New recruits needed for Hartlepool community project

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A COMMUNITY project is on the lookout for more volunteers to come and join a successful team.

Vacancies are available for up to four people to work at the Orcel Centre in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool.

And the reason for the new posts is the Orcel centre’s success in its volunteers moving on into new jobs.

Orcel development manager Glenys Thompson said the project was the perfect place for people wanting to get experience of work.

She added: “Recently three of our volunteers have left because they have found paid employment so we now have vacancies to fill in the role of centre assistant.

“This is essentially a reception-based job which includes greeting people and ensuring the centre is clean and tidy in preparation for its use.”

Glenys added: “Lots of people have come to us in the past if they have not worked for a while and want to get their confidence back.

“Some people come to us because they want work experience and we have a good link with adult education.

“The volunteers enjoy working at the Orcel centre because it builds their skills and confidence. They make new friends and they participate in regular social activities. It can offer the necessary work experience for anyone wishing to study Level 2 Customer Care or Level 2 Business Administration and it also seems to really help people get back into paid employment.”

The Orcel Centre has been owned and operated by Owton Rossmere Community Enterprise Limited (ORCEL) since 1998.

Orcel works in partnership with the public sector, training providers and other voluntary organisations on projects that benefit the residents of Hartlepool.

The centre offers courses, consultations and a chance to see a health specialist.

It is focused on people in the Manor House and Rossmere areas of Hartlepool, and helps to advance education, promote healthy living and provide facilities for recreation or leisure time.

Glenys urged anyone interested in a job to come along for an informal chat and find out more. She added: “There are as many as four vacancies available.”

To find out more about the posts, visit the website www.orcel.org.uk or telephone (01429) 288123.