Helping to keep people in work

PEOPLE who may be at risk of losing their job due to health or personal problems can get help from experts this week.

Tees Valley InWork Support (TVIWS), which is a project supported by the five Tees Valley councils, NHS Tees and Tees Valley Unlimited, aims to help residents who are in work but who may be faced with external situations that could make continued employment difficult.

To enable people, firms and organisations find out more about the support available, the TVIWS team will be in the Arts Hartlepool unit in Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, which is on the upper level next to the Greggs shop near the entrance to the Indoor Market on Thursday.

It comes after the Mail revealed that the total rise for all four of the constituency areas covered by the Hartlepool Mail saw a rise of 338 more Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants between July and August.

The number of claimants in Hartlepool rose by 80 in August, from 4,143 in July to 4,223 last month giving the town the seventh highest proportion of claimants in the country, at 7.3 per cent of working age people.

TVIWS Hartlepool project officer, Lynn Finn, said: “TVIWS can offer advice and support to employees who may be faced with situations such as health worries, stress, anxiety or caring responsibilities that could result in them leaving or taking time off work.

“We aim to give one-to-one support to employees by identifying and accessing the most appropriate advice and support.”

Also attending Thursday’s event will be Hartlepool Council’s sports development team and a representative of its Smoke Free Environment initiative and information will also be available from the Community Nutritionist.

Organisers say there will also be advice on offer to help firms and organisations to encourage their workforce to stay fit and healthy.

The session is being held from from 10am until 4pm.

For further information, call (01429) 523506 or log onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and select the link at the bottom of this story.