29th January 2021 Samantha YoungMeet the Journey GuidesA Journey Guide is your key contact who will guide & support you throughout your time on the projectAllCWCDACRMC (Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre)FWT (Foleshill Women's Training)WATCHLife Path TrustGrapevineVAC (Voluntary Action Coventry)Marie Tallis – CWCDACWCDA Journey Guide/Team LeaderAbout me:Hi my name's Marie and I am the Journey Guide Team Leader for CWCDA. For over 20 years I have been helping people to access training and secure employment. This is not just a job for me, I fully believe in the cause and have invested my working career in helping others reach their full potential.My proudest moment with Accelerate: Now that’s a difficult one to pin point. In all honesty I am super proud of all the work I do for the Accelerate programme. From helping ex-prisoners, to supporting single parents, to moving participants into training and helping them secure paid employment. This project provides so much support to people and offers them a chance to remove barriers and move closer to the labour market. These participants would have previously felt alone and isolated. The Accelerate programme is definitely the best programme I have ever had the pleasure to be apart of and that in itself makes me feel proud.Hobbies and Interests:I love socializing with the team, enjoy home DIY, spending quality time with my grandchildren, movies, music and meditation for relaxation. I also write poems and enjoy reading and love to travel to tropical places.'Chelsea Fraser– CWCDACWCDA Journey GuideAbout me:Hi my name is Chelsea, I have worked for CDA for 3 years, I actually began my journey with them as a participant of the Accelerate Project receiving support when I was unemployed, I then offered my time as a volunteer admin assistant which quickly turned into a paid position. After around a year I then began my role as a Journey Guide and absolutely love it!My proudest moment with Accelerate:I feel proud every day working as a Journey Guide supporting people but my proudest would probably be taking a small group of participants on a health and well being journey, completing a short course that I created, which each participant felt really improved their confidence and general wellbeing.My hobbies include:I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going to festivals and love to break a sweat at the gym!'Leah Hutchby – CWCDACWCDA Journey GuideAbout me:Hi, my name is Leah, I have worked for CDA for 10 years on many different projects and have been with Accelerate since the beginning. My background before that was Graphic Design.My proudest moment with Accelerate:My proudest moment, so far, was helping a lady who had never worked before, helped with her confidence, interview techniques and supported job searching, she successfully gained employment in a school kitchen which meant she didn't need childcare. It was reported in the local paper as well.My hobbies include:I mainly enjoy reading horror stories, going to live gigs and walking my lovely labrador Ruby'Maxine Wykes – CWCDACWCDA Journey GuideAbout Me: Hi My name is Maxine and I am a journey Guide for the Accelerate project at the CDA I have worked here for 10 years. I have over 20 experience in providing Advice & Guidance, Career counselling, Mentoring, Employer Engagement and digital skills training.Proudest Moment: I worked with a participant on the Accelerate project who had suffered a stroke, the journey began by assisting in building on trust and his self-confidence, and then improving his digital skills. I then researched and secured funding at a local gym to gain a gym membership and personal trainer to help in his rehabilitation. This all added in improving his health & wellbeing, improving self-confidence and self-worth. I researched a local employer and he successfully progressed into part time permitted employment with them. Permitted work was ideal as it was tailored to suit the individual’s requirements and needs.My Hobbies: I enjoy cooking, walking, watching motorsports and spending time with my family and friends. 'Tim Bannister – CWCDACWCDA Journey GuideAbout me:I have 20+ years experience of welfare to work in various advisory / mentoring roles. I have worked for CDA on the Accelerate project for the last three and half years and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and helping lots of people achieve their short and long term goals.My proudest moment with Accelerate:Very difficult to select a moment as all participants that I help into work, training or with personal problems brings their own reward…but our funders recognising all the good work we do and seeing the programme extended for an additional three years made me proud.My hobbies include:My hobbies include reading, music and spending time with my family.'Agnieszka Olczyk – CRMCCRMC Journey GuideAbout me:Being Journey Guide for me is an opportunity to combine my psychology background and experience in the recruitment industry. I enjoy working with people, supporting them to build up their confidence and to take a satisfying next career move.My proudest moment with Accelerate:What I like the most about Accelerate is an opportunity to witness people’s development. We support our clients in making a positive change in their lives by helping them to reach their goals and become independent participant in the labour market.My hobbies include:Personally, I love dogs and true crime literature. I enjoy visiting English heritage sites such as Stately Homes, castles and historic places.'Lucia Vinolo – FWTFWT Journey GuideAbout Me: My name is Lucia and I am the Journey Guide for Foleshill Women’s Training. We can support with training opportunities and employability skills. We are very active at FWT, although it is only me working in the Accelerate project, across the organisation we offer Coffee Mornings, Confidence Building sessions and training sessions like Maths and English. Also, I am native Spanish so if you speak the language, please talk to me and I will try to help you.My Proudest moment with Accelerate: Currently, everyone