Help with jobs, training and support
Published by Louise Manico for Plymouth Community Homes in Care and Support and also in Communities, Education, Universal Credit
Paul Parsons at St Aubyn Work Club
At least 20 people have found work after getting support from a work club run by Plymouth Community Homes and other organisations in Plymouth.
St Aubyn Work Club is based in St Aubyn Library, Devonport every Wednesday morning. It’s open to anyone looking for work, and people can get help searching for jobs, writing CVs, improving their interview skills or becoming self-employed.
Although the club is aimed at people looking for work, once someone has a job, they can still get support. This is particularly important as many jobs are now offered as temporary contracts.
Paul Parsons has been using the Work Club on and off since it started – he has had temporary jobs but kept in touch with the Work Club in the meantime. He said: “I’ve made friends here. I’m fairly independent, but it’s helpful to be able to get a second opinion from time to time when I’m doing things like writing my CV. It’s also useful to be able to use things like Universal Job Match. Because I’ve got a wide range of experience myself, I’m also able to help other people using the Work Club when it gets busy.
“The Work Club’s good for access to computers too. Although I can use the library computers, it’s limited to 2 hours a day, and even though I’ve got good computer skills, I haven’t got a computer at home.”
The club has just celebrated its first anniversary and it’s already tailored what it offers to the local community – it’s the only work club to provide a dedicated service for 18-24 year olds. So far, this service has had a 100% success rate of getting young people into work or work-specific training.
Someone from PCH is always available to give advice, and help is also on hand from agencies including Working Links, St Aubyn’s Church and Cornwall College.
Kate Conrad, the Project Co-ordinator, said: “153 people have attended St Aubyn Work Club over the past year, and at least 20 of those now have jobs. This is a partnership that means something, it’s not just a partnership on paper. This is the best partnership I’ve worked with, everyone has played their part.”