Alan Dickerson came to Works Better in February 2018, after moving to Brighouse and finding it difficult to find employment. He is 56 years old and is trained as a professional sound engineer and is educated to degree level but he has dyscalculia, a form of dyslexia which makes it difficult to decipher numbers and perform in exams.
During his last employment at a supermarket he lost entitlement to working tax credits and became homeless for over a year, although he still continued to work.
He was referred to the Works Better employment programme by Halifax Job CentrePlus. The Works Better team provided mentoring and bespoke support to help him look for work that matched his skills and experience.
It was when Alan attended one of the training courses delivered by the Works Better team he heard about the City Connect Cycles project. The course offers three levels of training from people who have never ridden a bike, to improvers, and an advanced course for confident riders who want to tackle busier roads for a faster commute to work. Together with this, as Alan was unemployed when enrolling on the City Connect Cycles project, he was able to receive a free bike at the end of the training course. Alan will use this to be able to commute to the bus driver training he has recently started to attend with Arriva.
Works Better is part funded through the European Social Fund and delivered through a collaboration of six partners (Kirklees Council, Fusion Housing and Paddock Community Trust, Calderdale Council, Newground, Wakefield Council and Groundwork) across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.
To find out how Works Better can support you, you can contact the team via telephone on 01484 221000 and ask for Works Better or you can visit the website www.worksbetter.co.uk