New funding secures Workcare work clubs

WorkCare Coventry & Warwickshire Work Clubs are alive and well in Atherstone until 2014 thanks to funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) and Section 106 funding .

Kay Aldersley, WorkCare Development Officer stated “We are pleased to be able to continue our practical support to those who are unemployed in Atherstone as a result of successfully securing new funding”.

WorkCare Work Clubs offer a friendly, local venue for job seekers who need support  with writing CV’s, preparing for interviews and information on local courses.  We work closely with JobCentre Plus, Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) and National Careers Service.  Work Clubs also give the opportunity for job seekers to have a ‘place to meet’ , to share ideas and to gain new skills.

The Work Club in Atherstone meets at the Volunteer Centre in Long Street (opp Aldi), giving job seekers the opportunity to explore volunteering opportunities as well as accessing Work Club support.  Kay continued “Volunteering gives job seekers, particularly those who have been out of the workplace for a while, the opportunity to gain ‘real’ work experience.   There are many volunteering opportunities on offer at the moment which means that job seekers can perhaps ‘try’ something new, knowing they are supported through the process.  Volunteering is also good to include on a CV as it demonstrates a willingness to work, explore new work options and gives experience of being part of a team”

Atherstone Work Club meets on Mondays from 12noon – 1.30pm and Tuesdays from 10am – 12noon.  At the Tuesday session a Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) advisor attends the Work Club to assist job seekers who have issues regarding redundancy, debts or benefits.

Attending a Work Club can lead to becoming a Work Club volunteer, perhaps moving into Further or Higher education as well as securing paid work.  It is always rewarding and encouraging when someone attends Work Club with low confidence levels and over the weeks starts to develop new skills and increased self confidence.  One lady who attended the Work Club was already working as an office volunteer and was involved in the White Hart Café project based at the Volunteer Centre.  As a result of volunteering, gaining an up-to-date Food Safety qualification  and up-dating her CV she has now secured a part-time job in the café at Pooley Country Park and is really enjoying being back in the workplace.

WorkCare have received many comments from job seekers on the help and support given through the Work Clubs – here’s a flavour from two ‘satisfied customers’ –

“Been extremely helpful in getting my CV completed quickly and effectively.  Helped me understand what to include, how to present and do one.  Been really friendly and really enjoyed being here.  Great experience.”

“We have found the Job Club very, very helpful.  The people are very, very friendly and nothing is too much trouble.”