Community Employment Hubs have been set up in communities across West Somerset and volunteers have been recruited to support running the groups. They offer support in CV writing, job applications, interview preparation and a relaxed environment to have a cuppa and a chat.
A successful application was made to the Hinkley Point C Community Impact Mitigation (CIM) fund to support the hub project and to employ a ‘hub development officer’ as to support the hubs.
Over the next two years the project aims to help more communities to set up their own employment hubs, creating a network across West Somerset. The project will focus on strengthening links with local employers to create learning opportunities tailored to local need, increase peoples chances of finding work locally and helping the hubs to continue to support their communities into the future.
As a result of the Hinkley Point C CIM funding the new hub development officer, Colleen Blake has worked with the community to open a new hub in the Stogursey and the Quantock Vale area.
Cllr Sue Goss, local ward member, said: “I was absolutely blown away about the opening at Stogursey - obviously there is a real need in the area for such a facility. Well done to all concerned. I would personally like to thank Colleen, the hub development officer, for all her hard work in getting this scheme off the ground, and Stogursey Parish Church Council for allocating the space for this welcome service.
Stogursey and the Quantock Vale Community Employment and Advice Hub opened on last month and will run on Wednesdays fortnightly 9:30am – 12 noon at The Church Rooms, Castle Street, Stogursey.
For more information on the Hinkley Point C CIM Fund and to find out if your project may be eligible to apply for funding visit www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk/CIM
Photo: Colleen Blake (right) with volunteers at the Stogursey job hub
Note to editors: The Hinkley Point C Community Impact Mitigation Fund was negotiated with EDF Energy as part of a wider mitigation package for the site preparation works at Hinkley Point.
£7.2m has been made available for community projects in Somerset (and in particular West Somerset and Sedgemoor) that aim to alleviate social, environmental or economic impacts of the Hinkley Point C development.
To be considered for funding projects must be relevant and related to the impacts of the development and seek to improve the social, environmental or economic wellbeing of communities. Projects that seek to help communities harness the positive opportunities offered by the Hinkley Point C development may also be considered.
For more information on the CIM Fund and to find out if your project may be eligible to apply for funding visit www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk/CIM
Debbie Rundle, on behalf of West Somerset Council,01984 635280 or 01823 356407 or 07714 759899 email email@example.com