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Uttoxeter work club gains five years lottery funding support

07/03/14 Star Volunteer Awards
ESCVS Star Awards - Ashfield House.L-R: Phil Pusey, Steve Tallett, Julie Tibbitts, Dept Mayoress - Liz Lees, Dept Mayor of ESBC Cllr David Lees, William Saunders, Gwen Foster, Hugh Clarke

07/03/14 Star Volunteer Awards ESCVS Star Awards - Ashfield House.L-R: Phil Pusey, Steve Tallett, Julie Tibbitts, Dept Mayoress - Liz Lees, Dept Mayor of ESBC Cllr David Lees, William Saunders, Gwen Foster, Hugh Clarke

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A WORK club helping unemployed Uttoxeter people to find jobs has been successful in securing five years worth of funding from a lottery pot.

East Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Service (ESCVS) has been successful in securing five years funding from the Big Lottery to launch a new initiative called Let’s get Going.

The project is designed to improve the life chances of residents in East Staffordshire by offering two weekly work clubs, run by Jo Whittle, designed to help and support the unemployed back into work, volunteering or additional learning.

Mrs Whittle, work club co-ordinator, said: “It’s great that we’ve managed to secure the funding as this service has helped many Uttoxeter unemployed people to get back into work.”

The purpose of the work club is to offer help and support in CV writing, job search, filling in application forms, letter writing and interview skills.

The work club is open to everyone on a ‘drop in’ basis on Fridays from 10.30am – 12.00pm at Uttoxeter Community Fire Station, in Cheadle Road.

Mrs Whittle added: “The work club is free to attend and is a very informal, relaxed environment to meet people over a cup of coffee and be able to use a computer free of charge to look and apply for work.

“We have friendly, patient staff and volunteers on hand to help when needed.

“The second opportunity under this new initiative, led by Sue Dallison, enables individuals who lack confidence to become a volunteer in the community.

“Extra help, guidance and support will be given to individuals and huge rewards can be made by making new friends, learning new skills and building confidence whilst being a volunteer.”

Further information regarding volunteering or the work clubs is available by contacting Sue Dallison on 01283 543414 or Jo Whittle on 01283 543414. Alternatively, anyone is welcome to drop into one of the work clubs and have a chat.

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