Weymouth-based Community Interest Company (CIC) Weyforward, founded by Jason West and Baron Miles, has teamed up with Weymouth College and the DWP to create five new jobs for Universal Credit claimants from Weymouth aged 24 and under. Connor Hansford, 23, is the Weymouth Library of Things Project Catalyst.
“The idea for a Weymouth library of things came from Ros Dean, founder of Repair Café Weymouth,” says Connor. “Libraries of things enable communities all over the world to borrow tools and other items for a fraction of what they would cost to buy, saving people money and reducing waste. We are encouraging members of the public to get in touch with Weyshare using our website to tell us what they would like to borrow or to donate items they no longer use.”
Weyshare will be partnering with the Repair Café to ensure all items are in good working order. Donations are currently being accepted in the following four categories: Car and Bike, Tech, Hobbies, Home and Garden. Popular items include pressure washers, carpet cleaners, sewing machines, and power drills.
To find out more or to get in touch, head to http://bit.ly/Weyshare.
Weyshare is funded by Kickstart, a government scheme enabling employers to provide job placements for Universal Credit claimants aged between 16 and 24. Connor hopes to make his role sustainable by August 2021 when the scheme ends. Weyforward is currently seeking a Social Media and Communications Officer for Weymouth Bay Sea Swimmers CIC and a Project Relationship Developer. For more information or to apply, speak to your work coach or email email@example.com.
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