Charity working for local job seekers

Brian Givans, Newtownabbey Job Club Coach, Emma Jackson, CAP Area Manager, Heather Carson, Shankill Job Club Manager, Deirdre Givans, Newtownabbey Job Club Manager, Dave Savage, Finaghy Job Club Manager.
Brian Givans, Newtownabbey Job Club Coach, Emma Jackson, CAP Area Manager, Heather Carson, Shankill Job Club Manager, Deirdre Givans, Newtownabbey Job Club Manager, Dave Savage, Finaghy Job Club Manager.

The charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) are celebrating incredible success as eight out of the nine Job Clubs in Northern Ireland helped members to find work at the beginning of March.

Clubs in Newtownabbey, Portadown, Coleraine, Carrickfergus and four groups based in Belfast, all saw at least one member return to work after completing the Steps to Employment course ran by the groups.

Deirdre Givans, Manager of the Newtownabbey Club based in Carmoney Presbyterian Church said: “When it comes to job hunting, having the right tools and techniques up your sleeve can really improve your chances in finding work.

“We provide a unique personal service, which gives people both practical and emotional support. And we work really hard to help members find work.”

CAP Job Clubs work with individuals to meet their personal needs. Sessions cover practical topics such as identifying strengths, CV writing and interview techniques.

Staff, who have all been trained, can provide assistance in filling out daunting application forms, volunteering and work experience opportunities and guidance on returning to education.

The nine Job Clubs based here in Northern Ireland are part of a network of more than 170 churches of different Christian traditions across the United Kingdom running CAP Job Clubs, as they work together to positively impact the communities around them.

In particular, A CAP Job Club provides an opportunity for support and community, where members can meet in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, get to know each other and not feel so isolated in their unemployment.

To find out more about CAP Job Clubs, or to book your place at a local free club, visit www.capjobclubs.org or call freephone 0800 328 0006.