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Ambitious new Internet Café aims to tackle unemployment in Bilston

Gazebo Theatre in Education Company plan to unveil their new Internet Café at a launch event set to take place on Wednesday 25th November at Bilston Town Hall. Open to all members of the local community, the Internet Café gives users the opportunity to get online, learn new skills and eventually return to employment. Staff are on hand to support with on line job searches and give advice on application forms and CVs. Under the Working Together programme, users of the Internet Café can also access free support. The Working Together programme aims to increase employability and employment of long term unemployed and economically inactive social housing tenants with support designed to address specific barriers based on individual needs. This includes mentoring, online job searches as well as support with CV writing, hands on IT training, and opportunities to discuss career development. Tonia Daley-Campbell, Project Manager and Lead Mentor “As part of the Working Together programme, we provide individualised holistic and creative mentoring sessions for people facing barriers to entering the work place. This can be anything from drama and arts therapy to confidence building, and counselling. Gazebo can also offer volunteering opportunities to help unemployed people get ready for work” The Accord Group is the lead delivery partner of the wider City Deal offer – the ‘Working Together’ pilot project aims to increase the employability and employment of 2,800 long-term unemployed and economically inactive Black Country social housing tenants and move 900 of them into work over a three year delivery period. The pilot operates within Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Bilston East area of Wolverhampton. Florence Davies who is a participant of the Working Together programme at Bilston Town Hall says “The programme is a God send to anyone 25+ seeking support with getting back into work. There isn’t a lot of help for people over 25 and the range of support on offer is phenomenal. They have an excellent balance with their people centred approach, in a relaxed and friendly environment that is able to nurture and spur people forward towards their goals. I would recommend to anyone who qualifies” The Grand launch of Working Together Internet Café which is part of the Bilston East programme will take place at Bilston Town Hall on Wednesday 25th November from 1pm-4pm. The event will also include live entertainment, tasting dishes, and the launch of the highly anticipated community cookbook ‘A Taste of Bilston’ Local people, community groups, businesses, housing associations and referral agencies are welcome to attend and get involved by contacting Gazebo Theatre on 01902 497222.
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