Hundreds given the chance of a New Direction

New Directions

An event giving people the chance to try something new attracted hundreds of visitors on Friday 27 October. 

New Directions gathered around 70 local organisations at Alton College to offer jobs, volunteering opportunities and new skills to people looking for a fresh start. 

Run by EHDC and the office of Damian Hinds MP, the event was geared towards helping people back into work. 

Speakers and workshops provided interview techniques and CV writing tips to help give visitors the confidence and skills they need to take on a new challenge. 

Cllr Robert Mocatta, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Prosperity, said: “The pandemic made a lot of people re-evaluate their careers and their role in their communities.  

“This event gave people the chance to see what opportunities are out there and to try something new.” 

Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, said: “It was fantastic to see New Directions return for another year and wonderful that so many residents from across East Hampshire came along to talk to local employers and community groups. 

"Sometimes we all just need a little prompt when thinking about any kind of life change, be it training, employment or volunteering. I really hope everybody that attended took some useful advice away with them and has now got that confidence to make the change.  

"My thanks to the team at the district council for organising a brilliant community event.”

All the organisations exhibiting at the event can be seen and contacted through our New Directions web page. 

New Directions

As well as the stands, stalls and speakers the event also featured a hi-tech helicopter simulator provided by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. 

We also thank all the organisations, charities, employers and community groups who supported the event: Alton Lions; Alton WI; Bordon Belles WI; St John Ambulance and Wey Valley Radio 

The event was paid for by a central government fund called the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which East Hampshire District Council is using to help rural communities build resilience through the opportunities around them.