Camberley Job Club
Camberley Job Club opened its doors at The Camberley Working Mens Club in May 2012 with an opening by the then Mayor of Surrey Heath, Councillor Tim Dodds. The Club is supported by Surrey County Council and Surrey Heath Council.
The club is run by Murray Rowlands, the chairman of the Surrey Labour Party. Read his assessment of local youth unemployment here.
Since opening the club has assisted around 50 young people in the 16 to 24 age group. (There are currently 400 in this age group unemployed in Camberley). We work closely with Surrey Heath Job Centre plus who refer young people to us. With them we work on their CVs, covering letters, interview techniques and in our purpose fitted room at that club use our computers to point them towards suitable jobs.
With some of the people we see being out of work for many months our counselling seeks to rebuild the confidence needed for job search. Much of our work is on a one to one basis. We have had a number of specialist sessions on aspects of employment and particular types of jobs such as retailing. We are planning special sessions on setting up a new business and going into engineering.
It is also planned that we will offer assistance to people outside the 16 to 24 age group.
The initial grant we received from Surrey County Council will shortly run out. Our 7 volunteers demand little and we are not even able to pay expenses. Any help from other bodies would be gratefully received. A grant of about £1000 would enable us to continue to the end of the year.
What the grant would be used for:
1. Publicity material to make unemployed people in the Fuel Allotments Area aware of the service we offer
2. The provision of training and educational materials to use with our clients
3. Payment of minimal expenses for the staff working at The Job Club
4. If necessary payment of well briefed professionals to outline career opportunities