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Maybe you’ve gotten in touch with us for support, or one of our staff has contacted you to check in on how you’re doing.  If you’re needing help we may offer to book an appointment with you.

So, what should you expect?

Where will my appointment be?

We have a number of places we use for our appointments:

  • Contact Warrington – this is in the town centre, next to Caffe Caruso (look for the fountain!)  We have our own room in this building on the right-hand side of the main room.  You don’t need to queue up if you have an appointment, just come straight to our room and knock on the door.
  • Orford Youth Base – We have meetings in Orford Youth Base on Capesthorne Road, too.  This gets confused with Orford Community Hub on Festival Avenue, which isn’t a part of the Youth Base.  Orford Youth Base has a gym next door, so if you can’t see a gym then you’re at the wrong one!  Speak to the receptionist when you arrive to find out what room to go to.
  • Home visit – If you’re having difficulty getting to our usual appointment places we may offer to visit you at your home.  We’ll arrange a suitable date and time with you.  Anyone from our team will be wearing a Warrington Borough Council ID badge, usually on a lanyard.

When should I get there?

An appointment is usually booked in for either an hour or half an hour.  As advisers may be seeing more than one person in a row it’s best to get to your appointment 5 minutes early.

Most of our appointments are held between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.  We might be able to book an appointment a little earlier or later than this for you if you can’t make these times, but we can’t guarantee this.

What should I bring with me?

  • Qualifications – It can be useful to bring the results of any qualifications you have to your appointment. This is really useful for CV writing or applying for an apprenticeship. Don’t bring the actual certificates in unless your adviser asks you to, just write your grades as a list. 
  • Something to write on – A pen and paper can be useful, but your adviser will have these with them too, so don’t worry if you forget to bring one.
  • Someone else?  - A lot of people like to bring a parent or friend to their appointment, and that’s fine!  You don’t have to bring anyone with you if you don’t want to, but if you do it should be someone you’re comfortable talking openly with.

What happens at an appointment?

An appointment is all about you, so there isn’t one ‘standard’ way to have an appointment.  It will be all about what you need.

If it’s your first ever appointment there are a few things that normally come up.  We’ll talk about what you want to do, how you can do it, and what you need to do to get there.  We’ll often set you things to do after the appointment, and tell you what we’ll do for you too.

There might be a lot of question in this first meeting - it’s OK to not know the answers.  We’re here to help you find out those answers, not tell you off for not knowing these yet.

Some appointments will be a one-off, but others will be the first of many.  Your adviser will let you know if they’re going to book you in for more appointments or give you a ring to check in on how you’re doing.

We asked our advisers what they would say to expect at a ‘typical’ appointment, here’s what they said:

‘We can help and assist in many ways and we are very flexible’

‘You will be asked questions – but it won’t be a test – questions are a way of helping your adviser work with you to find out suitable opportunities for you!’

‘we are here to listen, not decide for you.  It’s impartial, meaning it’s about finding the career that suits you.’


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Careers Centre,
Room 6, Contact Warrington,
26-30 Horsemarket Street,
Warrington, WA1 1XL

Currently closed for face to face visits due to Covid-19

01925 442211

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