A NEW charity aimed at supporting men over 35 who have become demoralised by unemployment is setting up shop in Staffordshire after receieving a £10,000 boost from a community fund.
Emma Waites started Back on Track after seeing what redundancy and 19 years of unemployment did to her father.
“My concerns about my father centred around his mood swings, weight gain, alcohol dependency, general ill health and more importantly to me, he has, over the years, withdrawn from society” said Ms Waites.
“Needless to say this is a very sensitive and upsetting issue for me.”
She said, after meeting Liz Minshall, a neighbourhood co-ordinator working for South Staffordshire Council, and discussing the issue at length she realised the problem was endemic across the UK under the current economic climate, but particularly problematic in certain areas of South Staffordshire.
With encouragement from Mrs Minshall, Ms Waites, a former environmental health officer, applied for a Staffordshire CommunityWelfare Fund to set upworkshops helping affected men to get their lives back on track.
After detailing the proposal, Ms Waites was awarded £9,960.
Ms Waites has enlisted the help of Nick Weale, a personal trainer and nutrionist, NaomiWaters, a yoga and relaxation teacher and Susan King, a communications specialist who has run similar projects in New Zealand.
Ms Waites said her team hoped to get men over 35 - statistically more likely to be out of work and suffering from related issues - to attend a 12-week programme.
Ms Waites said she would bring in people to help with CV writing, job applications, interview preparations and smoking and alcohol cessation specialists as necessary.
The first two workshop locations will be held at Penkridge Methodist Church on June 12 at 11am and Coven Memorial Hall on June 13 at 10.30am.
To book a place call 07876 443589.