Community Career Club: - Are you currently unemployed and looking for work? Do you have a job, but really want to progress with your career and need a little help getting started? Communities First will be running Career Clubs to help with a range of issues relating to gaining employment. We can help you write a great CV, show you how to use the new Jobmatch website, carry out effective job searches, practice for an interview and lots more.

Career clubs are open to anyone and you don’t need an appointment so pop along to your nearest location and see what we can do to help you. Career clubs currently run every Wednesday afternoon (1pm – 3pm) at the Willows Centre in Troedyrhiw (until the end of March) and on Friday afternoons (3:30 – 5pm) in Bedlinog Primary School. We run a separate Career Club for under 25 year old in Treharris Boys and girls club on a Wednesday from 10am until 2pm. This session is run in partnership with Job Centre Plus and MTCBC’s Youth Team. Come along and get support to find training, apprenticeships or employment. We look forward to seeing you there.

Transitions into Employment: - Are you aged 16 - 19 and not in education training or employment? Do you want to build confidence, gain skills and earn qualifications? Transitions into employment prepares you for work and provides you with vocational qualifications that could lead to a fantastic new career. This skills based practical programme offers training in ceramics, motor vehicle repair, environmental work, hairdressing, outdoor learning, construction and more. You even receive an allowance for attending. For more information please contact me on 01443 690 178

Money Matters: - Do you struggle with budgeting your money? Have you noticed the cost of everyday items like food and fuel bills keep rising while your income stays the same? The majority of people are feeling the pinch at the moment, and Communities First would like to help you to make the most of your finances and help you avoid the trap of high interest borrowing. We’ll be running a variety of short courses to help with budgeting and maximising your income as well as helping you to make sure that you claim any benefit payments you may be entitled to. Last year 2 billion pounds worth of Income Support, 2.8 billion Pension Credit, 3.1 billion housing benefit and 2.4 billion worth of council tax benefit went unclaimed in the UK – Can you afford not to claim?? If not, get in touch for a free benefit entitlement check-up.

Business Support: - Communities First are in the process of setting up a business support network for businesses and social enterprises within the Southern Cluster of Merthyr Tydfil. The network aims to encourage relationships between businesses in the cluster and assist businesses to up-skill their staff. Joining the network is free of charge. Benefits include:-

  • Promotion for your business on our website
  • Access to a members only page
  • The chance to network with businesses near you
  • Free training courses for you and your staff (eligibility criteria may apply)
  • Access to information on grants and funding streams
  • Support with governance and business planning

To register your interest please contact Hannah on 01443 690 178

Volunteering: - Are you interested in volunteering? Need to gain some work experience or want to give something back to the community? There are a range of local volunteering opportunities within a variety of settings within the South Merthyr area. Just give us a call to find out more.

Do you need advice on debt, benefits or any money related issues? Make an appointment to see our specialist from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau on Wednesday mornings at our offices in Merthyr Vale. Call 01443 690 178 to make an appointment.

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