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Transforming the Lives of Local People in Walsall

Steps To Work COO, Ayesha Rees, with Andy Street, Mayor of the West MidlandsFor almost 25 years we have been helping local people, many of whom face multiple barriers, find sustainable, rewarding and meaningful jobs.

Despite this, local areas are still hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. For example, just last year Birmingham Live revealed an increase in criminal activity in Walsall.

In 2022, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that Walsall’s unemployment rate of 5.6% is 1.7% higher than the unemployment rate for England (3.9%). Statistics also revealed that those claiming unemployment benefits, including Universal Credit increased from 9,450 in November 2022, to 9,545 claimants in December 2022.

On top this, the Annual Population Survey for 2021 reported that over 49% of the Walsall working-age population have at least two A-levels (or equivalent), and 10% have no qualifications, adding another barrier to employment.

To break the cycle of poverty and crime in Walsall and the wider area, we are supporting people to gain valuable life skills that will enable them to get back into work. Our experts support local unemployed residents build their confidence, gain new skills, face their challenges, and ultimately obtain secure employment and financial stability.

Our sister organisation and responsible recruitment specialists, Starting Point Recruitment (SPR) provides support to a range of Walsall residents. For example, SPR has successfully delivered monthly ‘Motivate Your Mind’ workshops to unemployed female residents of Walsall.

SPR also provides an average of 1,210 hours of around-the-clock emergency contact support every month to vulnerable families across the Walsall borough who are experiencing crisis.

To learn more about the incredible and lifechanging work we provide, on April 14th we welcomed West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to our head office in Walsall.

Mr Street, who leads the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), met with our Chief Operating Officer Ayesha Rees and Chair of our Board of Trustees Paul Cadman to discuss our range of initiatives and learn about how we transform the lives of local communities.

Whilst at the office, Mr Street also met team members and volunteers to learn about the incredible work they do to help non-privileged people in the area.

For more information about the work we provide, please visit: https://www.stepstowork.co.uk/.