THE new Halesowen and Rowley Regis Job Club is up and running and helping people back in to work.

The club meets every week between 2.30pm and 3.30pm at the Lighthouse Project in Halesowen.

The group has been set up by the Conservative candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis in next year’s General Election James Morris.

He said: “One of the objectives of the job club, apart from trying to find employment for members, is to provide a kind of self-help environment.

“Job club members can help each other through the often difficult process of finding a job and coping with the inevitable ups and downs of the process and sometimes confidence can be the key to success.”

He added: “On Friday the group discussed the difficulties of long term unemployment in terms of loss of confidence.”

And Mr Morris is hoping the club will help combat the rising numbers of unemployed in the constituency.

He said: “There has been a particularly steep rise in the numbers out of work across the area over the last two years. And there figures reveal the scale of the challenge we face locally in ensuring that people can find the training and skills they need to get jobs and prepare themselves for the future.”

The Lighthouse Project, Highfields Road, is running several schemes to help people get the skills and knowledge get back to work including free use of the internet so people can apply for jobs online.