Work club celebrates five years of helping town's unemployed

PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 September 2016

Tony Collins, getting computer training at Glenorchy Work Club

Tony Collins, getting computer training at Glenorchy Work Club

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A club set up to help the unemployed in Exmouth is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Glenorchy Work Club was launched in 2011, three years after Exmouth’s job centre closed, to help people apply for jobs and show them how to get access to training.

The club, based at Glenorchy Church, Exeter Road, has since had more than 8,000 visits and helped more than 1,000 look for work.

Club coordinator Simon Skidmore, who has been involved with the club since January 2014, believes these figures show there is a need for the club in the town.

He said: “It’s sometimes difficult to tell how well we’re doing because we don’t hold people accountable. But we do find out through word of mouth.”

The club was formed when members of the United Reformed Church, in Salterton Road, decided something was needed to help the community. “The job centre went in 2008, so there was no facility for job searching, or guidance for people looking for work,” Simon added.

Tony Collins, of Withycombe Village Road, who has been receiving help from the club since July last year, said: “I cannot say enough about what they have done for me – they always have time for you.”

Bill Reid, who was made redundant after 16 years, has just got a job with CJB Fruit and Veg - thanks to the club.

He said redundancy did not have to be the end of the world.

“It’s a chance for a new beginning, but you have to be open to retraining,” he added.

The club is open every Thursday, at Glenorchy Church, from 9.15am to 12.15am.

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