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Work Clubs

Weekly sessions

The Council’s Work Clubs are held on a weekly basis at selected libraries throughout Nottinghamshire.

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The Work Clubs are open to anyone looking for work and are voluntary to attend. The clubs give people the chance to meet others looking for work, build new contacts, share job hunting experiences and get advice on job searches, applications, interview techniques, CVs and even volunteering opportunities. 

Special events are held regularly at the work clubs including sessions from employers talking about what they look for in job applicants, CV writing and confidence building workshops.

Local businesses are being encouraged to support work clubs by offering work experience or mentoring opportunities to attendees and making them aware of vacancies within their organisations. 

Work Clubs around the county

Arnold

Meets at Arnold Library, Front Street, every Tuesday afternoon 1.30pm - 3.30pm.

Hucknall

Meets at Hucknall Library, South Street, every Thursday 3.30pm - 5.30pm.

Kirkby

Meets at Kirkby Library, Ashfield Precinct, every Friday 10am - 12 noon. 

At the work club on Friday 18 July - Is your health getting in the way of finding a job? [PDF] 

Newark

Meets at Newark Academy, London road, every Thursday 10am - 12 noon.

Newark and Sherwood Citizens' Advice Bureau will be visiting Newark work club on Thursday 31 July [PDF]

Mansfield

Meets at Mansfield Library, Four Seasons Centre, every Wednesday 10am – 12 noon.

Retford

Meets at Retford Library, 17 Churchgate, every Friday 10am - 12 noon.

Stapleford 

Meets at Stapleford Library, Church Street, alternate Mondays 2.15pm - 4.15pm. 

Worksop

Meets at Worksop Library, Memorial Avenue, every Thursday 10am - 12 noon.

West Bridgford

Meets at West Bridgford Library, Bridgford Road, alternate Mondays 2pm - 4pm. View the West Bridgford work club flyer [PDF]

Please note West Bridgford work club now runs every 2 weeks. 

For more information on work clubs around the county, visit the Employment and Skills Board website: www.nottinghamshireworkclubs.co.uk

Sponsorship and volunteering

We are looking for businesses to sponsor clubs to help fund the running of groups including the purchasing of refreshments and stationery that is required. 

Are you interested in volunteering to support a work club? We are looking for volunteers to act as regular work club leaders. Training and support will be provided.

Further information is available from Denise Stephenson, Work Club Co-ordinator on tel: 07775 588 756 or e-mail: denise.stephenson@nottscc.gov.uk.

Case study

Work Club was just the job for Kas!

Kas Gilder (33) from Mansfield says the support he received from a Nottinghamshire County Council run Work Club was invaluable in helping him land a job at the town's new bus station.

Kas now works as a Customer Services Operative at the £9m bus station after being unemployed since the turn of the year.

He is part of the team providing help to the five million passengers expected to use the new bus station every year.

Kas previously worked as a customer adviser at an Argos store in north London. But he left the job when he moved from his home in Enfield to live with his partner in the Oak Tree area of Mansfield and was looking for employment in the Mansfield area.

Kas explains, "I was keen to find a job as soon as possible after moving up to Mansfield but because I didn't know the area and didn't have many local contacts it was quite daunting.

"I found out about the Work Club by chance when I was visiting the library to get my CV photocopied and decided to go along.

"I was made to feel extremely welcome and was able to find out about the types of opportunities available locally, build up a network of contacts and get information on courses and training available. I'm really grateful for the support I received, it was invaluable.

"Initially the Work Club helped me to find temporary call centre work through an agency and continued to support me as I looked for something more permanent.

"It was when I was going through the list of job opportunities available with Denise (the work club co-ordinator) that we spotted the job at the new bus station. As I'd enjoyed working in a customer service role in my previous job, it really appealed to me so, after looking into what the County Council was looking for, I thought I would apply.

As well as receiving help himself, Kas also used his previous experience as a training officer to support other work club users at the weekly meetings.

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