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Riverside work club comes to Palace Fields


Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Communities and also in Education, Housing

Halton Brook’s Rebecca Parkinson sewing the seeds of a new business venture Halton Brook’s Rebecca Parkinson sewing the seeds of a new business venture

Following the success of the Halton Brook work club a similar service is set to start in Palace Fields, Runcorn, to help people access employment and training opportunities.

Social landlord, Riverside, has contributed £1,740 towards the weekly service which starts on Wednesday 7 May, 3.30-5.30pm, at Palace Fields Community Centre.

Residents will have free internet access and support from Halton Employment Partnership in how to search for jobs, change careers, identify skills, as well as advice on access to education and training.

Vanessa Shaw is Riverside’s community engagement officer in Halton.  She said:  “The Halton Brook work club is a real success story.  We have new members joining us every week.  Many people still do not have online access at home and they struggle to get online at libraries, because of costs and high demand.”

Rebecca Parkinson, 31, from Halton Brook, visited the local job club and is now planning to start her own sewing business.  She said:  “I wasn’t sure who to speak to but Vanessa and the agencies I met at the work club were really helpful.  I’m now busy developing my website and searching for funding.”

Riverside is offering a similar service in the in the heart of the Palace Fields community to help people update their IT skills, and find out more about the best routes to employment.

Vanessa added:  “We’re hoping to encourage a community spirit, as well as the chance to meet local employers recruiting in the area." 

Riverside is also looking for digital champions to help people develop their IT skills at community venues across Merseyside and Halton.

“You don’t have to be a computer whizz kid,” said Vanessa,” just someone who uses the internet regularly and can share skills with others.  We provide training, so it’s a great way to gain a qualification and help people with digital literacy.  It’s also a good way to boost your own confidence and improve your job prospects.”  

For more information contact Vanessa Shaw on: 07527382946 or


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