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Scheme To Get Workless Cornish Families Into Jobs
7:01am 13th April 2013
A Cornish dad has told Pirate FM how he was left struggling to feed his two young daughters after losing his job.
Sam from Zelah is among those being helped back into work by a new scheme.
Cornwall Works with Families is targeting Duchy families where no-one has ever been employed.
Sam says going back to college is just the start for him: "It was very stressful, it put quite a bit of stress on our relationship at thome. Thinking of them is the main thing that got us by.
"We found ourselves unable to pay rent, we found ourselves in a lot of trouble. Even with benefits, we could just about afford to feed ourselves.
"When you lose your job, you just want to sit in and not realy do anything. You find yourself in a bit of a ditch. I mean, looking for jobs is the worst thing in the world. I know how down you feel if you're stuck inside, and how much just going out for a couple of hours a week just lifts your spirits."
The drive to get workless families into jobs has been hailed as a priority for Cornwall.
It covers everything from help with reading and writing to overcoming addiction.
Duchy support worker Matt Bennett said: "I think it's really good for those teenagers and young people to see the parents going out and trying to do something. Maybe they don't get a job, but they're doing voluntary work or they're doing a course. And that inspires them, because then they think, actually this isn't the norm just to go straight onto benefits. Actually, I can improve my life."
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