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Opportunity Boost Scheme of £500

A new grant has been launched to help people in Somerset overcome financial barriers when seeking employment and returning to work.


The Opportunity Boost Scheme will provide grants worth up to £500 to help with the costs associated with progressing into work, such as transport, childcare, work clothes, learning resources and training courses.


The funding for scheme has been provided through the Somerset Recovery Fund, and the initiative is being delivered in partnership between Somerset County Council and Citizens Advice Somerset.


To qualify, applicants must live in Somerset, be aged 16 or over, not be entitled to any other financial assistance for job seeking, and have a pre-Covid salary of less than £25,000.

Applications are now live.

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South Somerset Recruitment Events

The South Somerset Opportunities Hubs are co-hosting two recruitment events alongside Abri, SeetecPluss, Department for Work and Pensions, and Yeovil College.


These events will run from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, and host a number of local businesses actively recruiting in the Chard, Yeovil and surrounding areas.

We recommend bringing a few paper copies of your CV as some employers will be accepting these, or sharing emails so you can send your CV to them.

Please note that 10:00 am -10:30 am will be a quiet session exclusively for those who are nervous in busy areas, or have additional needs that would benefit from a slower pace and quieter environment.

Please see below for dates and locations.

Chard Recruitment Event:

Tuesday 24 May 2022

Chard Library, Holyrood Street, Chard TA20 2YA

Yeovil Recruitment Event:

Wednesday 25 May 2022

Yeovil Baptist Church, South Street, Yeovil BA20 1QF

If you are interested in attending, please contact us below with the event you would like to attend (you are welcome to attend both) and any additional support you may require.

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Positive Futures Somerset 

Positive Futures Somerset are offering training for young people with learning disability, learning difficulty or autism aged 18-24, living in Somerset.

The programme is funded through the Youth Futures Foundation and aims to support people who face barriers into work.

Mencap will be offering a range of workshops and work experience with the aim to support with learning new skills, building confidence and ultimately getting individuals into paid work.

If you would like to find out more, Mecap are holding information sessions both online and in-person across May!  

Virtual session over Microsoft Teams:

Thursday 5 May 2022: 14:00 - 15:00

Thursday 5 May 2022: 18:00 - 19:00

Drop in session at Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Rd, Taunton TA1 1BA :

Wednesday 11 May 2022: 10:00 - 14:00 (pop in at your own convivence)