Real Deal Plus, the Ashington based charity that helps to improve the lives and futures of people across the local area, is celebrating after receiving over £8,000 in funding from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

The funding, which totals £8,827, will allow Real Deal Plus to continue to deliver a job club for the Ashington community, supporting residents at every stage of their job search and offering them a friendly place to seek professional advice and guidance.

The weekly job club, which is held every Tuesday at Ashington Life Centre, provides advice on how to draft CVs and job applications, workshops on interview tips and techniques and runs skills training courses to those who have poor literacy and ICT skills.

Regular advice sessions are also arranged to give guidance on budgeting and travel planning, helping people through their first few weeks of employment.

Kath Falcus, General Manager for Real Deal Plus, comments: “Finding work is not necessarily as easy as people believe, especially when you have poor IT skills or struggle with reading and writing. The job club we run means everybody who needs support is able to access it in a friendly and welcoming environment.”

“Since the job club was started we’ve been able to help countless people find employment, truly transforming their lives. The funding received from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust means that we are able to continue to do this, giving residents the opportunity to become active members of the Ashington community.”

Stephen Abson, Development Manager for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “Low levels of literacy and poor IT skills are common in coalfield communities and often act as a huge barrier to people finding employment.”

“By working with organisations such as Real Deal Plus we can ensure that the people who live in our communities have the support they need to help them to start their journey into employment, making a real difference to their personal lives and the lives of people around them.”