Coalfields lifeline to save jobs and continue work at centre

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A resource centre has received a financial boost which will help to safeguard employment and continue its important work.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has given £9,599 to the Shotton IT Resource Centre.

This is great news for the Centre as it is becoming increasingly difficult to access funding to keep this popular community venue open

Rona Hardy, chairperson of the Shotton Partnership

Rona Hardy, chairperson of the Shotton Partnership which owns the centre, said the support “will safeguard the employment of our staff and enable us to provide our vital service, which recently celebrated its 15th year in operation.

“Since opening in June 2000, demand for the centre has increased year on year with over 400 people using the facility in 2014.”

She said the grant was “great news for the centre as it is becoming increasingly difficult to access funding to keep this popular community venue open.

“Our record of past achievements, however, has stood us in good stead to attract this latest package of funding, which will help us continue our good work in Shotton and the surrounding area.”

Support worker Clare Bricklebank, whose job has been secured, said the centre had enhanced its services by setting up a weekly job club where “our learners are able to identify job opportunities, create or update CVs and learn interview techniques.”

The centre, in Friar Street in Shotton, gives one-to-one support on subjects including food safety, customer service, and literacy and numeracy Literacy.

It also provides taster sessions in basic IT as well as social media, how to create greetings cards, and basic sign language.

Clare added: “The grant will also enable us to offer free courses to the unemployed to increase their chances of employment.”