Our team are usually based in offices throughout Edinburgh, but during lockdown they are contactable by phone, email, video message or Facebook.
They are a friendly group who will get to know you and find out what you want. We know everyone is different and we don’t take a “one size fits all” approach. There is no pressure and we will work at your pace until you get where you want to be.
So here they are – some have included a photo of themselves and some have included a photo of somewhere that is important to them.
Introducing the Next Step team…..
I previously worked as an underground mechanical engineer, which involved the repair and maintenance of all aspects of machinery required for the extraction of coal from Monktonhall Colliery for producing electricity at Cockenzie Power Station and for private use. After the national closure of the mines in the 80’s, I worked in the bar trade. For the last 26 years I have been working with people who are experiencing unemployment.
I’m friendly – I love getting to know people and havig a chat.
My job at Next Step is perfect for me as I love helping others.
I’m Camilla and there is nothing I love more than a cup of tea and slice of cake! In my job at Next Step – I really enjoy getting to know people and being part of their journey towards reaching their goals
Originally from North East England, I have been living in Edinburgh for the past 10 years and there’s no place I’d rather live. I like to practice yoga and exercise when I can, whilst also sampling new restaurants. I also love an escape room and have been to many around the city and am known to play a board game from time to time. I’ve been working at Community Renewal and Next Step since June 2019 as a Community Employment Caseworker. I like to get to know my client’s strengths and encourage them use those strengths to help them get the right job.
I arrived in Scotland 3 years ago. I used to work in recruitment, then one day I realised I wanted to work with people on a different level. I wanted to support them with overcoming life barriers, building confidence, improving their lives and fulfil their dreams. I believe that work satisfaction is a crucial part of our wellbeing and everyone deserves to have a chance to be in a place where their skills and talents are respected and appreciated. I can provide support in English, Polish and if you are very patient with me – we can even try in French! Privately I am interested in street photography. I enjoy strolling around and taking pictures of people with my very old film camera. I also love travelling, discovering new places, cultures and food.
I have worked for Community Renewal and Next Step since May 2012 as an Administrator in the Muirhouse area of Edinburgh.
Previous roles have included Customer Services, Travel Documentation and various other Admin jobs.
Oliver’s is the Project Lead for Next Step. He also manages the construction team, supporting our clients to gain their CSCS Cards and gain employment or apprenticeships in the construction sector.
Oliver has previous experience in a variety of roles in the DWP including Team Leader and Technical Assurance Officer and experience working in the construction sector as a Quantity Surveyor.
I have been working in the field of support and employability for many years now. I strongly believe that anyone can find the right job, with the right support and encouragement.
I’ve lived in Edinburgh for the past 9 years after moving here from Northumberland to attend Edinburgh Napier University to gain my Criminology Degree. I love living here and my favourite place to visit is Inverleith Park to see all the dogs. My hobbies include kickboxing, running and I also borrow dogs at the weekend to walk and play with. I have been with Community Renewal and Next Step since December 2018 working as a Community Employment Caseworker. I love getting to meet new people and learn all about them. I like knowing that people can come into our offices for support but also for a chat and a cuppa when they need.
As a recent Politics graduate, I have really enjoyed making the transition from writing and learning about employment policy to working in an environment where I am interacting with this policy and its impact every day. Outside of work I like reading, musicals and exploring Edinburgh.
Like many others, I have struggled with career direction; I studied Psychology at Heriot Watt and completed an MSc in Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh and wasn’t sure what was next. I took stock of my journey to that point and what had driven it, the answer was resoundingly a desire to help people in some way. This realisation led me to this role and I believe my experience helps me to support others to find their direction and take the next step in their journey.
Outside of work I like to run to offset the sheer amount of sweets and chocolate I inhale. I also spend a significant amount of my time watching sports, specifically football and MMA.
I worked as a waitress for the best part of a decade before moving into support work. I originally studied art at college which I ended up not enjoying. I then decided that I would like to help people to improve their situations. I did some volunteering with different charities which helped me to decide what I do and don’t like doing, I was then lucky enough to be offered a paid position with a homeless service before moving onto supporting women experiencing domestic abuse. I have now found myself working in employability and have really enjoyed getting to know the people who use the service and helping them to navigate their options.
I am one of the Caseworkers at Community Renewal and Next Step. I love travelling but my favourite destination is and will always be Disneyland 😊. In my spare time, I enjoy meeting with family and friends or just simply binge watching my favourite TV shows.
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