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Community Partnership Network

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Who are Remploy Cymru?

Remploy Cymru is a leading provider of specialist employment and skills in Wales. Our mission is to transform the lives of individuals, whatever their circumstances, to move into work by providing sustainable employment opportunities. We have supported more than 25,000 people into work.

We operate a network of Community Hubs and field teams across Wales, providing employment support to adults of working age referred to us by Jobcentre Plus.

Our values

  • Clarity
  • Openness
  • Trust
  • Shared goals and values
  • Regular communication between partners. 

We have supported more than 25,000 people into work.

Why create a Community Partnership Network?

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The purpose of the Community Partnership Network (CPN) is to work collaboratively across Wales to ensure that we support more disabled and disadvantaged groups into sustainable employment. We do this by offering all participants an individualised and tailored support service, joining up and maximising existing services.

As the Prime contractor for the UK Government’s Work and Health programme in Wales, Remploy Cymru want to become more integrated in local communities to ensure that we are not duplicating existing services.

Partnership working is required by the Government as an approach to ensure better relationships between central and local government, public, private, third sector and voluntary organisations. Partnership working has huge benefits, allowing organisations to share information, resources, skills and knowledge. We are fully embracing the concept, both in local communities and nationally. Our aim is to ensure that we support our programme participants effectively, with the right advice and guidance, providing a truly tailored service.

It is our hope that our CPN will grow and evolve over time. 

Hear from some of our partnerships

Jo Clay - Empower Be The Change

Empower Be The Change (North and Mid Wales) 

"It’s amazing to work with Remploy offering support to customers and helping them to achieve their potential. The opportunity to collaborate is extremely valuable to us.”
Jo Clay

Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind (SE Wales)

"Being part of Remploy’s Community Partnership Network has strengthened our links with other partners and together we are making a real difference to people’s lives."
Petra Kennedy

Petra Kennedy - Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind
Michelle Pengelly - Whitehead Ross Education and Consulting Ltd

Whitehead Ross Education and Consulting Ltd (South Wales)

“Our partnership with Remploy is invaluable. Being part of the Community Partnership Network has enabled us to develop excellent relationships with other CPN partners.”
Michelle Pengelly

The Digital College (National Partner)

"Being part of the Community Partnership Network has been a great way to connect with an amazingly diverse and enthusiastic group of partner organisations."
Matt Kingswood

Matt Kingswood - The Digital College

    Sarah Whitmore was overwhelmed by her situation; her barriers to employment seemed so great that she couldn’t see any way forward. However, with support and determination, she was able to change her life.
     
    Sarah was referred to the Work and Health Programme in Rhyl with seemingly insurmountable debts. She was under debt management, carried convictions for frequently missed council tax payments and was having to visit food banks to feed her young daughter. It was clear this was a massive barrier for Sarah to overcome.

    Sarah with her Advisor

    Employment Advisor Letitia Calveley worked with Sarah, reviewing her income and expenditure to secure a Debt Relief Order (DRO) with support from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. This eased the situation and meant that she could afford to eat, pay bills and care for her daughter.
     
    Now able to focus on finding work, Sarah was referred to Remploy’s Community Partnership Network member, Cyfle Cymru, to attend their eight-week employability course.
     
    With limited work experience, Sarah’s love of cleaning seemed like an obvious employment option, so when a cleaning position became available with Premier Inn, it seemed the perfect role. Sarah applied, interviewed and successfully secured the position.
      
    Due to her determination and willingness to change, she is now on the road to being debt-free and is flourishing in her new career.

    Joining the CPN

    What’s in it for your organisation?

    Remploy Cymru host quarterly Community Partnership Network meetings, which are held in either Remploy or Partner venues in the North, South East and South West Wales. These meetings allow collaborative working, bringing together private, public and voluntary sector organisations within health, skills and employability.

    The CPN meetings provide organisations involved or interested in supporting disabled and disadvantaged people into employment, the opportunity to:

    • Network and share best practice
    • Raise awareness of existing services
    • Discuss gaps in existing provision
    • Discuss proposals for new programmes to meet gaps in provision
    • Update other organisations on good news, activities, projects and milestones
    • Create a network of contacts and potential partners.

    Additional benefits

    • Free hot desking facilities within six Community Hub locations in Wales, based in Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Wrexham, Merthyr and Pontypridd
    • Inclusion in our preferred supplier list for call off services
    • Membership on our CPN Advisory Board (dependent on Expression of Interest and annual selection to the Board).

    Interested in joining us?
    We are always looking to expand our CPN. If your organisation would like to be part of it or to find out more, please contact: 

      Helen Cornet

      Mobile: 07909 877576 
      Email: helen.cornet@remploy.co.uk 

      “I have worked for Remploy for over 10 years in a variety of roles and also supported various contracts from Workstep; Workchoice and Flexible new Deal.

      I moved into my current role in April 2017, supporting our national teams and establishing the Remploy Cymru Community Partnership Network (CPN).

      Since December 2017, I have been responsible for the South East Wales District. Our front line staff receive fantastic support from the many partners we have in the South East, who are able to provide specialist support for health management and skills development. Many of our partners deliver vital services within our four Community Hub locations. The CPN are at the centre of the participant’s journey on the Wales Work and Health Programme; they add value and their services are second to none. I am truly grateful for all the support we receive from the CPN and value the close relationships that we currently have and continue to develop.”

      Eleonora Evans

      Mobile: 07780 005908 
      Email: eleonora.evans@remploy.co.uk

      “I’m the Partners Lead for South West Wales, and have over 17 years Welfare to Work experience working on numerous DWP contracts.

      I’ve worked for Remploy Cymru for over 8 years in a variety of roles supporting a number of participants into employment and was privileged to be involved in setting up our very first Hub in Swansea.

      We now have eight Hubs across Wales and I’ve witnessed how these have grown and gone from strength to strength. I love and take pride in working with the vast amount of organisations in my area, building strong relationships with everyone involved and am part of the ‘steering’ group for partnerships nationally."

      Sheila Stewart

      Mobile: 07810 054662 
      Email: sheila.stewart@remploy.co.uk 

      “I first became involved with Remploy five years ago when I was HR Manager for Tesco. I was approached to engage in Tesco’s placement agreement with them. I could see the importance and benefits of this relationship for Remploy’s customers at the time and saw many successes of participants gaining employment.

      When I was made redundant, I realised I wanted to use my experience to support people to increase their skills to gain employment, and knew Remploy was the company I wanted to join and work for. I joined Remploy as an Employment Advisor just over a year ago. It gave me immense pleasure when I could give people the support and confidence they needed to gain additional knowledge and employment. I love networking and building relationships so I’m very happy and excited to be given the opportunity to strengthen and increase the great partnerships for North and Mid Wales.”

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