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Bank helps give job club a boost
A CLUB which helps unemployed adults find work has been relaunched as it approaches its first anniversary.
The New College Job Club, which was established in 2011 and is run by three volunteers, is a free service offering help with CV writing, finding job vacancies, reviewing job sites, completing job applications and preparing for interviews.
Now the club has moved into a larger room in the college and has also received £500 worth of equipment from Barclays, which includes a new printer, a mobile phone and stationery.
Jo Tomlinson, the club’s facilitator, said: “We just wanted to revive it a bit. We moved rooms and because of Barclays’ sponsorship we were able to get this new equipment. “And we wanted to create a bit of publicity for it and awareness in Swindon.
“I think people often think, because it’s in the college, it’s for younger people and ex-students but it’s open to all people, young and old.
“In the old room people would come in and use the computer, they wouldn’t be able to print anything, wouldn’t be able to phone potential employers about the jobs.
“Now they have got all the facilities they can use to apply for jobs by phone, by email or just post.”
The club has about 10 people attending each week, ranging from those who come once or twice for help to apply for a specific job, to the long-term unemployed who need more regular help. The college works alongside the Job Centre and the Shaw Trust to offer support to people over the age of 19 .
Clive Ashby, 49, of Marlborough Park, who has not worked for more than 10 years, uses the facilities and help provided to apply for labouring and painting and decorating jobs.
He said: “I have been coming here about four weeks now. I was very sick for a lot of years with alcohol problems and when I had a medical they stopped my sickness benefit, so now I come here to try to get my CV together.
“I never had a CV, I never had a computer. So it’s mainly to get me back into looking for work. I definitely find the club useful. I haven’t got a clue about computers.”
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson said: “I met Barclays and discussed their community funds. It was clear this was a fantastic opportunity for them to help and they’ve purchased a lot of equipment that will make a real, tangible difference.”
The club runs every Friday from 10am to noon, and no booking is necessary.Call 01793 732892 or email email@example.com.
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