LiveWest combines forces with partners to create new Work Hub in Bideford set to help local people find jobs

24 April 2018

Leading south west housing provider LiveWest, has joined forces with other local organisations and charities to help open a new and much needed Work Hub for the Bideford community. 

The Work Hub launched with an event this week and the first person through the door who was looking for work managed to secure an offer of work! Over 25 people attended including community partners, local councillors and customers.

The recent closure of facilities in the area has seen an increased need for a Work Hub and a £4,000 investment from LiveWest will help support the first six months of the project.  Bideford Work Hub is a drop in support service for people who are seeking work, or advice around careers, training, volunteering or improving IT skills. The Work Hub will run every Wednesday from 10 -1pm at Bideford Library.

Alison Knight, Community Development Worker from LiveWest said: “As a large provider of homes in the area we want to increase the access to opportunities and employability services for LiveWest customers and the wider community.  This service is available to anyone over 16 who is looking for work, however in addition, LiveWest customers will be able to access ongoing 121 support and can apply for bursaries to help them further. Thank you to Alabare for providing food, Libraries Unlimited, CSW, Learn Devon, Cosmic, Intagr8, DWP  for support in setting up this service.”

Important local community organisations including Devon County Council’s adult education service, Learn Devon, Libraries Unlimited,  CSW Group, Cosmic, PLUSS, IntraG8, JCP  and representatives from Department of Work and Pensions have all been involved to get the service up and running and are committed to making it a success for the people of Bideford and the surrounding areas.

 Councillor Stuart Barker, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, with responsibility for Learn Devon said: “One of our key priorities is supporting the residents of Devon to learn the skills they need to improve their lives so they can be independent and economically active. By supporting this service, we can help prepare individuals for the workplace, and provide support with moving on to further training, employment or self-employment.” 

Colin Bray, Libraries Unlimited said: “We are delighted that this will be adding value to the existing library offer. This service will  help  people with Work searches, Work applications, CV’s, covering letters,  support development of IT skills and linking people with other organisations for training, learning and volunteering opportunities.”  

Felicity Bright from CSW Group said:  “This new provision with be an ideal support for unemployed people of any age, and CSW will be encouraging the young people we work with, to attend this relaxed and approachable setting for practical help and support”

Learn Devon has already provided training in the form of a free workshop on Universal Work Match for Hub volunteers and a Code of Conduct agreement to be used by the Hub Co-ordinator and volunteers. Learn Devon will also provide resources that will be available to participants such as CV and covering letter templates and guides, employability support and information about training.