What people have said
These are short comments and testimonies from visitors and volunteers about how our work has benefited them.
Read on and enjoy!
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Thank you so much to everyone for the help that you gave me at the Lighthouse Project just when I needed it, and for the use of the facilities to help me keep looking for work. I’ve now found a job and want to thank you for your support. Rob A – Oct 2014
I’ve just started work, and it is thanks to the Lighthouse Project and their good work and helping me with my job searching. A Big thank you. Ged – July 2015
I’ve had endless help from the staff and volunteers at the Lighthouse, my computer skills have quadrupled as a result and Carl, Dave, Adam are superb instructors. Until I came to the Lighthouse I battled all the time with CV’s, and application forms, unfortunately on one interview I attended I had forgotten what Dave had told me, purely my fault, and a question arose but I flunked it. I would also like to add that the photography group get-togethers are an absolute necessity for me I’ve gained a wealth of information. Wayne has also improved my computer to a better format. I still have much to learn. Also this building (the Lighthouse) is very well situated, I can only express my endless gratitude to the staff at the Lighthouse Project.
We can’t fault “Who Let The Dads Out” Saturdays. It’s a chance for my children to meet new friends and have a fabulous time doing so. They love all the activities to do. They play pool, craft, play games or just chat. The Bacon Butty is a bonus, and where else can you take your kids for 2 hours for only £2.00? My advice for any dad, get yourself to “Who Let The Dads Out”. January 2012
Thank you everybody at the Lighthouse Project, through the 8 months of being unemployed all the staff and team have contributed to me finding work, looking for courses, answering questions I’ve asked, and giving advice I have needed. I don’t think that I could have found employment on my own in this climate of job hunting, so thank you and well done everybody as I now have a job! Colin S – Oct 2013
I could not work a computer until I came to the Lighthouse Project, the staff are very good and help you to learn how to use a computer. I am now very happy because I have started doing my own job searches, sending CV’s, etc. which I could not do before. I now want to learn a lot more. Thanks to the staff here. Nino – June 2014
The Lighthouse Project has been a God send for me. I never used a computer until I came here. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers for their help through the last 9 months. Now I can start my new job on Monday – You all do a great job. Cheers. Billy R – July 2014
I am grateful for the amenities provided at the Lighthouse Project, I am currently unemployed and the facilities provided here have been very beneficial to me. The staff and computers have helped me to create a CV and access to job searching websites without which I would find it much harder to find employment as I don’t have these facilities at home. The staff and volunteers are also very supportive which makes my visits all the more easier. Thank you! James J – July 2013
I was referred to the Lighthouse Project via the Job Centre in April. On arriving I was greeted on reception by Carole who explained what the project was about and what the project could help me with. I needed help with my CV and was able to use the computer with some assistance from Dave, who was most helpful, he put me at ease as he went through my CV with me, and with his support I managed to complete it and attach it to an email and apply for a vacancy with my local housing office. I then met Pam who helped and guided me through setting up a Universal Jobmatch account I was then able to successfully apply for lots of vacancies and since then I have had a job offered to me, which I will start at the end of July. I would like to thank all the staff who do a fantastic job and the volunteers as well who are essential to the smooth running of the project. Keep up the good work!!! Thank you – Gaynor July 2013
There is a selection of good things in the courses to help people do things and to help build up confidence. The staff and volunteers are very helpful and support us with CVs, job advice and different courses. The textile ‘Spin a Yarn’ course has been a very productive session with helpful staff.To everybody who comes to the Lighthouse Project the enjoyment received was excellent and learning screen printing was a godsend to me and the others in the class. All the staff help with computers. Donald B – July 2015
This is a list of testimonials with the most recent first, there are lots of testimonies to read so you may have to page through them to get a full picture of all the comments that we have received.
“The Lighthouse Project is a big help to a lot of people. They have helped me with my CV on a numerous times, and also recently Carl was a great help to my husband when he was preparing a presentation for work.
There are a lot of people who would be lost without this place.”
