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WorkCare Access to Volunteering and Employment: Helping North Warwickshire People Back to Work

Job seekers are finding a local group is helping them back into employment.

Wave (WorkCare Access to Volunteering and Employment) is finding that more people they are helping with their CVs are being successful at job interviews.

Funded by the European Social Fund and the Garfield Weston Foundation, WAVE holds drop in sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire, at the bottom of Long Street in Atherstone. Job seekers get a warm welcome as well as practical support in compiling their CV, hints and tips for interviews and information, advice and guidance on courses and training.

One person who’s benefited is Dordon resident Jean Jeffries who attended the Work Club for help with making her CV a ‘real hit’.  Jean was already an office volunteer at the Volunteer Centre, but recently started volunteering in the White Hart Tea Room, project where volunteers bake cakes and serve customers in a small tea room in the centre.  As well as developing her customer service and baking skills, Jean also gained a Level Two food safety and hygiene for catering certificate.

Jean’s hard work and commitment has finally paid off as she’s now employed by Pooley Country Park where she works part-time in the café.  Jean said “As a result of attending WAVE and volunteering I now have a part-time job.”

Jean thanked the team at WAVE saying “They helped me develop my interview skills as I had been unable to work full-time, due to medical issues.  As a result of the team’s friendly manner I felt comfortable and therefore built my confidence.”

Kay Aldersley, WorkCare Development Officer said “The Volunteer Centre is a great place to hold our WAVE sessions.  For many job seekers who have not worked for some time or want to try something ‘new’, volunteering gives them  a great opportunity.  Volunteers are well supported and working with others increases self-esteem and confidence.”
If you need help with you CV pop down to the Volunteer Centre. WAVE takes place on Mondays from 1.30pm – 3.00pm and Tuesdays from 10.00am – 12noon.

Kay added “As well as help with unemployment ‘drops out’ and many other issues and concerns, WorkCare is pleased to have a CAB Advisor at our Tuesday sessions.  So if people have concerns about debt or whether they are getting the correct level of benefits, we can help there too”.  For more information about WAVE please contact Kay on 024 7636 2995 or email mailto:kay.aldersley@btinternet.com


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