National recognition for Glenorchy project that helps jobseekers

05 July 2014

A community project that seeks to support jobseekers has announced it's won a prestigious national award for the work it undertakes in Exmouth. Glenorchy Work Club, which has operated from Glenorchy United Reformed Church since 2011, confirmed it has received a Community Project Award and the top prize money of £3,500 for its vital work.

The Work Club aims to support and build the confidence of unemployed people within the Exmouth area. This covers every aspect of their job search, including help preparing their CV's, offering basic computer training for those who need it, as well as advertising local job vacancies.

Attendance at the Work Club averages between 40 and 50 each week, from a wide cross section of the local community. To date, more than 120 people have gained work, thanks to the support and dedication of the project volunteers.

The Revd Robert Jennings, chair of the steering group, was presented with the award at the United Reformed Church General Assembly held in Cardiff on Saturday 5 July, and he also accepted a cheque for £3,500 prize money which will help the centre to continue its vital work.

Peter said: "We're thrilled to have been selected as this year's winner and are delighted that our work with unemployed people in Exmouth has been recognised on a national level.

"Successfully supporting people back to employment makes a real difference to their lives and not only financially. Being in work restores confidence and gives people a sense of pride in themselves."

"We'll use the prize money to buy additional equipment and to help any clients who are struggling to pay their travel costs to attend job interviews."

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager of Congregational & General Insurance, the sponsors of the Community Project Awards, said: "The Glenorchy Work Club is a fantastic locally driven project that clearly has a life-changing impact on the people it serves."

"This project is held in very high esteem by local agencies for the work undertaken and we're confident that the prize fund will be put to good use. The Work Club has seen many people return to employment over the past 3 years and we look forward to hearing of many more in years to come."