100 appointments boost careers in Torbay
Published by Sophie Willett for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities
Local resident receiving IT support from Sanctuary's Steven Gratton
A job club in Torbay is brightening the future of out of work residents, thanks to a generous 6 month funding partnership from Sanctuary Housing.
Weekly ‘walk in’ workshops, organised by I Can Do That!, are helping out of work residents back on their feet with assisted job search and detailed IT training.
So far, over 100 appointments with fully qualified advisors have been held for local job-seekers – so whether a CV requires a much-needed face lift or interview techniques need brushing up, advisors are on hand every step of the way.
The work club runs three times a week in the Torbay area between 9:30am to 3:30pm on a drop-in basis – starting at the Foxhole Community Centre, every Monday, the Acorn Centre, every Tuesday and finishing off at Hele’s Angels Community Shop, every Wednesday. The unique service is open to all Torbay residents.
Lynda Wheeler, from I Can Do That!, said: “Our team of staff are thrilled at the achievement of our drop-in workshop and we are looking forward to helping lots more people back to work with the free information, advice and guidance our advisors are providing.
“I Can Do That! has been operating for over two years now and thanks to donations received from Sanctuary, we are able to continue to offer the holistic service to local residents.”
Molly Holmes, Sanctuary’s head of local partnerships, added: “I Can Do That! is very well known in the local area for helping others to help themselves. The employment workshops they are delivering are a really valuable resource and it’s fantastic that we are supporting their goal to reach as many of the local population, including our residents, as possible.”
Sanctuary has provided over £10,000 in funding over a six month period to I Can Do That! to help ensure the community group continues to offer a valuable service to local residents.
I Can Do That! was formed in May 2011 and has helped over 2,500 customers, aged between 19 and 82 years old, with approximately 500 going into work and 1,500 going into training or voluntary work.