Foundations for Life is an employment and digital support service available to all Karbon Homes’ customers.

Our team of advisors work closely with you to help build the skills, experience, qualifications and mind set to maximise your potential, achieve your career aspirations, and increase your digital skills.

The service is completely customer-led with all plans and actions supporting your personal aspirations and goals. Whether you want a career change, more hours, or your first job; or you want to learn how to use Skype, or how to share photos with friends – our team is here to help.

Employment Foundations for Life

Whether you’re looking to get in to work, progress your career, or reach a personal goal of gaining a new skill, our employment foundations advisors are on hand to help.

We can help you:

  • Find a new job
  • Gain qualifications and identify further training
  • Update your CV and complete job applications
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Learn new skills
  • Get in to volunteering and find work experience
  • Obtain appropriate ID

When you do move into work or work experience/volunteering, we also provide support during transition for up to 6 months, to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in your new role.

Digital Foundations for Life

In a world that’s becoming more and more digital each day, it’s important to us that our customers aren’t left behind.

We can help you:

  • Get started with the basics of using your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet
  • Become more confident using the internet
  • Stay connected with friends and family - using email, Skype or social media
  • Save time and money online
  • Find/apply for jobs and update your online employment journal
  • Make the most of our online services, such as paying your rent, reporting a repair, or bidding for a new property

Our digital foundations coaches can create bespoke learning plans for customers of all ages, designed with their personal aspirations and goals in mind.

Let us help you reach your potential

We can provide you with one-to-one tailored support to help you on your journey, with each session designed around your specific wants and needs.

Whatever it is that you set out to achieve, our experienced advisors are here to help.

Wellbeing foundations

Our foundations and wellbeing coaches are here to empower you to reach your potential.

On a 1-2-1 basis, they can help you figure out what your long term goal is, pinpoint the main barriers getting in the way of your achieving that goal, and help you to overcome them. 

We can help:

  • Motivate you to improve your health and wellbeing by making the most of the support available in your community
  • Support you in finding training courses, jobs, volunteering opportunities, work experience placements and getting new qualifications
  • Encourage you to get involved in activities which will improve your social life and social skills, to help build your confidence

To help you get started with improving your wellbeing and mental health, the team has pulled together a list of their favourite health and wellbeing apps and websites. Click here to find one that suits you

The team can also help you to improve important life skills that will support you on your journey towards reaching your goals.

We can help with:

  • Basic Maths and Everyday English
  • Emotional Resilience and Confidence Building 
  • Money management courses, making your money work for you

Financial Foundations

Money management is just as important to us as having the skills to move into work or get online. Karbon’s Money Matters team is one of the largest in the North East, and can support with the following:

  • Benefit checks and help completing application forms
  • Help with appealing benefit decisions
  • Support with making a Universal Credit claim and any issues that arise
  • Debt advice (fully accredited money advice)
  • Budgeting
  • Help identifying and applying for individual grants
  • Energy advice, including fuel grant applications
  • Food Bank referrals

Supporting Foundations

Karbon’s ultimate aim is to bring our customers the best experience and opportunities, and support our partners and communities to do the same. 
In order to do this, we provide support to organisations, big or small, in our area in a variety of ways:

  • Digital train the trainer - we can help build and enhance your organisation's digital know how; whether it's for staff or volunteers
  • Design and deliver bespoke digital training courses (non-accredited)
  • Promote job vancancies, volunteering and work experience opportunities to our large online following
  • Advertise, organise or fill up training courses
  • Deliver training or attend your meetings to promote our service
  • Establish referral protocols to ensure a consistent and smooth service for our customers

We are open to many different ways of working with organisations in our communities. If you’re interested in any of the above, or have any other ideas – give us a call or drop us an email.