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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I could not use a computer at all until I went to the Lighthouse Project, and they have helped me so that I can not use computers to search for work. The staff and volunteers are very friendly, you can say boo to them and they don’t jump. I enjoy going to the Lighthouse Project. Philip H – Oct 2013
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 am so grateful to Pam and Carl for taking me on as a volunteer. I have made some lovely friends, and met a lot of interesting people from all walks of life. Carole the receptionist has always made me feel so welcome; also it has been a privilege to meet Peter who does our art classes, and Eileen who does the card making. I have made some lovely cards -thank you. I have also learnt quite a lot of new computer skills and through this I have been able to keep in touch with my family. I feel that the Lighthouse Project has really made a positive contribution to Middleton, particularly for those folk who are looking for work. Thank you everyone. Sue H
I have been a volunteer at the Lighthouse Project for two weeks on a college placement and I have loved every minute of it, the Lighthouse Project offers so much to people who need their help. The courses they offer such as Online Basics and the Back to Work Essentials course are so helpful and are really important for people’s lives. They are always willing to help and will never turn you away, they are all like a big happy family! During my time here I have noticed how much people benefit from the Lighthouse Project, people are always coming in and out and when they are here they know that they are in a loving and helping environment. The Lighthouse Project is one of the best places I have had the pleasure to work in the staff/volunteers are always on hand and they will always be there when you need them, not only are the people blessed enough by having the Lighthouse Project just round the corner, but they are also blessed to have the staff/volunteers that work there. Amie H – Sept 2013
The Lighthouse Project over the years has offered us all ample opportunity regarding bettering ourselves, whether this be looking for work, learning about computers or computer courses in general! I know that I might not be where I am now regarding finding my choice of work as I was pointed in the right direction by one of the many friendly, excellent volunteers and staff, who freely give their time and never question anything or anyone whilst giving their knowledge and help to us all. So a BIG thank you to every one of them from us all! And lastly here is to the Lighthouse Project, carrying on from strength to strength for many more years to come. Ronnie Lowe – June 2015
To Pam, Carl and all the staff and volunteers at the Lighthouse Project. Thank you for being so supportive of the Memory Wellbeing Cafe and all the people who have attended it… thank you for all the help you have given. Muriel – Alzheimers Society June 2014
“…they have helped me with my self belief and supported me through a difficult time. I have now once again found employment and feel that the Lighthouse has played a big part in my progression…”
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 joined the Middleton Photography group about 18 months ago and have really enjoyed the times I have spent with the group. I have learned how to use a digital camera on manual settings etc, and have taken some good pictures on our outings and whilst at the club. We have also learnt about Photoshop. The Lighthouse Project is a fantastic place with lovely people. I feel that more could be done to advertise the place to reach more people as I didn’t find out about it until I retired from work. I wish the project much success and hope it keeps going for many years. April H – June 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