplace), customer care health and social care, customer service and much more. 
 
This training offers LEMIS+ clients the opportunity to gain new skills, especially those seeking to re-skill or those who left education a long time ago without any formal qualifications. 
 
Also available is a range of pre-employment courses such as food hygiene, CSR training, etc. This is offered to LEMIS+ clients where a clear employability outcome will be achieved as a result of undertaking the training. 
 
The LEMIS+ Project has its own dedicated Employer Liaison Service (ELS) which is works with employers right across the city to secure job opportunities for people on the project. 
 
Contact us by phoning EBM on 02890 458560 and asking for the mentor team or visit one of our weekly Outreach clinics:- 
 
Tuesday 10.00am – 12.00pm Greenway Women’s Centre 
Tuesday 10.00am – 12.00pm Dee Street Community Centre 
Tuesday 2.00pm – 4.00pm JBO Holywood Road 
Wednesday 10.00- 12.00pm Ballybeen Women’s Centre 
Wednesday 1.45pm - 3.45pm Ballyhackamore Credit Union 
Thursday 10.00am – 12.00pm Tullycarnet Community Centre 
Thursday 10.00am – 2.00pm JBO Knockbreda 
 
The LEMIS+ project has been part-financed by the European Union (EU) through the NI European Social Fund (ESF) programme. This programme aims to combat poverty and enhance social inclusion by reducing economic inactivity, and to increase the skills base of those currently in work and future potential participants in the workforce. 

Community Family Support Programme 

Stepping Stone are the East Belfast delivery partner for the Community Family Support Programme. This programme aims of supporting local families who are seeking support to address issues particular to their family. By its nature therefore, the programme is tailored and personalised to the individual family’s needs. The programme is voluntary and lasts for up to 22 weeks. 
 
The focus is working with family members to help them make positive changes and improve their lives. It is a “needs led” programme that provides interventions for families to make positive changes in their lives. Help will be provided to improve parenting skills and encourage better familial relationships; to build confidence in both parents and young people, and improve motivation and focus. 
 
Families are supported through a range of interventions including building positive relationships with the family, drug and alcohol awareness, conflict resolution, money management, cookery, nail art, and a whole range of individually tailored interventions. We also offer support to younger family members aged 13 – 16 who are at risk of disengaging from school. Part of the programme is an employment support service to help with job searching and applying for jobs, CV preparation, and interview skills. 
 
One participant commented on their journey:- 
We started the Family programme a number of months ago. It has been fantastic. I am now doing some voluntary work. As a family, we have been to the cinema and we are planning a trip to Portrush. I have seen a massive improvement in my son, who has not been suspended from school since the programme started and I feel more confident in myself.” 
 
To register your interest for the next programme starting please contact the CFSP team on 028 9045 8560. 

Contact the Stepping Stone Team 

Looking for employment opportunities or more information about Stepping Stone? 
Contact us: 
Skainos Square 239 Newtownards Road Belfast, BT4 1AF 
Tel: 028 9045 8560 
Email: info@steppingstoneni.org 

Success story - Meet Stewart 

Local man Stewart Charlesworth is the recent winner of the Belfast Works LEMIS+ Participant of the Year Award. The award which was presented at a ceremony in the City Hall, was given to Stewart as the person who had come the furthest following support by the LEMIS+ project. The project is a voluntary programme delivered by East Belfast Mission and four other partnership organisations across other areas of Belfast. It is aimed at people who are not in work and who need help overcoming barriers to employment in order to fulfil their potential. 
 
Stewart has lived in East Belfast all his life and is dad to a ten year old boy and a two year old girl. He shared his background telling us; 
When I left school I went straight into warehousing, doing forklifting and unloading lorries until my mid-twenties when the work just dried up. I tried everything I could to make money, from window cleaning, painting and decorating to starting up a handy man business with my mate, but there just wasn't enough work. I got a bit depressed, and just ended up lying around the house doing nothing. You need money to do things and I didn't have any. Kids need stuff, it's nice to give them stuff and I was limited”. 
 
He continued; 
“I'd been put on the mandatory programme that you have to do when you're on job seekers for so long, but it didn't really do much for me. I couldn't get work in warehousing because my forklift license had expired. One day when I was signing on, I saw the LEMIS+ leaflet and noticed they offered training, and decided to give it a go”. 
 
When asked how the Belfast Works programme had helped or made a difference in his life, Stewart told us; 
 
When I met my mentor, Della, at East Belfast Mission she sat me down and we worked through a game plan. Then it was up to me to make appointments to come in and look for jobs. It's so much easier having the support of a LEMIS+ mentor to help you look for jobs as they have access to things that I wouldn't and some of the applications weren't straightforward so Della was able to help me with those too. She helped me tailor my CV to the job I wanted by making certain skills stick out more - I'd never have thought of doing that. I've now done the training to get my CSR card and warehousing skills up to date again and I've got a casual job now as a driver's mate which I'm hoping will become something a bit steadier now that I've the training under my belt. I'm on track now to get a good, permanent job. It’s great having a bit of money coming in, mostly because I can do stuff with the kids, take them to the cinema or whatever. My game plan is to get a steady job so I can get a place of my own and have them more. The LEMIS+ project gave me confidence - if work ever dries up again, I know I can tackle whatever is thrown at me and that I'm able to push on through”. 
The LEMIS+ project has been part-financed by the European Union (EU) through the NI European Social Fund (ESF) programme. This programme aims to combat poverty and enhance social inclusion by reducing economic inactivity, and to increase the skills base of those currently in work and future potential participants in the workforce. 
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Belfast City Council
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