A Mayday call to Rugby’s jobless

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DESPITE unemployment figures being on the rise, one Rugby charity is insisting it’s not all doom and gloom.

The Mayday Trust is based in Albert Street and has been fighting the statistics by helping people get back into the workplace or getting into employment for the first time.

Anna Gillespie is Mayday’s director of business development. She said: “There are jobs out there and we’re helping people to not only find them but secure the positions too.

In the last year, Mayday supported over 200 people across the region, helping them into employment, training or voluntary work. Some 70 of those were able to find jobs, 93 got into training schemes and the other 52 found voluntary placements to help gain experience.

Anna added: “Mayday supports a diverse range of people and it is important to us that we assist them on their route to employment and training in the best possible way for them as individuals.

“The support can take a variety of forms such as community job clubs, helping build CVs, or providing access to online facilities. Many of the people we help into work are young people achieving their first start in the world of work”

Mayday has been supporting people for over 30 years and Robert Greaves from Rugby is just one of its many success stories.

Robert , 30, has learning difficulties and was determined that would not prove an obstacle to him. Having arrived at Mayday in 2002, Robert received support with his daily living skills and health with the ultimate goal of becoming more independent so that he could find work.

Robert said: “When I lived at home, my parents helped me learn how to do lots of things. I still wanted to be more independent so, as a family, we decided that I should try and move out.”

Support workers at Mayday helped with his application form and paved the way to Robert securing a job by preparing him for interview with techniques and the type of questions he could expect and continuing the support once he secured work.

Robert added: “It’s one of my proudest achievements that, with help from Mayday, I managed to find work as a checkout operator with Tesco and have now been there six years. I love my job and have made great friends at work. Living and working with people at Mayday Trust has been brilliant and changed my life.”

Mayday senior project worker, Daniel Dunne, said: “Robert has benefited greatly from finding employment and it’s fantastic to see the benefits to their lives every time we help someone into work or training.”