Work Club & Careers Advice Service Success

Earlier this year our “Work Club and Careers Advice Service” was officially launched and recognised by Caroline Flint MP, UK Online Centres and local Councillors.  Since then it has gone from strength to strength.

Caroline Wilson of UK Online Centres with Caroline Flint MP at the launch of the Work Club & Careers Advice Service.

We are therefore very pleased to confirm that the European Social Fund is now supporting us to expand the scope and opening times for our Club. This means we can help even more people take their next step towards employment or training.

Fully supported and Free Work Club – 9am to 4pm every Monday and Tuesday.
Drop in for Jobsearch – 9am to 3pm every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Members of our Work Club receive a fully supported course of activity that enables them to utilise computers and the internet to look for work and opportunities for training. We also provide careers advice to anyone who wants to explore the options available to them for the future. As a member of our Club you will be given the opportunity to learn about:

  • Making the most of your computer
  • Online basics – UK Online
  • Online plus – UK Online
  • Job search – Universal Jobmatch and Jobsites Online
  • Jobs and skills – Universal Jobmatch
  • Skills for job applications – UK Careers Service
  • Careers Advice – Doncaster College University Centre
  • Managing money – Money Advice Service
  • Staying healthy – NHS Choices
  • Internet safety – UK Online
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

You will receive certificates of achievement for all of your learning which you can use to enhance your CV and employability.  Come along and join us for advice, guidance and some old fashioned moral support.

Work Club Sponsors and Partners

Edlington Community Organisation ECO

Edlington Community Organisation (ECO) is a community charity based in the centre of Edlington, Doncaster. Our aim is to improve and regenerate Edlington and its surrounding areas to make it a better place to live for all generations present and yet to come. As a charity we thrive on community involvement and partnership, working alongside various groups and businesses and we are proud to work in partnership with the Edlington Hilltop Centre.

ECO Edlington Community Organisation

ECO’s mission is to work in active partnership with the community, for the community to regenerate the area and improve the quality of life for all.  We are a not for profit charity and any money raised goes back into the community to provide essential services and projects.

Our partnership with the Edlington Hilltop Centre has been developed to compliment the services we both provide to the community.  We aim to support learners and users of both Centre’s by providing them with learning opportunities, advice, counselling and support as well as activities that will advance the aims of both our charities.

Community Support

Working together ECO and the Edlington Hilltop Centre provide:

  • Short courses and classes
  • Benefits advice and support
  • Budgeting and debt counselling
  • Housing advice and support
  • Drugs and alcohol counselling
  • Advanced CV writing
  • Advanced job search
  • Access to local and district Councillor’s surgeries
  • Computer courses for beginners and intermediate
  • Advanced computer courses in ITQ Levels 1 & 2
  • FREE internet access without time limits
  • OCR text processing courses
  • Microsoft Office 2010 – computer courses
  • Clubs, Groups, activities and ongoing courses
  • Fully supported Work Club and Careers Advice Service
  • Childcare facilities provided by Buttons Day Nursery
  • Plus much more

To access our FREE services drop into ECO at the Yorkshire Main Community Centre (next door to the British Legion) or call into the Hilltop Centre (next door to Buttons Day Nursery) for more information.  You can visit the ECO website for more information or click the ECO and YMCC Promotion Booklet.

Edlington Children’s Centre

As part of our partnership with the Edlington Hilltop Centre we can provide Mums, Dads and Carers with numerous clubs, groups, courses and activities with the aim of improving life chances and skills.  Why not ask for a referral on your next visit or simply call in to the Centre which is next door to the Children’s Centre.  Just follow the “Jigsaw Pieces for Adult Learning.”

Edlington Children's Centre

Edlington Children’s Centre is a friendly and welcoming place for everyone. Our aim is to enhance the lives of children and families from across the community, within a safe and positive environment. We provide lots of opportunities for families to have fun and learn valuable life skills in the process.  We also provide lots of other support to help families grow and prosper.

As a Children’s Centre, we work together with different agencies within the local community to provide a joined up service to children and their families. For example, we work together with schools, health professionals, adult education service’s and early year’s services such as nurseries and numerous other agencies.

As well as providing services at the Children’s Centre, other groups and services are offered from a range of venues within Edlington, Loversall, Wadworth and Warmsworth. These include schools and community venues, and in doing this we endeavour to make our services accessible to all.

Our Play and Development Team creates a quality play and learning environment for all children and their families, working within the Centre and out in the community. We support and empower parents in their important role as their child’s first educator. Best practice is assured by using the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

Our Family Support Team offers a professional and empathic approach to supporting families who need encouragement, support and guidance. We offer a range of services which include parenting support programmes, and adult learning support. We will also signpost to other agencies so that we can offer a package of care that will reflect a needs-led service.  We cover the whole of Edlington and parts of Warmsworth.

Click here to visit our website.  Click here to read our Edlington Childrens Centre Timetable April 2014.

Edlington Children's Centre Contract Details

Silver Dancers Surprise College Students

Students at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College in Edlington were given a very special surprise recently, when a group of Golden Oldies performed a dancing routine to the “All That Jazz” soundtrack, as a big thank you for all the work they do.  Three times a year the students in College put on “Tea Parties” for around 270 Nans, Granddad’s, Aunts and Uncles and then organise performances and activities to entertain them, but this time round roles were reversed.

The College is currently working with local charity “Move and Inspire Me” to put on activities after school to encourage people from all across the community to get healthy and active, and they were drafted in to help the silver dancers learn and later perform the routine in the College atrium as a surprise.

Silver Dancers Perform “All That Jazz” Dance Routine in the College Atrium

Broadcast on BBC Look North the event was a resounding success, and everyone had a great time on the day with over 75 silver dancers joining in the surprise performance.

Vera Purdy who is the College Council Co-ordinator said “It’s lovely to welcome the Tea Party members into College and many of them queue for up to an hour before the event starts. One Lady is 102 and she joined in the dancing from her chair. All the pensioners look forward to coming along to College to be entertained by the students.”

Robert Reid who is the Community Officer at the College said “Our partnership with Move and Inspire Me is full of promise and ambition, and what better way to demonstrate the benefits of keeping active than to welcome them to the Tea Party to deliver this event.”

Deborah Molwuka who is the Move and Inspire Me Instructor said “Absolutely anybody can take part in our classes, even in a chair. Some of our regulars keep fit from their wheelchairs and we have volunteers on hand to help everybody take part. We are looking forward to working with Sir Thomas Wharton Community College in the future and had a great time on the day.”

Pat Elderkin who is the Move and Inspire Me Gold Instructor said “We have been looking forward to performing the surprise dancing routine in the College for over a month, and had been working hard with our Tickhill Gold Class members who had a great time.”

You can visit the Move and Inspire Me website to look out for the classes that will be available at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College after the Easter Break or contact 01709 863268 for more details as they become available.

L-R Pat Elderkin, Deborah Molwuka, Andrew Jackson, Ian White, Brian Punter-Matthews and Vera Purdy.

Photography by BBC Look North and Carol Denman Volunteer Hilltop Centre and STWCC Photographer.