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Local entrepreneur launches new business after training

Alison Wattis, a local Castle Vale resident, has recently launched a new T-shirt printing business following the successful completion of an employability-training programme delivered by Compass Support.

Get Healthy Get Working is an interactive training course that offers the development of skills and confidence to support residents into employment or training positions.

The virtual programme encourages residents to fulfil their potential by engaging in a wide range of practical activities aimed at building confidence and promoting healthier lifestyles.

Alison joined the October course in hope of learning how to use her artistic skills to make a living.

During her time on the programme, the team coached Alison on building her CV, creating a cover letter, applying for jobs, interview techniques and more.

Having always wanted to be an illustrator, Alison was thrilled when the skills she attained through Get Healthy Get Working helped her gain a place on a further training course to learn design. As a result, Alison has now launched her own printing business, Little One Designs, selling her custom-designed t-shirts.

Alison says:

I was at a point where I was wondering which direction to go in life. The course really helped me, and with support tailored to my personal circumstances, I feel like it has helped me achieve a life goal.

It feels amazing to have my own business and I’m so proud to be doing something that I love.

In addition to employment skills, the programme offers ‘Living Life to the Full’ training, giving people practical tools and tips on how to manage mental health, and cope with any struggles that may hinder their progress in life.

Ceri Cooper Employability & Wellbeing Coach for Compass Support comments:

We are so proud to have supported Alison into doing something she loves for a living. The aim of this programme is to enable positive change in residents’ lives and launching your own business is a huge achievement to be celebrated.

With the next programme starting soon, we welcome any Castle Vale or Falcon Lodge residents who are struggling with obstacles in your journey to landing your dream role; we are here to formulate a plan to achieve your aspirations.

Get Healthy Get Working’s next programme starts Monday 26 April. The training is ideal for those returning to work, new starters or the recently unemployed and can support those who are looking for voluntary, paid, apprenticeship or trainee roles in Castle Vale, Falcon Lodge and surrounding areas. A number of tablets and dongles to loan for those without digital access.

To apply for the next course, please contact or visit for more information.