Adnan finds a job through Pendle YES Hub and MPT Steps

Adnan Irfan found a job, made new friends and accessed free sports and activities through Pendle YES Hub in Nelson.

Adnan, aged 21, first visited the employment service in September 2022 as he was looking for work and wanted to gain new skills to support this. He also wanted to make new friends and become more active through Pendle YES Hub's free activities, becoming a regular attendee of their weekly badminton, snooker and gym sessions.

The support led to Adnan taking part in an work placement with Morrisons that included free training, leading to him gaining a Level 2 in Customer Service. The placement and training was arranged by Pendle YES Hub partners PAC as part of their work delivering MPT Steps (read about the collaboration with Morrisons here). Adnan also gained voluntary work at Age UK in Nelson.

As a result of the support and experience he gained through Pendle YES Hub, Adnan had the skills and confidence he needed to successfully apply for a full time job at Tim Hortons in Burnley.

We spoke to Adnan to find out how he felt about the support he received.

How has Pendle YES Hub supported you?

“Pendle YES Hub helped me build my confidence back after 2 years of lockdown. The courses provided at the Hub helped me secure a job that I enjoy and look forward to. Their activities have boosted my morale and encouraged me to get out more and be active.”

“The support received from the Hub is insightful and varied. I’ve had help securing a job, including employment meetings with Sol (PAC), talking about jobs I have had and where I see myself in the future.”

“I had wellbeing sessions with Colin (from Lancashire Mind) talking about college, university and my mental health. I’ve also received support through the physical activities – the sports and hiking – with Maj (PAC) helping provide an escape from my regular routine of Sixth Form and work.”

What activities have you taken part in?

“During lockdown I gave up sports and spent most of my time online. Now I have taken up badminton, a sport I didn’t previously like or play, tennis and climbing. This was something I’ve always wanted to do. It was the first activity I did after joining Pendle YES Hub.”

How would you encourage others to visit?

“It’s worthwhile joining Pendle YES Hub as you’ll meet new people and make new friends, reconnect with some old friends (as I have done) and realise you are not alone. There is something here for everyone.”

Pendle YES Hub is a partnership between Active Lancashire and PAC, who deliver the service on behalf of Pendle Borough Council.

MPT Steps is a employment partnership managed by Active Lancashire, delivered by 20 organisations across Lancashire. It is made possible with funding from the European Social Fund.

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Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership
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