is working from home although if you look at what Accelerate is offering most of activities, sessions and support have not stopped. All the partners and organisations are working very hard to keep offering a great service to our customers and we are connected and more present than I have ever seen in the project. This makes me very proud to be part of this project who goes above and beyond to support its participants.My Hobbies: I like cooking, doing exercise and searching for new courses to keep myself busy. In the last months I have been sewing face masks for family and friends. Recently, I enrolled to learn French, so I will be starting that very soon.'George Bradley- GrapevineGrapevine Journey GuideAbout Me: Hi I'm George and have worked on the Accelerate project since it began in 2016, my background has been within Welfare to Work and Finance.My proudest moment with Accelerate: My proudest moment so far has been when I started on the project I was referred a client who due to a health condition could no longer complete their degree for their chosen career path. Possessing no work experience and with the devastating news that they couldn't work in their chosen field I proceeded to support them by identifying skills they already possessed and guiding them through possible employment options. Supporting with job searching, completing applications and interview techniques, I successfully assisted them with gaining a role and am happy to say they are still working there todayMy Hobbies: I enjoy running and have recently completed a 56 mile run for Cancer Research. I like reading and walking my labrador; Albert'Katie Baker – GRAPEVINEGrapevine Journey GuideAbout me: I have just started working on Accelerate after many years spent supporting people to learn the maths they needed to pursue their dream jobs. I am passionate about helping people overcome difficulties to reach their potential and have personal experience of negotiating barriers to employment which I hope to use in my new role.My hobbies: Include reading, writing, walking and kayaking.'Suzie Crowter – GRAPEVINEGrapevine Journey GuideAbout me: I have worked with people with learning disabilities for many years but have just started with Accelerate as a Journey Guide. I'm really excited to get helping people on their path to employment as I know the fulfilment that can bring.Hobbies:I love reading and read 30 books during 2020. I also love cooking while listening to podcasts, and outdoor swimming all throughout the year in lakes, rivers, and the sea when I can get there.'Tina Malin – LIFE PATH TRUSTLife-Path Trust Journey GuideAbout me: My names Christina Malin but everyone calls me Tina.I work at Life Path Trust which support’s individuals with disabilities to live in their own homes. I’m a journey guide on The Accelerate project and we specialise in supporting those with disabilities to find work, access training and or Voluntary work. Or as a specialist partner, for those interested, to start their own Micro enterprise/small business.What I enjoy the most about working on Accelerate: is working with individuals on their own unique path, we can spend quality time getting to know individuals and finding out what they ideally would like to achieve and how to get them onto a path of success. I like supporting individuals to achieve all they can and to often realise they can achieve more than they ever thought they could. Even throughout Lockdown we have kept in touch with our participants and supported them, as well as signing up new participants at this very difficult time, together we’ve found new ways of working ,and have found successes despite the difficulties of lockdown and the tier systems …it hasn’t been easy ..but we’ve remained available the whole time.My Hobbies:I enjoy Art , reading and spending quality time with my family'Sharda Tailor- WATCHWATCH Journey GuideAbout Me: Hi my name is Sharda, I am a Journey Guide at WATCH, I will be your first point of contact to support you with your Journey.My proudest moment with Accelerate: As a Journey Guide is when a client is successful in starting work with an employer they are so determined to work for.My Hobbies Include: I love gardening and seeing it flourish.'Soumaya Ettouji – WATCHWATCH Journey GuideAbout me:I am French Moroccan and have lived in 7 different countries.Proudest moment:I haven’t spent a lot of time at WATCH yet but my favorite moment this week was when, through an Action Plan Review and a deep conversation, one of our participants had an aha moment and realized, even though this year was tough, he still had a lot to be grateful for and could focus on the positives thanks to us.Hobbies:I am a certified personal development coach so outside of work I love supporting people in becoming their best selves. I also enjoy reading self-help books and hosting a podcast about well-being.'Marie-Claire Barker – VACVAC Journey GuideAbout Me: Hi I’m Marie-Claire and I’m the Accelerate Journey Guide based at Voluntary Action Coventry (VAC).My proudest moment with Accelerate: I’m going to cheat here and put 2The first one is letting my Journey Guide know that I had got myself a job after 3 years out of work due to ill health and support from Accelerate.Second, I’m proud of all my clients but 1 really stands out, this client had been in and out of care and prison all of his life. He signed on to Accelerate determined to change things.. After a bit of support he secured a job. 10 months after he started work I needed to contact him about something. Well the email I got back still makes me smile when I think about it. His job was now permanent and he had somewhere secure to live. I’m so honoured to have been a small part of helping him on his way to a much more fulfilling life.My Hobbies Include: I love cooking, listening to audiobooks and playing board games with my family. This year to make sure I get out me and my Guide Dog Faith have signed up to a virtual challenge to walk the 874 miles from Land’s End to John O Groats. Thankfully we’ve got a full year to do it and each walk can start from my front door.'