Working Futures’ founder Dawn Grant has over 30 years’ experience within social housing having held senior roles within local authorities and housing associations.
Dawn has a proven track record in learning skills and employment developed over the past 7 years and experience in engaging with individuals on various and numerous projects in Community Development and Social Housing.
Dawn has an extensive network of consultants and trainers to support Working Futures.
Dawn is a board member of West Kent YMCA and a former board member at CDX . She is PTLLS qualified, holds the Chartered Institute of Housing qualification and a BA Honours degree in English and History.
Dawn can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07736 946333
What people say about Dawn Grant
"I have known Dawn professionally for almost ten years. Dawn has always demonstrated a wealth of experience in social housing and her background of housing and rent arrears management is evident with her knowledge of working practices and housing law."
"Dawn has strong interpersonal skills both working one to one and with groups and demonstrates empathy with people regardless of their backgrounds. She showed this in working with clients, agencies and colleagues during the time I worked with her. In particular her back to work project the “Working Futures Programme”. We as a very successful programme where participants were assisted into work or work placements. 21 gained sustainable jobs and over 100 residents gained an NVQ level 2 qualification over the year programme. Dawn facilitated strong links with local businesses in order to gain work placements."
Mark Faithful, West Kent Housing Association
"Dawn worked hard to fill the courses with local unemployed people and would always go the extra mile to ensure that people didn’t miss out on any opportunities. She always had her ear to the ground for job vacancies and actively encouraged people to apply and supported them in their applications. She would always see the good in everyone and had a resilient positive attitude which rubbed off on even the most challenging participants. A high number of people on the course found employment, not easy considering some of them had been unemployed for many years and that we were going through recession at the time."
"Dawn, is totally reliable, always positive and managed to come up with solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems."
Barbara Murray (Careers Adviser, National Careers Guidance)
Course participant feedback
“I have more confidence now Dawn has made me realise I have a lot to offer”
“Nice atmosphere created among strangers to discuss something very personal”
“A worthwhile course to help you back into work or volunteering”
“Enjoyed the workshop feel better about myself going back into the work place”
“The course has really helped me to liven up and refresh my old CV”.
“I'm a printer by trade. Over 25 years and then anotherseven years in security, but my license expired. Before Working Futures, I was as low as low. I'd been looking for work since May 2011, walking into anywhere and everywhere. One day I saw an ad for free training & Dawn contacted me and invited me to join the programme.
I was very nervous – didn't know anyone that first day - but I don't think you could ask for a better group of people. Within two weeks we were going out for coffees and I was telling friends about Working Futures. Most useful for me was the advice and help around creating a CV, and on presenting at job interviews and thinking about what questions to ask the employer. Dawn was calling me about three times a week with information on local employment opportunities. I reckon I applied to about 75 employers since May and only got 9 replies. Then I heard through the grapevine about a job at Sevenoaks Railway Station. Went for an interview and I started on the 17th October.
If it wasn't for Working Futures, I wouldn't have had a job now. I'd have stuttered in the interview and made a right pig's ear of it. The confidence boost it gave me was one of the main things. If it weren't for Dawn, I'd still be in the Job Centre.”
"Working Futures has been a far more relaxing and supportive experience. I was made very welcome straight away and it's been very helpful working within a group and learning new skills. The support around interview skills and CV writing was good, particularly as I didn't want to go back into hairdressing. We focused on identifying my skills and experience, rather than just focusing on qualifications. I learnt a lot about how to look for jobs online. After taking part in Working Futures I got a job with Asda. Working Futures has been really helpful in building my confidence. Staff are approachable and the group wasn't overly big. It's been a really good experience.”
"I've been to about five Working Futures sessions now. It's been good. It helps you out a lot with practical things like job interview skills; how to apply for jobs online. At first, I was nervous, but as soon as I got in there everyone was friendly and I was fine after that. I've been coming back ever since.”