New centre to help city’s unemployed

Ripon Salvation Army is opening a new centre to help people who are unemployed.

The new Employment and Resource Centre (ERC) will open its doors on Friday June 15 , operating as a drop-in centre between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Taking place at the Salvation Army’s hall on Lead Lane it will offer a free service providing informal and confidential advice to job seekers over a cup of tea or coffee.

The ERC aims to help in job searches, preparing CVs, covering letters and application forms. It will also be able give advice on things such as travel information, interviews etc.

Facilities at the centre include six laptops and a printer. The latest vacancies will be on display and it is hoped local employers will use the centre to advertise for staff.

The project has been recognised by other agencies and statutory bodies which means the team are able to pass jobseekers on for help with key skills such as literacy, numeracy and IT. Assessment and training will be provided by NYCC at Ripon Community House.

The ERC will be managed by Pat Clark of Ripon Salvation Army. John Bowman from Ripon Community Link will be there to give specialist advice for clients with learning disabilities.

There are opportunities for volunteers to become involved in the project in either technical, advisory or welcoming roles. Pat Clark said: “This is an exciting opportunity to provide much needed help and encouragement for the unemployed of Ripon without the need to travel to Harrogate”.

Contact Pat on 01765 692657 or e-mail pat.clark@salvationarmy.org.uk.