Another job hub to open!

    Another job hub to open!

    Another job hub to open!

    Wednesday 05 October 2016

    A fourth job hub is opening in West Somerset this month following the success of similar initiatives in the district – and it’s perfectly placed to maximise opportunities offered by the Hinkley Point C new nuclear development.

    It is due to open in Stogursey to ensure that people in the Quantock Vale area are able to access support towards finding work. Valued volunteers have offered their time to provide the community-led service.

    Hubs are operating in Williton, Minehead and Watchet, providing valuable support and practical advice to local people looking for employment, a new career or setting up their own business.

    The Stogursey venture, called The Well, is opening in The Church Rooms, in the village on Wednesday October 19 and will run on a fortnightly basis on a Wednesday morning.

    Staff will help with on-line job applications, polishing interview skills, provide advice in writing or updating CVs for those who are thinking about moving jobs, gain work or those who have never had a CV.

    Applicants can also use the available computers or chat about the possibilities of starting their own business. There will also be the opportunity to be referred to specialist organisations providing opportunities for training, benefit problems and debt assistance.

    The hub will be working in partnership with West Somerset Advice Service to assist the Quantock Vale community with access to free confidential support on a wide range of information and advice including:  -

    • financial advice
    • housing 
    • benefits
    • home & care 
    • consumer issues 
    • pensions 
    • energy & bills

    The hub aims to create a relaxed, informal atmosphere where people can get the information they need - plus cuppa and a chat!

    Cllr Sue Goss, ward member for Quantock Vale area, said: “This will be an invaluable asset to local residents seeking to find employment both at Hinkley and elsewhere. I am proud to be associated with this project and really pleased that after my initial request for its existence that this has now come to fruition.”

    Cllr Karen Mills, Lead Member for Economic Regeneration and Tourism, said: “In light of the recent Hinkley Point C decision this is perfect timing; it is crucial that local people have the opportunity to gain support towards the world of work and information via the West Somerset Advice Service.

    “The evidence is already apparent with the success of the existing West Somerset Community Employment Hubs. I have been overwhelmed by the valued volunteers who give their time and incredibly impressed with the positivity from the clients who attend. The Stogursey hub will be a real asset to the Quantock Vale area.”

    West Somerset Council co-ordinated an Employment and Skills group to develop the initiative of the Community Employment Hubs and gained funds to support and implement their work through; My Community, Department of Work and Pensions and the Union Learn Project (UCATT, the union for workers in the construction industry).

    The project is supported by the Hinkley Point C Community Impact Mitigation fund to develop and sustain the employment hub network within West Somerset.

    If you wish to volunteer at the hubs please get in touch. For further information please contact Colleen Blake:


    Attached is a photo of Stogursey Community hub at the Church Rooms,  ready for opening (hub 1) and (hub 2)  Carol Woods (volunteer) Jenny Ody (volunteer) Cllr Sue Goss ( instigator of Stogursey Hub) Sophie Pell (union Learn Project) who supported the resources for the hub.


    Debbie Rundle, on behalf of West Somerset Council,01984 635280 or 01823 356407 or 07714 759899 email