City West and Rebekah find ticket to success

A housing association employee who is taking part in a scheme to encourage more people into jobs in health and social care has headed to Sweden in an effort to find better ways to care for vulnerable residents across Salford.

Rebekah Williams, from Bury, secured a job with West Salford based City West Housing Trust as part of The Manchester College’s Single Ticket programme – which provides people with the opportunity to train for roles in housing, health and social care.

The 23-year-old is spending 15 months carrying out work experience in organisations such as hospitals, councils and day care centres and is working towards a BTEC in Health and Social Care and a QCF Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care. This has led to Rebekah being offered a full-time role with the housing association’s Communities Team.

As part of her training, Rebekah headed to Solleftea in Sweden to spend two weeks working with a variety of organisations that care for people with dementia and other serious illnesses.

She now hopes to use her time studying how health care is delivered in other countries to improve service in the communities where she works.

“Going to Sweden was such a fantastic experience,” she said. “It gave me an insight into how other countries approach care services. I learned a huge amount in those two weeks, and now I’m hoping to apply that to my work with City West supporting people in Salford.

“Without the help I have received from the Single Ticket programme, I could have never have achieved the things I have in such a short space of time, and be in a position to feel confident about my future.

“My one goal in life was to be able to work with people. Thanks to the help from the programme and partners like City West, I have done that.”

Dr Paul Haunch from The Manchester College, who founded the scheme, added: “By building a partnership with a similar scheme in Sweden we have been able to broaden our students’ understanding of health and social care.

“It’s great that people like Rebekah have been able to gain first-hand experience of how other cultures care for people in their communities, and we are hoping to establish new partnerships with more countries in the future.”

Viv Simon, Head of Enterprise at City West, said: “We’ve had some great responses from those who have undertaken the programme with The Manchester College.

“We always want to ensure we are doing everything we can to support our communities across Salford. Our partnership in the programme has allowed us to provide training and employment to those who want a career supporting others who live in their neighbourhoods.”

Other partners supporting the Single Ticket programme include: Salford Royal Hospital, Greater Manchester Police, Alternative Futures Group, IAS, Manchester City Council and Salford City Council.

A further phase of the Single Ticket programme has now been launched in Knowsley, Merseyside to provide training opportunities for those struggling to find job opportunities.

For more information, please visit www.themanchestercollege.ac.uk