CORE (Calverton Oasis Resources and Education), the Calverton based charity that aims to enhance local people’s employability and life skills, is celebrating after receiving £10,000 in funding as a result of the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting former mining towns and villages.

The £10,000 in funding, the maximum grant awarded by the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, will allow the charity to employ both a Careers Advisor and a Life Coach, each working within the job club for a total of 4 hours a week over a 12-month period.

Addressing the skills and employment of people living in Calverton, the job club, which runs every Monday and Thursday, will provide local people who have often been out of work for long periods of time, with access to the facilities and support they need to find a job. 

The CV and covering letter tutorials, computer skills classes and volunteering opportunities provided by CORE’s job club will provide attendees with the skills and confidence needed to look for work.

As a result of the funding, CORE will also direct further resources to those who are losing long-term disability benefits and those living with learning difficulties or disabilities who need extra support before they are able to access standard job club initiatives.

Tim Cusworth, Job Club Manager at CORE, comments: “Entering into work after a long period of unemployment can be daunting. By providing activities such as CV workshops, volunteering opportunities and interview techniques we are able to ensure everyone is equipped with the skills required to find work.”

“Previous funding received from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust allowed us to help 21 people to enter in to employment, 18 people in to volunteering roles and 2 people in to self-employment. Having already seen a positive start we are aiming to replicate what we have previously achieved.”

Andy Lock, Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “Working closely with job club attendees, Tim and the newly employed careers advisors we are able to ensure that all attendees are equipped with the skills and confidence needed for the workplace.”

“Skills and employment are two of our strategic objectives and we know that by providing this funding for CORE, by association, we are able to have a positive and lasting impression on the wider community.”

As the organisation has become a member of Coalfield Community Investment Programme it will continue to be supported by the Trust and will have access to bespoke practical support including access to resources and services such as help with third-party funding applications and bid-writing, to tips on effective promotion and marketing.