???????????????????????????????????????????

How one job seeker volunteered to help others

The Allenton Big Local funded Job Club at Allen Park, delivered by Derby Adult Learning, is continuing to grow. On average, 14 people attend the club each week with a high proportion from the Allenton Big Local area.

The atmosphere within the Job Club is very friendly and the users help each other and share information about job opportunities. There is also a noticeboard in the centre’s reception area where current job vacancies are displayed and updated on a regular basis.

If you are looking for work or want to improve your career prospects, you are welcome to drop in for help and advice on creating or improving a CV, support with job applications and general careers advice.

The Job Club is run by Derby Adult Learning service and is held on Mondays (except Bank Holidays) between 9.30am and 4pm at the Allen Park Centre (next to Allenton Library).

How one Job Club member gave back to other job seekers

G was originally referred to Chris Walker by his Job Centre Plus advisor. Chris, who is a Careers Advisor and the Job Club Leader in Allenton, was asked to provide G with one-to-one career support to help him write a new CV. G had been made redundant and was looking for work in customer service or sales, especially in areas where his native language of German would be useful.

As Chris got to know G, it became apparent that he had become socially isolated through being unemployed and he was basically lonely. Chris told G about the weekly Job Club and he started to attend on a regular basis. G made friends at the Job Club and his visits gave Chris Walker the chance to get to know him better. G had studied psychology in Germany and was motivated to help people and he derived a great deal of satisfaction from making a difference.

G began to help other users of the Job Club with IT queries and Chris asked him if he wanted to volunteer as a support worker. G agreed to this, and Chris could see that the experience helped to improve G’s self-confidence, which had a positive effect on his approach to job searching. G felt that, at 61, his age was against him in the workplace but as time went on he started to get more interviews until finally he was able to secure full-time employment as a customer sales advisor for a furniture company that imported from Germany.

This is what G said about his experience of using the Job Club in Allenton:

“I feel the Job Club is vitally important as it gives the job seekers a social gathering point and a purpose which they otherwise might lack. Volunteering for the Job Club was a stepping stone for change of career direction and gave me the feeling I was not alone looking for work.”