Women Onto Work will close as of 31st August 2015
Bonnie Clarke, chair of Women Onto Work said;
“I can confirm that Women Onto Work will close at the end of the summer. Unfortunately, ongoing funding challenges mean we do not have sight of sufficient monies to enable us to operate continuously and in a responsible and prudent manner after the end of August.
“With the recent confirmation that multiple lines of funding will not materialise the decision to close is the only appropriate course of action.
“Despite a high quality, client-focussed service offering we have found it difficult to attract sustained funding in order to support those services which we know best serve our women. This core offering – self-development coaching and pre-employability training – is the vital foundation to getting vulnerable women work ready. Our outcomes are testament to this and are evidenced by the high numbers of self-referrals, constantly high levels of attendance and programme graduates, with over 89% of women progressing closer to or into work. And the fact remains, there are many more women that could benefit from WOW’s service.
“Our team is committed to working with our women and ensuring they are all supported, particularly at this time. We have strong relationships with other service providers and clients will be introduced to organisations for continued support as appropriate.
“Discussions with funders and partners continue as we transition from current arrangements and prepare closing financial statements.
“The team delivers an excellent and unfortunately, increasingly needed service. I want to thank them personally for their passion, expertise and focus in delivering a route-map that has supported nearly 3000 women make their journey back into work and back into their communities.”
WOW is the only gender specific employability service in Scotland offering support to women facing multiple barriers to employment. The service combines bespoke coaching, training, informal networking, work placements and education opportunities.
For all enquiries contact:
Women Onto Work
64 Albion Road