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Fiona Phillips with the Warrington team

BBC’s Panorama team – including former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips – spent a morning at Warrington Disability Partnerships Centre for Independent Living as part of an investigation into the services available to unemployed people aged 50 and over.

The team focused on the delivery of the innovative ‘Lavender Hill Project’ which offers an individual needs assessment, financial health check, skills check and health check as part of a person-centred service.

The project has already supported more than 30 clients, with over 50% returning to work and with the roll-on, roll-off nature of the project this figure is certain to increase before it ends in December this year.

Joyce Magusha-Charambeni, one of the clients who has found full time work after engaging with the Lavender Hill Project said:

“I was delighted with the support I received and would recommend the service to others who are seeking employment.”

The Panorama programme has a provisional broadcast date at the end of March.