New job club hopes to make a difference in Brownsover

MHRA-21-08-13 Job Aug34,Centre co-ordinator Gita Natarajan, Rugby Mayor Cllr Tony Gillias, mayor's consort Jann Owen, project co-ordinator Stuart Bussey and children's centre manager Helen Miller
MHRA-21-08-13 Job Aug34,Centre co-ordinator Gita Natarajan, Rugby Mayor Cllr Tony Gillias, mayor's consort Jann Owen, project co-ordinator Stuart Bussey and children's centre manager Helen Miller
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A new club aims to help unemployed people in Brownsover back into work.

Brownsover Buddy Club opens its doors on Wednesday September 4 at the Children’s Centre in Wetherell Way, offering support and advice for jobseekers. Members can access the internet and receive help completing job application forms and writing CVs.

The club, the idea of Brownsover Community Association, meets every Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm and has secured support from Rugby Borough Council, Orbit Housing Group, Brownsover’s Christ Church, and Business in the Community.

Cllr Alan Webb, chairman of Brownsover Community Association, said: “The Buddy Club is all about helping to give people who live in Brownsover the best possible start in life.

“This is an ambitious project but hopefully it can make a real difference to people’s lives. It’s just one morning a week so far but hopefully as demand grows, the club can do.”

Volunteers at the buddy club have received advice and training from staff at the Benn Partnership Centre’s Work Club, which has been running successfully in Rugby since 2011.

At the Benn Partnership Centre’s Work Club there been a 26 per cent returned to permanent work success rate compared to a five per cent average return to employment ratio nationally.

Some 384 members have registered at the Work Club since August 2011, and people from more than 302 postcode aread around Rugby use the club. Over 47 per cent of registrants reside in social housing located in more deprived postcodes.

The average length of unemployment when joining is 18 months.