Life Leisure Job Club

Life Leisure’s weekly Job Club helps job seekers in Stockport to get back into work. The scheme aims to help people to boost their employment prospects and better access health and well-being facilities.

From the Avondale Centre, visitors can get advice and support from trained professionals. Help is provided for anyone that would like to learn more about CV writing, interview techniques and how to find and apply for jobs online.

Visitors are encouraged to use the on-site health and well-being facilities which include a sports hall, fitness suite and swimming pool.

The Job Club takes place every Friday between 10am and 12 noon and is run by Life Leisure volunteers. Organisations across the region have pledged their support to the scheme, and include Smart Works Manchester – a charity that helps prepare women for job interviews. Smart Works Manchester has promised to provide female Job Club participants with appropriate interview attire if they secure an interview.

This project is the first of further collaborative schemes likely to start in 2017. Through a collaboration with third sector organisations in the Stockport area, neighbouring communities will be able to access to greater health and well-being and educational resources.

Stockport Councillor Sheila Bailey has expressed her enthusiasm and backing for the scheme, commenting: “This initiative is a fantastic opportunity for people to access help and support while looking for employment. Not only does the Job Club offer opportunities to improve job hunting but also to get fit at the same time. Congratulations to Life Leisure for setting this up – another boost for Avondale as a real community asset”.

Stockport Homes has also agreed to help promote Job Club sessions to local residents who may benefit from the initiative.

Life Leisure CEO, Malcolm McPhail, said: “There should never be any stigma attached to job seeking but sadly, those who feel it most are often the individual’s actively searching employment. With the Avondale Job Club, we wanted to present an alternative avenue that might just help people feel more at ease, less embarrassed and also help promote well-being.”

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