Hartlepool scheme on pathway to creating jobs

READY FOR GROWTH: Christine Fewster.
READY FOR GROWTH: Christine Fewster.

A SCHEME which helps disabled people is on the verge of creating 12 new jobs - less than a fortnight after opening.

The Pathways to Independence project, which has just opened a new independent living scheme in Park Road, wants to recruit a dozen support workers for the building which has top-level apartments in it as well as a drop-in centre.

Pathways was founded six years ago in Hartlepool by sisters Christine Fewster and Tracey Garrett. Christine said: “The workers we need will be starting immediately once the interview process has been completed.

“They will be supporting people with learning disabilities and helping them to access local communities.”

Christine said the people who apply need to have one main attribute which was flexibility.

She added: “We wanted to get the ball rolling by getting the Park Road building set up and then by recruiting people.

“There will be more jobs to follow in the New Year and that will also be for support workers. That is when we shall see the biggest increase in staff.”

Pathways plan to double their workforce from 55 people to around 110. Pathways provides support for adults with a range of disabilities including autism, behavioural distress, and mental health issues.

So far, its help has included short break holidays, support through carers, trained staff, help in peoples’ own home and one-to-one and group help.

In November 2013, Pathways to Independence sold its shares to the Springfield Healthcare Group. Teamwork between the two organisations, leading to the new Park Road facility which includes self-contained apartments.

As well the drop-in facility, it has five, two bedroomed self contained apartments and a one bed apartment.

To mark the opening of the new building, Pathways held a party to which workers, parents and staff were all invited.