“At the beginning of 2009 I was made redundant. As the weeks went by the battle of finding a job, together with increasing financial pressure, became soul destroying and employment seemed a distant prospect. I was shown an advertisement in my local paper for the Edenbridge Job Club inviting jobseekers in the community to come together and hopefully find work by offering help on a variety of issues like computer skills, CV writing and interview techniques. I soon discovered that Job Club was more than getting people back to work, it addressed many issues faced by the unemployed. They arranged for expert speakers to come in and provide guidance in areas such as benefits, debt, volunteering opportunities and help in starting your own business. Job Club also gave people a chance to interact, provide an insight from their own experiences and in doing so produced new ideas that could be adapted to job searches and applications. I soon found myself sharing my skills and advising others. Job Club not only gave me the opportunity to help others but also to help myself. I regained confidence and this confidence would then be carried through into interviews. Job Club has been a helping hand in assisting me to find employment” Bryan, Edenbridge
“I have recently attended the Oxted job club and find the service to be very beneficial, I have been told that a new club has been set up in Caterham for which I have been sent details and asked if I would like to attend both Oxted and Caterham as they are run on different days.
These valuable job clubs being set up are needed in this difficult jobs climate today.
Looking for work after redundancy or job loss or if you are new to the jobs market can have a big impact on peoples lives, money worries, social worries, loneliness and not sure who to turn to.
The government job centers are poor offering little to no resources, the work-program set up by government are failing the UK from my experience. Staff offer little advice and often the organizations that have been agreed by government to run the work program do not care, have little idea about job seeking and the impact it has on peoples lives. They seem to be their to make some easy money from Tax payers and EU and do not do what they are set up for.
From my experience of the Oxted GB club and what I have read online the GB job clubs are a vital life line for many people, if only more people are aware about the services and give it a chance they will realise that it is not like the government programs and offer good level of advice and a listening ear.
I would like to thank all the people involved in the GB job clubs and by working with the Oxted and Caterham job clubs I can start to turn my life around and get back into full time employment, and by being in work it can have a positive impact on other aspects of my life.