This project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.

We know and understand how difficult it can be to find work and are here to help you.

Being unemployed can be a stressful time. Knowing where to start with finding work and managing your personal, physical and financial wellbeing can be worrying.

We offer free support to help you into employment

Keep learning during the coronavirus crisis with our recently improved online training programmes that you can access on your PC, tablet or phone

If you are a carer, over 50 or have a physical disability, long-term health conditions or mental ill health then you may meet the eligibility criteria for our free support programme. Our project is delivered in Luton, Bedfordshire, Northampton, Kettering, Daventry, Aylesbury and Cherwell. If you are unsure then please do ask

Please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more.

If you wish to return to work in some way but are unsure how to start, then we can help with 1-2-1 support from our employment advisors. 

We want to help you.

Our free ‘Support into employment ‘programme could be the starting point you need. 

What’s covered?

This programme can help develop your personal, IT and employability skills.

We want to work with you to design your development plan. This plan will incorporate a unique support package tailored to you. We will consider how you learn, your areas for development and suggestions for reaching your goals. 

We will explore suitable work options and can help you to find and apply for jobs.

Finding ‘you’ again is the most important element for your success. Achieve this by building confidence, discover your personality type, start making positive changes and setting some goals. 

Ensuring you are taking care of yourself is the foundation to your success.

We will help you to learn how to relax, de-stress and take control in different areas in your life. 

With these building blocks in place you’ll start exploring how to remove barriers, produce a CV, submit your best applications and develop your interview skills.  

Through these holistic packages of support will can work with you in a number of areas to support you into employment, volunteering or further learning.

If you wish to return to work in some way but are unsure how to start, then our Training Officers we can help to support with a 1-2-1 programme of personal and professional development.

Please call us on 01582 470900 or email us to find out more.

Every support programme is different, designed individually for you by our Training Officers.

Your programme can include:

Employability skills

  • Identify transferable skills
  • Career directions
  • Write a winning CV
  • Interview techniques
  • Covering letters and emails
  • Making your best application 
  • Volunteering

Personal development

  • Effective communication
  • Building your confidence
  • De-stress
  • Managing change
  • Taking control
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Removing barriers
  • Healthy lifestyles

IT skills 

  • Setting up and getting the best from emails
  • Effective use of the internet
  • Creating and formatting word documents
  • Using spreadsheets
  • Creating PowerPoint presentations
  • E-safety
  • Staying connected
  • Online tools

Support to apply for jobs

  • Job sourcing
  • Exploring local work opportunities
  • Applying online
  • Job sites
  • Customising your CV
  • Help completing applications
  • Preparing for an interview 
  • Reviewing feedback 

Wider support

  • Money management
  • Wellbeing
  • Exploring adult education, apprenticeships and other learning opportunities
  • Signposting to further learning
  • Better off in work calculations

Learning from home

Keep learning during the coronavirus crisis with our recently improved online training programmes that you can access at home or on your tablet or mobile, anytime. Our training may include:

  • Regular sessions at our virtual classrooms
  • Support from your tutor by email and phone
  • Online lessons via our new online courses 

Our support and training programmes are popular

We are very pleased to receive many great reviews from people who have taken part in our programmes. Here are just some of the nice things people say about us:

  • “This workshop made a huge difference to my daily life”
  • “Understanding a lot more about myself has helped me to be positive and confident”
  • “Brilliant training, very impressed. Tutor was great”
  • “The programme was good and I learnt a lot”
  • “Helping to develop my skills, my self-confidence and self-esteem”

Join our brand new and free support programme

If you are a carer, over 50 or have a physical disability, long-term health conditions or mental ill health then you may meet the eligibility criteria for support. Our project is delivered in Luton, Bedfordshire, Northampton, Kettering, Daventry, Aylesbury and Cherwell.

If you are unsure then please do ask.

Call the team on 01582 470970 or email us with any questions and to book your place on the course.

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During the new lockdown our team members are all working at home and available to help you, so please do get in contact.

Phone: 01582 470 900

Email: info@drcbeds.org.uk

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We are breaking down the barriers and are launching an exciting package of support to help people living in Bedfordshire and Luton to exercise safely at home including:

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  • Join the free classes online by live video or watch pre-recorded sessions and exercise any time
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