Norwich church runs weekly job club
A Norwich Job Club offers friendship, peer support and community to local people seeking employment and it is based at a local church.
Every Tuesday morning, a church on the edge of Norwich city centre opens its doors to people seeking employment. Laptops are set up, coffee is brewing and a team of skilled staff and volunteers are ready to welcome members to the building.
The Job Club, based at Surrey Chapel (Anglia Square, NR3 1DU) is run in partnership with the national charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP). It offers small group courses and 1-1 coaching to people who are unemployed or looking for a new role. Some members stay for a few weeks, while others remain in contact for several years - and the Job Club is flexible enough to accommodate both.
‘We meet people where they are,’ explains Dawn Arden, Job Club manager. ‘Some people just need help revamping their CV, others need to learn how to use a computer and make online applications. Some of our members are long-term unemployed, and need somewhere safe, encouraging and committed to rebuild their confidence and motivation.’
A new course starts on Tuesday 7th December and the volunteers from Surrey Chapel, as well as the current members, are keen to share what the club means to them - and it’s so much more than somewhere to simply search for a job.
‘You should have seen how I was when I started,’ comments Chaz. ‘I’ve come here for a couple of years. They are so helpful and it’s been fantastic. Bryan (one of the club volunteers) even came with me to a job interview. Now I volunteer in a bike shop, and when I retire next year, I’m going to carry on because I love it there.’
Janet agrees: ‘It’s about more than just looking for a job. It’s about building relationships, having that support when you don’t know what to look for. You know the others here are cheering you on a bit. That’s community.’
After the Job Club ends, the group shares a free lunch together. ‘It’s great to see how Job Club members support each other, take an interest in each other’s lives and develop a sense of belonging,’ says Gary Ryan, Centre Manager. ‘We’d love to welcome more people to join us as we start our next course in December.’
For more information, or to sign up for the next course, please contact Dawn Arden, Job Club manager on firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured: Sally works on her CV with support from Dawn (Job Club Manager)