Crowd funding bid to keep job club running

Michelle Howie of Banbury Job Club at The Mill Arts Centre. NNL-150206-153241009
Michelle Howie of Banbury Job Club at The Mill Arts Centre. NNL-150206-153241009

A Banbury job club set to close its doors has launched a £7,500 crowd funding bid to continue running for another nine months.

Going for Gold job club has been running for 3 years from the Mill Arts Centre. Funded by Oxfordshire County Council it works to help unemployed people in Banbury get into work.

But the current funding agreement with the council expires at the end of June and unless the job club can match an additional grant of £7,500 it will be unable to continue to provide its service.

Managing director Michelle Howie has now taken her quest for funding online to the website.

Crowdfunding and other websites like it allow firms and individuals to solicit small donations from the public for a variety of projects.

Michelle said: “We think it would be such a shame after being so successful with our Thursday job club to then close only to end up resurrecting it in nine months time when we apply for more funding.

“We have helped people with disabilities, people who were homeless, a young school leaver with autism, people with mental health problems and anxiety issues, people who have been made redundant after years of employment, homeless and the list goes on. It is not all about getting people in to employment it is about strengthening communities and the health and well-being of residents.”

Oxfordshire’s unemployment rate among the work age population is currently at its lowest level since 2006, with 11,700, or 3.3 per cent of the working age population out of work. Every Thursday volunteers offer free workshops to help improve CVs, interview coaching and financial advice. Some clients are referred by Job Centre Plus but there are many unemployed residents from Grimsbury, Neithrop and Ruscote.

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