Drop-in-sessions ‘success’ in Hailsham

Dermot Clarke SUS-141203-153247001
Dermot Clarke SUS-141203-153247001
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Drop-in-sessions for people seeking employment in Hailsham have been hailed ‘a great success’ by Wealden District Council.

During the last eight weeks, employment surgeries have been offered at the new Job Centre Plus in Hailsham, which is based at the district council offices, by advisor Dermot Clarke.

Dozens of people have received help and guidance in the last two months and one person has already found employment.

Dermot said: “This has been a great start to the new initiative. I’ve been able to provide help and support to local residents without them having to travel. I see people who have heard about the Wealden drop-in service from Twitter, the Wealden website, providers and Jobcentre Plus. We have had other providers such as Homeworks on hand, who provided independent assistance with housing, and we are strengthening the links with the Hailsham and Heathfield Works schemes.”

The drop-in sessions take place on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am until 1pm in the public access area of the district council offices. Wealden residents aged 16 or over can discuss work and training opportunities, get advice about application forms, clarify the rules and conditions for claiming Jobseekers allowance, and find information on Jobcentre initiatives.

The initiative is one of a number being introduced by Wealden’s Community and Regeneration team to support local residents. Dermot now also runs a similar service at Uckfield Volunteer Centre on the last Thursday of each month from 1-4pm.

Cllr Roy Galley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration said: “It’s great that Wealden jobseekers are able to find out what jobs are available and to get professional help with their applications closer to home. It is also a great example of how Wealden District Council and its partners are working to increase prosperity in Wealden.”

Discussions are also taking place on rolling out similar outreach schemes throughout the district including holding sessions via Skype. Street Learning sessions will also start in the district from April. These are free training sessions at local venues offered in connection with Eastbourne Homes.