Thanks everyone – Nicola D Sept 2016
“Having had an emergency operation on my right knee, I could not work. Aftercare was involved and I was taking co-codamol painkillers which were failing me for interviews for fork lifts, so my licences lapsed.
Consequently I had to go on JSA and I was sent to Mantra training to renew my licences, meanwhile I needed lots of help with computers, and Dave and Carole were brilliant with giving me all the help I needed.
I also got encouragement from all the other members of staff and the volunteers helping me to quit the booze and ciggy’s which gave me the confidence to get back into work – and now I have a job at Sarsons in Middleton.”
Thanks Michael S – Sept 2016
I would like to thank the hard working staff at the Lighthouse Project for their help and unstinting support in assisting me to achieve my goal of gaining full-time employment.
Special big Thanks.
Lisa – March 2016
I would just like to say that the Lighthouse Project is very helpful in meeting everybody’s needs, whatever they may be.
It’s volunteers have helped me immensely in every thing i have needed regarding, job searching, learning new computer skills, and courses in order for me to find employment, and now I have just got a job which is amazing.
Also they are a reassuring listening ear whenever it is needed. I would just like to say a Big Thank You TO all CONCERNED.
Ronnie L – March 2016
I want to say a BIG thanks to everyone at the Lighthouse Project. I had a great time there whilst looking for a new job. The staff were very helpful and there were great facilities to help me as I don’t have a computer at home.
I now have managed to get a job and want to that the team for their help.
Adrian G – March 2016
Having read the recent articles in the Middleton Guardian, and being curious about the hopeful relocation of the Lighthouse Project from Warwick Mill, I paid a visit last week and was shown around by Centre manager Pam Semp, a great guide.
There’s are several banks of computers for people to use in job searches and other things, tables and chairs for arts and crafts and other interests, a small café and kitchen for training of how to cook.
This is the main part of this charitable project, to give people a practical and artistic opportunity to further their lives. The local council should be thrilled, all organised by private and philanthropic effort, and seemingly, to me on the day, done so efficiently.
There are other aspects dealt with in the space as well, such as the wheelchair loan organisation Middleton Dial, and there are helpful noticeboards and pamphlets giving useful information.
A suitable relocation must be found, this initiative must continue… It is a marvelous social facility.
Michael D White
Letters Page extract, Middleton Guardian 25th Feb 2016
When I first started volunteering at The Lighthouse Project, I had been out of work for 5 years. I felt I wanted to get back into work but was nervous and lacking in confidence. I thought that volunteering was a good way of developing my skills, getting experience of the working environment and giving me the confidence I needed to return to work.
During my time as a volunteer I have enhanced my own skills by guiding people with computer skills such as job hunting, writing CVs and email skills. I have also worked on reception which has been an important experience as this is the type of work I have been looking for. I have felt very much part of a team, working alongside the other members of staff.
My time at The Lighthouse Project has been invaluable, my self-esteem has greatly increased and I have enjoyed meeting a wide variety of new people. Whilst giving something back to the community, I have taken the first steps to returning to paid employment and, following a successful job interview, I am looking forward to starting my new receptionist job at a Children’s Centre.
I will be very sorry to leave The Lighthouse Project as it is a very warm, welcoming and supportive place. I cannot thank the staff and team there enough for the help, support and confidence I have been given. Liz H – Nov 2015
I have been using the Lighthouse Project for several years now Over this period of time it has proved to be a very good place to come. I use the internet and other IT facilities, and to study, which has helped me pass exams.
I now have only 12 months of study left to qualify as a Solicitor, and the Lighthouse Project has helped me to achieve this.
Thank you – Rajiv S Sept 2016
The Lighthouse is a wonderful place I can’t believe how friendly the staff are, very helpful and supportive, and willing to listen and give you the time needed to explain things. Lots of encouragement giving me confidence that is much needed. Thank you – Phil D July 2015
I have always used the facilities at the Lighthouse Project and found them absolutely brilliant staff. Once again they have helped me find employment after a long spell of injury. I will still continue to come to the Lighthouse Project to seek help and information on a regular basis.
Well done all the staff and volunteers, I start work again on Monday – Cheers!
Mike S – Aug 2015