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MP in fact-finding visit to church's jobs scheme
2:27pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A SALVATION Army church, which is soldiering hard to find jobs for unemployed people in Cradley Heath, has won praise from a Conservative MP.
The Army’s scheme, based in the Reddal Hill Road community centre, operates in partnership with Employment Plus, so that people can go to the church to update their CVs and take part in employment training courses.
Captain Elizabeth Hancock, corps officer at the church in Meredith Street, said: “As a church we care about every aspect of a person’s welfare. Unemployment is a main cause of social exclusion and poverty so it is a real issue that needs addressing.
“This is, of course, especially true for young people and those who have a range of different needs.“For more than 100 years The Salvation Army has been helping those who are furthest from the labour market so we felt this was a way in which our church could help those in our own community in a practical way. That’s why we started our involvement with Employment Plus.
“When people are in employment their lives are transformed. We wanted to be active in supporting our community and offer a compassionate, friendly face, as we help people towards employment.”
The Cradley Heath Salvation Army has been offering the Employment Plus service since July 2010 and works with businesses, training providers, and employment agencies, offering personalised support, access to job searches, offers work placements and e-learning opportunities in addition to accredited employability courses.
Mr Morris, who organised a jobs fair hosted at the Meredith Street church last month, said: "The thing about the Work Programme is that it is not just about ticking boxes but about long term sustainable employment.
“This fits into the ethos of The Salvation Army, which does incredible work in Cradley Health. People aren't treated as a number, and instead are given a friendly welcome and positive, practical support in what can be a very difficult experience to go through.”
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