Burnt Oak residents are about to get a new pilot project which aims to support people to find work, access a wide range of support in their local community as well as increase the prosperity of the area.
BOOST (Burnt Oak Opportunity Support Team) is part of the West London Alliance (WLA) ‘Working People, ‘Working Places’ programme where a similar local pilot is run in St Raphael’s estate in Brent.
A multi-agency team is based on the ground floor of Burnt Oak Library with staff from Jobcentre Plus, Barnet Homes, Barnet Council’s Benefits Service and Education and Skills team. Their key community partner, Love Burnt Oak, will also support the team’s work.
BOOST aims to offer an opportunity for Burnt Oak residents to overcome any obstacles they find in their way that might prevent people from finding long term employment. The project does this through providing advice on job searching, housing, benefits, well-being, childcare and skills as well as signposting people to opportunities to become more involved with their wider community such as volunteering.
Councillor Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council, said: “BOOST is a great example of how we are working together with our partners in Barnet Homes and Jobcentre Plus to help people get into long term jobs. By putting all the services together under one roof we can offer our residents the targeted support they need to help them develop new skills and overcome any obstacles that stand in their way.”
Troy Henshall, Barnet Homes’ Interim Chief Executive Officer, said: “Three years ago through Barnet Homes’ engagement in the community of Burnt Oak we were able to get the residents behind the Love Burnt Oak campaign, which became an official charity last December. This meant it could receive more funding from Barnet Council for health and well-being and also to support BOOST. BOOST is another innovative example of Barnet Homes working with key partners, such as the council, to deliver the right outcomes for the people of Burnt Oak.”
Dan Gascoyne, the Director of West London Alliance, added that: “BOOST is a great example of a locally designed community-based service, delivered by local partnerships, to improve the lives of Burnt Oak residents. We’re proud to be associated with this project and, through the West London Alliance, other places in are being supported to develop their own local solutions.”