Residents are invited to drop in to the job clubs between 10am and 1pm at Crackley Community Centre on 21 January and the Harriet Higgins Community Centre, Rotterdam Road, Poolfields, on 28 January.
The creation of the clubs is a result of Aspire Housing’s three year neighbourhood plans to help breathe new life into Crackley and Poolfields.
Aspire Housing owns 517 homes in Crackley and 374 homes in Poolfields and following consultation with residents in both areas, the plans have been produced to help them and Aspire’s partners to build safer, greener, healthier and stronger communities. The plans also tackle unemployment and antisocial behaviour.
Aspire is working with partner organisations to offer a variety of different information sessions and support to meet the different needs of its customers. It has secured money through Jobcentre Plus to buy laptops and printers for the clubs.
In Crackley, Aspire is working in partnership with the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s Family Employment Initiative (FEI) to deliver the work club. The FEI programme has already supported over 200 Newcastle residents back into employment. This initiative can support any unemployed person over the age of 16 living in Newcastle, Stoke on Trent Vale and Biddulph.
Crackley’s residents came up with the name for their new Crackley employment and skills club and Poolfields’ residents are launching their Poolfields employment project.
At the launch of each job club, the local community can meet the employment and skills advisor who will be supporting with advice on CVs, applications, interview techniques, job hunting and training at the weekly job clubs. They can also speak to their local neighbourhood officer and members of the resident involvement team, to discuss issues about their local neighbourhood. There’s also a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher in a prize draw and children to win a £20 voucher for a colouring competition.
Aspire has an excellent reputation for helping to improve the lives of those living in Staffordshire, giving them a chance to get onto the work ladder. Aspire’s employment and skills team will provide advice and support to residents who seek help from the job clubs.
Aspire’s employment and skills advisor Kay Fryer said: “We can identify the needs of each individual and help develop a plan that is best for them. We can help people write their CVs and advise them on how to complete a job application form. We can also offer advice on training.”
SinéadButters, chief executive of the Aspire Group said: “The launch of these job clubs gives fresh hope to those who are seeking to get into employment or training as the new year starts. Aspire Housing listens to the views of its customers and this is just one aspect of our neighbourhood plans to improve the skills and aspirations of local people to make training and employment more accessible.”
Anthony Myers, chairman of the Crackley Community Residents’ Association, said: “Crackley community centre is proud to work with Aspire to help our community be a better place to live, helping people young and old, to create CVs and prospects and future jobs.”
Sheryl Pope, secretary of Poolfields Residents’ Association, said: “We are pleased that Aspire Housing has identified a need in the Poolfields area and that they are willing to help us to help the community to create better lives.”