The programme ran over three days between 29-31 October with a separate session on each day between 10-3pm. The sessions covered Music and Poetry, Creating a textile banner and Halloween Crafts. We took a different approach to the marketing and bookings by going along to each of the local primary schools and physically handing out leaflets to parents and taking bookings through a dedicated phone and email address, as well as directly through the Chatterbox Cafe, rather than using Eventbrite. This increased the coverage and take up.
Each day was very well attended and over the three days some 99 children took part, with some attending multiple days. There were some excellent outcomes and some of these could form part of the ABL legacy. For example, the textile banner is to be displayed at St Martin’s Church and a moving poem, created by the children will be read out at the AGM.
Attendance definitely attracted the intended families and there were some new families in the area who came from different Ethnic backgrounds. Some parents came with a key worker and some returned having attended in the summer.
The offer of free lunches again proved popular and the take up of these exceeded the intended budget by a handful. We are grateful to ABL for picking up the cost of these.
The Work Club continues to offer support to an average of 12 people every Monday at Allen Park. The club is funded by Allenton Big Local and delivered by Derby Adult Learning and offers a range of support to job seekers and those looking to improve their career prospects.
Chris, who runs the Work Club, said: “Most of the people drop in and stay for around an hour. They take part in a mixture of self-directed job search, mediated help to apply for jobs and information and guidance.”
During the last quarter of 2017, some of the longer term job seekers managed to find employment, including a gentleman who had suffered anxiety and lack of confidence for some time. With help and perseverance he has managed to secure a permanent position at Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium. Continue reading Interview success for Work Club members
Allenton Big Local funds a Job Club at the Allen Park Centre in Allenton, which is run by Derby Adult Learning Service and held every Monday between 9.30am and 4pm (except for Bank Holidays).
Since September 2016, the club has been run by Chris who is a fully, qualified Careers Advisor and part of the Careers@Derby team with many year’s experience of working with job seekers in community settings and job centres, as well as at the Careers@Derby Centre in Curzon Street. Continue reading A helping hand for job seekers
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. Continue reading How one job seeker volunteered to help others
Paul was referred to the Work Club by his Job Centre Plus Advisor after being made redundant from his job as a mechanical fitter. His IT capability was low, he didn’t have a current CV and being made redundant had affected his confidence in his own abilities.
Chris at the Allenton Work Club was able to work with Paul to create a CV that enabled him to market his skills and knowledge effectively, which also increased his confidence. Continue reading Paul gets help from the Work Club