Helping Bideford with a new Work Hub

Posted on: 30 April 2018

Leading south west housing provider Liverty, who have nearly 300 homes in Bideford and the surrounding area, has joined forces with other local organisations and charities to create a new and much needed Work Hub for the Bideford community.

The recent closure of facilities in the area has seen an increased need for a Work hub and a £4,000 investment from Liverty will help support the first six months of the project. Bideford Work Hub is a drop in support service for people who are seeking work, for over 16 ‘s who are claiming benefit or not on benefit. It will offer a friendly face, a cup of tea, gentle guidance and expert help. The Work hub will run every Wednesday from 10 -1pm at Bideford Library.

Important local community organisations including Devon County Council’s adult education service, Learn Devon, Libraries Unlimited, CSW Group, Cosmic, PLUSS, IntraG8, JCP and representatives from Department of Work and Pensions have all been involved to get the service up and running and are committed to making it a success for the people of Bideford and the surrounding areas.

Alison Knight, Community Development Worker from Liverty said: “As a large provider of homes in the area we want to increase the access to opportunities and employability services for Liverty customers and the wider community. This service is available to anyone over 16 who is looking for work, however in addition, Liverty customers will be able to access ongoing 121 support and can apply for bursaries to help them further.”

The service will run with a co-ordinator supported by a rota of professionals from the partner organisations. In time the project will look at recruiting volunteers to support it.

Colin Bray, Libraries Unlimited said: “We are delighted that this will be adding value to the existing library offer. This service will help people with Work searches, Work applications, CV’s, covering letters, support development of IT skills and linking people with other organisations for training, learning and volunteering opportunities.”

Felicity Bright from CSW Group said: “This new provision with be an ideal support for unemployed people of any age, and CSW will be encouraging the young people we work with, to attend this relaxed and approachable setting for practical help and support”

Learn Devon has already provided training in the form of a free workshop on Universal Work Match for Hub volunteers and a Code of Conduct agreement to be used by the Hub Co-ordinator and volunteers. Learn Devon will also provide resources that will be available to participants such as CV and covering letter templates and guides, employability support and information about training.

“One of our key priorities is supporting the residents of Devon to learn the skills they need to improve their lives so they can be independent and economically active. By supporting this service, we can help prepare individuals for the workplace, and provide support with moving on to further training, employment or self-employment.