A NEW help centre for unemployed people has been set up by volunteers in Marlpool.
The centre, called ARC, will be open from noon to 3pm every Wednesday at All Saints’ Church, on Ilkeston Road. Anyone can drop in for a cup of tea and a chat to explore how the four-strong team can help them.
The idea for the centre was sparked when friends of the church lost their jobs at Heanor Co-op store in April.
Organiser Steve Rogers said: “We heard about people who were working there for umpteen years who had never had to write a CV or go to an interview – and who suddenly had to do these things. We will be offering people advice on CV writing, interview techniques, getting the benefits they’re entitled to, starting a business or whatever.”
Steve, 64, has 20 years of management experience with an IT company and ran his own upholstery business.
He said: “I’ve been at both ends – I’ve been at interviews and I’ve employed people.”
He will be joined by Patrick and Christina Ashcroft, who work for a recruitment company in Chesterfield, and his wife Janice, who is a bookkeeper.