Grant gives Tim hope

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AN UNEMPLOYED former chef is hoping support from Doncaster New Deal for Communities will help him back into work.

Tim Hinton, aged 31, of Dockin Hill Road, near the town centre, has received £235 funding from Doncaster New Deal for Communities to pay for a motorway maintenance course and licence.

After being unemployed for 18 months, Tim researched the job market and decided to put his efforts into learning a practical skill which would fit in with his love of the outdoors.

He completed the four-hour course at Carr Hill Industrial Estate, learning about motorway maintenance and traffic management.

Tim, a former chef, hopes the knowledge he learned on the course will get him back into employment.

He said: “I was aware of the NDC through Food Aware, which distributes surplus food to people in the community and is another NDC-funded project. An NDC worker told me about Resident Awards which give local people the opportunity to pay for further education with NDC funding.

“I thought it was a fantastic opportunity because it’s difficult and costly for people to get the qualifications they need to get back into work.

“Resident Awards such as the one I received really help people broaden their horizons and learn new skills. Without this funding I could not even think about doing the motorway maintenance work I hope to do in future.

“I’m still unemployed but it gives me hope for the future and I feel empowered that it could help get me work. The Resident Award fund provides small grants of £500 or less to individual NDC residents to help them pursue an opportunity that will benefit themselves or their families.”

Most costs would be considered as long as an application falls within the spirit of the fund and will be beneficial to the individual or their family. Residents must have lived in the area for over 12 months to be eligible.