Helping Ripon’s jobless find work

Ripon Salvation Army has held an open day for its Employment and Resource Centre (ERC) to showcase the services it offers to job seekers.

The open day, held on Friday, June 21, celebrated the centre opening a year ago and among those attending the event were the Mayor and Mayoress of Ripon plus other agencies which work in conjunction with the ERC.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Ripon, Coun Mick and Gill Stanley, along with Salvation Army Employment and Resource Centre volunteers, from left, Lt Angela Noble, Capt Steve Noble, Pat Clark, Roger Nightingale, Judith Willowe and Clair Hardy. (130621jp1)

The Mayor and Mayoress of Ripon, Coun Mick and Gill Stanley, along with Salvation Army Employment and Resource Centre volunteers, from left, Lt Angela Noble, Capt Steve Noble, Pat Clark, Roger Nightingale, Judith Willowe and Clair Hardy. (130621jp1)

“The ERC was launched as a drop-in for Ripon district to help unemployed people who would otherwise have to travel to Harrogate for the same service,” said centre manager Pat Clark, who made a presentation to the assembled guests.

“The centre has worked in a changing and challenging environment with businesses closing in the city, one or two opening, the arrival of Universal Jobmatch for job seekers and Universal Credit on the horizon.”

The centre – based at the Salvation Army’s Reach Out Centre on Lead Lane – is able to offer free and confidential one-to-one help to users of the service with a hot drink thrown in.

It has five laptops available for performing job searches and writing CVs with the number set to increase to accommodate basic IT courses which were launched at the open day.

The centre was the vision of Corps officers Capt Stephen Noble and Lt Angela Noble. During the open day it was highlighted that the centre isalways in need of extra volunteers, particularly with the launch of the new learning modules. Candidates from all walks of life are welcome, including students with time to spare during holiday periods.

lTo volunteer telephone Pat on 01765 692657.