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Haltwhistle Unemployment Support Group

Tel: 01670 517178Web:http://www.ca-north.org.uk/can-services/haltwhistle-unemployment-support-groupsEmail: juliaplinston@ca-north.org.uk

Haltwhistle Unemployment Support Group

West Northumberland Community Buildings Consortium and Community Action Northumberland are pleased to announce the launch of their new Unemployment Support Group for Haltwhistle. This pilot project aims to test out a new approach to helping unemployed or economically inactive people living in rural unemployment hotspots to overcome the multiple barriers that hinder them in progressing towards participation in the labour market. Participants will be offered the chance to join an informal support group, meeting once a week in a local Community Centre, where they can meet other people for peer support in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoy a simple lunch, use on-line job search facilities and access one to one support to help them move towards employment. The activities offered will be designed as a gentle introduction to job search for those who have difficulty accessing main stream provision. Areas covered could include personal development, online job searching, writing CVs, preparation for interview, and core work skills such as communication, IT and numeracy. Participants will be encouraged to move on to volunteering, further training or into employment as best fits the individual’s needs. The 6 month pilot project, which will run every Thursday from Haltwhistle Leisure and Swimming Centre, is set to be launched in early January 2015. Project participants must: · Be unemployed or economically inactive at the time of joining the project* · Be aged 19 or over · Not currently be participating in any other ESF funded or mainstream programmes (eg Work Programme). Within this target group priority will be given to the hardest to reach groups such as people with disabilities and health conditions, lone parents, people aged 50 and over and people from ethnic minorities. Unemployed people can self refer to the project and we will also accept referrals from a wide range of agencies to ensure we reach as many potential beneficiaries as possible. When a referral is received, a member of CAN staff will meet the potential participant to discuss their hopes and needs and agree whether the project is right for them. Together they will agree a programme of activities tailored to the individual’s needs. Participation in the project can help people demonstrate that they are carrying out the job search activities required to access job seekers benefits, but participation is entirely voluntary and no-one will face sanctions if they choose not to join the group. Help is available with travel expenses for participants.