SCORES of unemployed Weaverham people are set to benefit from the launch of a successful national employment initiative in the village.

Two volunteers from The Stronghold Church in Forster Avenue have undergone specialist training with national charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to launch a job club offering support and practical advice to unemplyed people.

The Stronghold club will join more than 160 others across the UK, with almost 1,000 people helped to find work in 2017.

Simon Palmer, The Stronghold Weaverham CAP Job Club manager, said: “We really wanted to make a practical contribution to the community and we thought running a job club was a good way to do that.

“Everyone who comes on the course, whether you’ve been out of work for a while or maybe you want to change jobs but aren’t sure how to start – this course is for you.

“As it stands, one in four people that have attended a CAP Job Club have found employment.”

The free eight-week course provides jobseekers with essential skills, such as CV writing, interview technique and the value of volunteering.

At the heart of the course is a supportive group where course members can share their experiences, struggles and advice.

In addition, each is given one-to-one coaching to develop their strengths and identify opportunities.

Simon said: “Our job club is a warm, friendly and relaxed environment.

“Come and let us help you take positive steps into employment and a job you’ll enjoy.

“We have particular strengths in providing a supportive community, which builds self-esteem and confidence.”

The club will run weekly starting from January 24 at The Stronghold Hub in Forster Avenue.

Refreshments are provided, and more information is available by calling 0800 328 0006 or visiting