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Job club opens for business

An innovative new project to support unemployed local people back to work has been launched by Chalford Parish Council.

The Chalford Job Club is a new weekly support group which provides free help to local people who find themselves redundant or unemployed.

It has been set up by Chalford Parish Council in response to the increasing number of redundancies and company closures across the Gloucestershire region.

Parish and District Councillor for Chalford, Debbie Young, said:

"The country's current economic situation is already having a huge impact on the district. With local redundancies and a scarcity of jobs we want to do all that we can to support local people into work."

Stroud District Council will be supporting Parish Council officers by sending staff from across the organisation to provide advice and guidance. First up on 1st April SDC's benefits officers will visit the group to let them know which benefits are on offer and how they can apply for them.

SDC's HR officers will also be visiting the group in the near future to provide guidance on all stage of their job search from preparing a CV and filling in application forms through to interview techniques.

Other organisations will be providing the group with their knowledge and experience. On 8th April Cirencester College will be coming along to give advice on available courses and training. Voluntary organisations will also give members the opportunity to increase their confidence and work skills by volunteering.

Councillor Young added:

"This club offers residents the chance to receive practical help, advice and support all in one venue. We want to encourage people to come along; be proactive and get advice from the experts."

Local businesses are also supporting the club with supermarket giant Tesco generously donating refreshments and newspapers to the weekly group.

Chalford Job Club is held Wednesday at 11am -12pm at Bussage Village Hall, Geralds Way, Bussage. The club operates a drop-in system, no appointment necessary.

For further information call Councillor Debbie Young on 01453 887565.

Posted : 25/03/2009 10:25:45

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