LANGUAGE IS NO LONGER A BARRIER TO WORK THANKS TO COALFIELDS FUNDING Farnworth Baptist Church, the organisation working with residents to transform the local community, has received over £9,000 in funding from the Coalfield Community Investment Programme. The funds, which total £9,975, will be used to deliver a programme of activity that will support those who are unemployed, have poor or no skills, do not speak English as their first language or who are sick or disabled. A weekly Job Club will give residents the opportunity to meet with fellow job-seekers in a non- threatening environment. During these sessions, they will have access to tips for writing CVs, covering letters and application forms. In addition, practical computer skills courses will be offered. Contributions from the funding will also be used to deliver English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses, providing participants with the help and support they need to improve their employability and citizenship skills. Reverend John Bradbury, Team Leader at Farnworth Baptist Church, comments: “The funding received from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust means that we can extend the support that we offer to even more people from our community, helping them to transform their lives and giving them access to a secure future.” “Providing help to those that do not speak English as a first language means that we can better integrate them and support them as they start to become active citizens, which in turn will further benefit our local area.” Lynn Utting, Development Manager (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “It is not uncommon for people to take it for granted that they speak English, after all we all know that it is essential to effectively communicate with prospective employers. For others, it can be a real hurdle. “Coalfield communities are still suffering from poor employment and low skills with no means to improve this. Through working with organisations such as Farnworth Baptist Church we are able to give people in these communities the access they need to break the cycle of worklessness and find suitable jobs.” 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.