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Holmcroft Library Work Club Helping Local People to Find New Jobs

Mon 4 Sep 2017

Staff and Volunteers at the Stafford Work Clubs have been celebrating after helping a  woman from the Forebridge Ward of Stafford to get into work many years of being unemployed. Hilary Swift, 47, has been attending Stafford Work Clubs for the past 18 months and over that time has applied for a number of jobs without success.

In April 2017 Hilary signed up for the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Programme which now supports the work clubs at Stafford Library Innovation Suite on a Monday Morning 10am until 12 noon, Holmcroft Library on a Tuesday 2pm until 4pm and Rising Brook Library on a Thursday 10am until 12 noon.  

It has been a partnership effort with Hilary getting support from the staff and volunteers at the work clubs and from Tina Westwood, Community Connect Officer at Staffordshire County Council, in building her confidence, developing her CV and helping her to submit job applications. As a Stafford and Rural Homes tenant, Hilary secured a voluntary role with the Be Connected Project and then succeeded in getting an interview for a care job with Limewood Care, part of Choices Housing. Last week Hilary heard that she had been successful in that interview and is starting work soon!

Hilary said “Attending the Work Clubs in Stafford has been brilliant for me and the help I received from the staff has given me the confidence to apply for jobs.   

“In the past I have been on courses and got certificates which I have saved at home and I am very proud of my achievements.

“I really like coming to work club because everyone is so friendly. Thank you Rob and the staff and volunteers”  

The Building Better Opportunities programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund, is managed by Business Enterprise Support and includes 16 partners across the Stafford and the south of the county.

The £2.3m to project aims to help those who experience multiple barriers to work in finding a job or in being better placed to look for work.

Rob Arnold, Employability Officer for Support Staffordshire, who delivers the BBO Work Clubs in Stafford said, "We've come a long way with Hilary, as we have with other participants of the work clubs, and we believe the work clubs are a valuable asset for anyone in the town looking for help to find a job. 

“I'm really proud of the difference we can make to the lives of people and their families, and the ripple effect of this in our communities is huge, with new people approaching us every day seeking to emulate the success of their friends and neighbours. 

“Hilary is a great example of how getting a job can transform the lives of our participants."

If you want to find out more about Stafford Work Clubs or find out how you or your business could get involved, contact Rob Arnold on 07792 241 008.