Posted on: Friday 30 April 2021
A new business venture, supported by Torfaen Council’s Communities For Work and Careers Wales, launched this month in the county borough.
Calum Greig from Pontypool launched ‘Pops Locks’, a Locksmith Company based in Torfaen and surrounding areas offering domestic, commercial and automotive services.
After receiving initial support from Careers Wales via their ReAct funding, Calum was able to successfully complete a Master Locksmith training course, giving him the skills needed to launch his very own business.
Having been assigned a CfW Adult Mentor, he received support with business mentoring, equipment for his business, DBS application and support with a range of marketing items such as van signs, leaflets and business cards. The Adult Mentor was able to match employment options with Calum’s skill set, health considerations and the ideal employment environment.
Calum had this to say about his experience, “My situation before engaging with the project was dire and I was suffering from a mental health illness. Throughout COVID pandemic, as lockdown intensified mental health problems arose and I couldn't see a way forward.
The project has supported me immensely and Trina (CfW Adult Mentor) has been amazing throughout. My future now has hope more than ever, I would definitely recommend this project to anyone who has the drive to get and do it."
Communities for Work Employability Manager Victoria Dyer, who is delighted with the outcome, said,“ This is a perfect example of Mentors utilising their extensive skills and experience to listen to our participants and work towards an employment plan that suits health needs, hours of employment and the most appropriate employment environment.
We are so pleased for Calum and how he has been supported to follow his dreams through a considered and sustainable approach. There is so much support available through the project, from Mentor support, training and support to overcome a range of barriers, I would encourage people to get in touch and see how we can help!"
For more information about the support services available through the Torfaen Communities For Work programme, visit: http://cfwplustorfaen.co.uk , call 01633 648312 or find them on Facebook @cfwplustorfaen