THE Signpost Centres in Stafford and Stone have been awarded cash from the European Social Fund (ESF) via Staffordshire Community Foundation to set up job clubs for the unemployed in Stafford.
The job clubs, which are being hosted at The Signpost Centre in Stone and Rising Brook Baptist Church will offer vital support to the unemployed.
Another Job Club funded by Christian Against Poverty will also be running in the Highfields Centre.
The clubs will teach attendees essential job-hunting skills including, CV writing and interview techniques. The club will also provide much needed support and encouragement, with the group discussing the highs and lows of looking for employment. Participants will be urged to share their progress and will receive advice on opportunities they may have overlooked.
Ken Down, Signpost Centre area manager, said: “Signposts tries to respond to the needs of the community, and unfortunately unemployment is an issue we are faced with everyday. The current media attention on benefit receivers and language such as ‘skivers’ and ‘spongers’ is not a productive way to discuss the issue of unemployment, particularly long-term unemployment. Although we recognise that some people may abuse the benefits system, we also see that many are trapped into it.
“We applied for the funding to allow us to provide a positive solution for unemployed people in the Stafford area. Anybody who is interesting in attending the job club in any of the locations will be welcomed into a safe place, without judgment, and receive the support and encouragement that is needed when looking for a job.”
Anyone who wants to go along can call 01785 812417 for Stone Job Club, 01785 214750 for the Rising Brook Church Centre Job Club and 01785 223860 for the Highfields, Stafford Job Club