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New work clubs bring employment boost

Two new work clubs are opening their doors to unemployed people in South Staffordshire as they aim to bring an employment boost to the region.

Huntington and Wombourne are set to get new work clubs following the success of others in the district in helping people back into work and accessing volunteering opportunities.

South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) is running the two new work clubs where there will be people on hand to help people with updating and writing their CV, accessing job opportunities, preparing for job interviews, and completing online applications, as well as other helpful advice.

Existing clubs already run in Perton, Featherstone, and Bilbrook and Codsall by South Staffordshire Work Clubs and local partners have proved successful. More than 160 people currently attend these clubs and they have helped 12 people back into work, three into volunteering, and five into training.

The first people were welcomed through the doors of the Huntington work club on the first Friday in November and the club will run fortnightly on a Friday from 10am to 12pm at Littleton Green Community School. The next club is on Friday, November 18.

The Wombourne Work Club is being launched on Tuesday, November 29 and will run from 10am to 12pm at Wombourne Library.

Jackie Ilic, neighbourhood involvement officer at SSHA, said: “It was great to see so many people attend the first session and if the other clubs are anything to go by this number will grow.

“We are committed to tackling worklessness and helping people access employment and volunteering opportunities. The work clubs are a regular and informal way of people accessing the necessary support they need to gain employment.

“Through our involvement in the Perton Work Club, we are already working with 40 members at the club and have helped seven people into employment and volunteering.”

Cheslyn Hay resident Chaz Girvan attended the Huntington work café in the hope of finding a new full time job after he was made redundant last year.

Twenty-eight-year-old Chaz said: “I was made redundant from my full-time job but I have a part-time job that I have had for six years. I am hoping that the work club can help me find job opportunities.

“I think it’s a really good idea because it brings everything you need to find a job into one place and the people I met were really helpful.”

For more information on the work clubs visit www.southstaffsworkcafes.co.uk

New work clubs bring employment boost