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Rural Housing Week - Helping local people into affordable housing
Posted on: Fri 28th June, 2019

The theme of this year’s Rural Housing Week is Building for rural communities. Here we use our Watling Close development in Canon Pyon as an example of the work Herefordshire Housing do to meet the specific needs of our rural communities while driving up housing supply.

Rural Housing Week 2019
Posted on: Fri 28th June, 2019

The National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week (1st – 5th July) shines a spotlight on successful rural developments, reinforcing the message that housing is vital for the survival of rural communities and services.

CIP Gardening Competition
Posted on: Tue 28th May, 2019

Do you have green fingers? Do neighbours gaze enviously at your marigolds? Enter our annual Gardening Competition for your chance to win a £25 shopping voucher.

Posted on: Wed 8th May, 2019

Together With Tenants is a groundbreaking new initiative from the National Housing Federation that aims to create stronger relationships and clearer communication b

As we approach the end of the financial year, it is important that you inform the relevant office about any changes in your circumstances that are about to occur.
Posted on: Mon 11th March, 2019

You may need to inform Housing Benefit or Universal Credit about the forthcoming change to your rent, or any other change of circumstance. Allow us to guide you through the process...

Posted on: Mon 28th January, 2019

As the weather is turning colder you may notice more moisture in your home.

Posted on: Thu 20th December, 2018

Christmas is coming and so is the Herefordshire Housing rent free week. 

Posted on: Wed 10th October, 2018

This Saturday (13th October) our colleagues, along with lots of other members of the community will be supporting the Hereford Community Clean Up Group, and tidying the area, known as the "Hereford

Posted on: Mon 1st October, 2018

We would like to remind and reassure you that calls from Voluntas are legitimate and that they are contacting you on our behalf.

Older man smiling in Hereford
Posted on: Mon 23rd July, 2018

Around a third of those eligible for Pension Credit are not claiming it and could be missing out on extra money each week, so it is worth checking if you could be entitled, and claim Pension Credit

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Rural Housing Week - Job Club and the search for employment

Rural Housing Week - Job Club and the search for employment

Posted on: Fri 28th June, 2019

Our innovative Job Club service has expanded into more rural areas across Herefordshire, providing a supportive environment designed to help people back into employment.

Widely reported national statistics put the UK’s unemployment at a 44-year low, but the reality for rural communities presents a more complicated picture. Many fall into cycles of unemployment, exacerbated by a lack of access to computers and the computer skills required to navigate today’s jobs market. Our unique relationship with our customers and long-term commitment to our communities lead to the development of Job Club.

The first Job Club was set up over 6 years ago at Hinton Community Centre, Hereford, offering access to the internet and expert advice in a supportive environment – the ideal place to begin your job search. Fast-forward to 2019 and Job Club has built on its success and popularity by expanding to more locations, including two additional clubs in Hereford, and clubs in Ross-on-Wye and Ludlow (Shropshire).

One of the primary offerings at Job Club is access to computers and the internet, alongside the training to make these truly useful tools. Job Club attendees can get help developing the IT skills vital to navigating today’s jobs market: creating their own email address, using recruitment websites to search for jobs, using the DWP’s Universal Jobmatch service, and writing their CV. Developing these skills can also help customers avoid sanctions from the DWP.

Of course, lack of computer skills or access to the internet is often only one part of the unemployment puzzle. Our Job Club Coordinators identify what assistance Job Club attendees require to overcome their personal barriers to employment. Many require additional help with literacy and numeracy skills, low self-esteem or understanding the level of presentation needed at a job interview. Expert advice is given on financial management and understanding the social housing and benefits system, helping to alleviate these stresses. Job Coordinators can also refer clients to other agencies that may be able to help with mental health and drug/alcohol dependency issues, which can also prevent someone from progressing into volunteering or employment.

Rosie Blanchard, Job Club Coordinator, has worked at Job Club from the very start and has played a key role in its expansion. Rosie’s connections to the local jobs market are invaluable to Job Club, directly connecting local employers with clients looking for work. She said:

“It’s fantastic to see Job Club go from strength to strength, helping more communities overcome difficulties getting into employment or voluntary work. Job Coordinators use our links to and knowledge of the local employment market to help get people to get back into work or start a fulfilling voluntary position. Partnering with local community-based organisations, such as IT tutors from The Skills Mill, or the Shaw Trust, allow us to offer more wide-ranging support.”

“It’s important to remember that often the biggest benefit to our clients can be the mutual support of other local people also looking for work – come and join us for a cuppa and find out what we can do for you!”