A group of church volunteers have launched a new ‘Jobs Club’ for people who are unemployed and find it difficult to get a job.
David Theobold and his team at West Suffolk Vineyard Church, in Out Westgate, Bury have set up a new initiative to help the less fortunate in society find work.
The church already runs a food bank, sending out 150-170 food bags a month to those in need, but David believes this ‘addresses a symptom of the problem rather than the cause’.
The Jobs Club aims to help those who are struggling to get a job by boosting their self esteem and confidence through help and support.
The club will provide training in CV writing, give people the chance to practise interviews and will help them during the interview process by providing a jacket or a blouse or a lift to the interview. Also, the group will support each person during the first month of their new job to ensure that they can continue to get to work.
The launch of the new club was held on Monday and was supported by the agencies the church works with, such as Job Centre Plus, the probation service and Julian Support. These agencies refer people to the church for food parcels and will now refer people to receive the employment support.
The church has always been involved in helping those ‘on the margins of society’.
David said: “The church was set up 15 years ago and one of our founding pastors always wanted to help the hungry and so people were invited to bring some food and share it among the community.
“Helping has always been a part of our DNA.”
The Jobs Club opened for the first time yesterday at 11am and will be open at the same time every Thursday for eight weeks.
There is an opportunity for people who want extra help to have a one-on-one session and receive personal training.