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Estate job club helps residents reach their potential
MORE than 100 job hunters in Wood Farm have been helped by a free employment advice service.
The Wood Farm Job Club was started in March to help estate residents reach their potential in the jobs market.
The service offers one-to-one sessions to give people advice on preparing a CV, where to look for jobs, and where to find education courses and volunteer opportunities.
Job Club co-ordinator Rosa Curness said: “It is aimed at residents living on Wood Farm and they can come for help with anything to do with employment.”
She said users included mums who were trying to find work after taking a break to have children and also people from other countries who did not understand the UK jobs market.
But she said help was available for any aspect of employment. She said: “I see myself as a conduit to support residents with whatever needs they turn up with.”
So far, six residents have found a job, thanks to the club which runs from The Slade and Headington Children’s Centre in Titup Hall Drive, Wood Farm.
Liz Brighouse, Oxfordshire County Council member for Churchill and Lye Valley, welcomed the work of the club.
She said: “It has done a lot of work in developing skills and confidence and in helping people to get jobs.”
The Labour councillor said the children’s centre offers a lot to families on the estate.
She said: “The children’s centre acts as a really good catalyst to bring in all sorts of services that support young families.”
The club is open at the children’s centre on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am to 3.30pm.
No appointment is necessary but to avoid waiting job seekers should contact 01865 764067 or 07934 100108 first.
The job club is managed by Oxford-based employment charity Aspire, which was the Guardian Charity of the Year last year.
The project is funded by Wood Farm Community Forum through grant cash from Oxfordshire County Council.