New Work Club launched for the North Cotswolds

by Joanna Hammond

New Work Club launched for the North Cotswolds

Cotswold Friends has been supported by the GEM project to launch a Work Club in the North Cotswolds. Work Clubs are available across the UK and provide IT facilities, training and support to help unemployed people to find a job. The GEM project (Go the Extra Mile) is funded by The Big Lottery and the European Social Fund and aims to help over 1,000 people remove the barriers which are preventing them from finding work.

The North Cotswolds Work Club is now available for a 3-month trial period at the Moreton Area Centre, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh on Friday mornings 10.30am to 12.30pm. There will be 6 laptops, a printer, IT support and help from volunteers to undertake on-line job searches, complete job application forms, write letters and create a CV. Additional expert help with benefits, debt, housing, training and volunteering experience can also be arranged for attendees. There is no charge to attend the Work Club or use any of the Club’s facilities.

Amanda Howard CEO of Cotswold Friends said, “Looking for work can be a very lonely and isolating experience. Many of us are having to work for longer as pensions start later and the cost of living rises. If you don’t have access to a computer and a printer to create and print job applications, letters and CVs; if you haven’t looked for work for a long time and need advice about CV creation or letter writing; if you aren’t familiar with the internet and using on-line search engines to find job vacancies, then finding work can seem impossible. Not only does the Work Club provide these facilities, and support to use them, but also encouragement, peer support and camaraderie from a group of people who all face the same challenges. This kind of support can grow confidence and can make a big difference to not only the experience of looking for work but also to the successful outcome of finding a suitable role.”

To use the Work Club contact Julie Mitchell. You can telephone on 01608 697002 or email Julie@cotswoldfriends.org or call in to the Moreton Area Centre. The Work Club will run every Friday morning throughout August, September and October.

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