14:49 Tuesday 04 February 2014

Call to make better use of Uttoxeter Work Club

Written byRICHARD CASTLE

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VOLUNTEERS are promoting a club helping Uttoxeter resident get back into work after warning that attendances are ‘falling dramatically’.

Uttoxeter Work Club has been running from the town’s Cheadle Road fire station for around 18 months.

The club, run by East Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Services (ESCVS), provides expert guidance, advice, training and contacts to help the unemployed find work.

However, some recent sessions have been completely unattended by jobseekers in Uttoxeter.

Now ESCVS, while pledging to continue providing support, is drawing attention to the ‘valuable resource’ it runs.

ESCVS development officer Sally Walkley told the Advertiser the club has a ‘proven track record’ of helping people find work, education and training.

She said: “The last sessions we had, there were only two people in attendance.

“And we have had some sessions where no-one’s turned up at all.

“We’re used to getting double figures and we’re all very surprised at the fact that attendances are falling so dramatically.

“The sessions we run in Burton are always absolutely packed, which makes it all the more confusing.”

Ms Walkley said that, particularly since the Job Centre Plus service was pulled from Uttoxeter Library, the people of the town need the Work Club ‘more than ever’.

She said: “We provide free access to computers and can help people with searching for jobs online and writing an effective CV.

“We also keep people abreast of any opportunities to get into work, volunteering and training and education.

“Every session I have someone with me conducting interviews for voluntary work in the area.

“And we can help people’s interview technique by running mock interviews for anyone who wants them.”

The club is run largely on a voluntary basis and the fire station gives its facilities to the cause free of charge.

Ms Walkley said she would ‘welcome’ any additional donations from Uttoxeter businesses to help with costs.

The club runs on Fridays from 10.30am to noon and no appointment is needed.

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