Mark to visit St Matthews Work Club

(June 05, 2014)

 Mark Hendrick will be visiting St Matthew’s Work Club on Friday 6th June 2014 to see the work being carried out by the staff, volunteers and job seekers who use the service.

The St Matthews Work Club is a free service which assists jobseekers in finding work by offering personalised help according to individual training needs and access to computers to improve skills and complete job applications online. The Work Club meets every Monday afternoon from 1-3.30pm at the St Matthew’s Mission on Acregate Lane and can be used by anyone not in employment, education or training.

The Work Club has successfully been running for around two years and from two or three clients a week, its weekly session now attracts around fifteen jobseekers.  A number of users have successfully secured employment as a direct result of their activities at the Work Club. It currently has a number of laptops and a printer for job seekers to use to help with their job seeking activities.

Job seekers are instructed on how to use the online facilities and given assistance with setting up e-mail accounts and accessing Universal Job Match – the Job Centre’s online job search facility.  Volunteers can also help with writing or updating CV’s, completing application forms and practicing interview skills techniques.

St Matthews is one of 13 Work Clubs in Preston for Job Seekers with others being held in various venues across the city including the Harris Museum, the Pukar Centre and the Salvation Army.

Volunteers work in partnership with the Preston Job Centre, Preston College, Lancashire Adult Learning College and the Preston City Council’s Community Engagement Officer.

Mark said: “I am looking forward to seeing the very valuable work that staff and volunteers are doing in St Matthews at the Mission to help job seekers train up and find work opportunities, especially since now successful job seeking relies on the use of internet and information technology.  The skills gained here will be very useful going into any job and will equip these individuals with an increased level of confidence, skills and knowledge that they can utilise elsewhere.

Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Inclusion, Councillor Matthew Brown, said: “It is great news that MP Mark Hendrick will be visiting the St Matthews Mission work club this Friday. The club volunteers have worked tirelessly since setting up in April 2012 to provide support to people to find employment.

“This visit is an acknowledgement of all the hard work volunteers do in work clubs across Preston not just at St Matthews Mission.

“As an authority we will continue to work with the community to ensure we respond as positively as we can to assist people who have been affected by the recent economic crisis.  As well as helping people into work we will continue to look to improve the supply of affordable housing, establish a new credit union and promote the living wage across Preston."

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