New Weston-super-Mare hub to 'give everyone a chance' to get back into employment

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 May 2017

Team North Somerset at the official launch of the hub.

Team North Somerset at the official launch of the hub.

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A North Somerset organisation has this week celebrated the opening of a brand new hub in Weston, as it aims to get more people in the town back into work so 'nobody is left behind'.

Team North Somerset works with vulnerable and disadvantaged people who have struggled to gain employment and since 2014 has helped more than 200 people find work.

Team North Somerset collaborates with a number of organisations, including Weston College, North Somerset Council and Alliance Homes.

As part of its growth, it has worked hard over the past few months to ensure a new wellbeing and work hub, which is based in The Carlton Centre, in Carlton Street. was ready for opening.

The centre will run regular careers and work clubs as well as group activity sessions.

However, a complete refurbishment of the room was needed with work including a new kitchen area, painting of the walls and woodwork and fitting new flooring.

This has all been made possible due to donations from local organisations, as well as Team North Somerset partners.

The hub will deliver a new programme called Building Better Opportunities.

This will provide support and advice about the range of options available to people.

These include apprenticeships, volunteering, education and employment and the programme is funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.

Charles Walker, chairman of the North Somerset Partnership Board, which supports Team North Somerset, said: “We look forward to supporting lots of people through this programme, and believe that everyone should be given a chance and that nobody should be left behind.

“This achievement has been largely due to significant partnership working and valuable support from employers.”

Team North Somerset told the Mercury it wanted to express a special thanks to Alliance Homes for funding the refurbishment, as well as Weston College, Greggs, Howdens of Warmley, Biddescombes Floors and Interiors, APH Builders, Shaun at Cosy Homes and Rapide Systems, who all contributed to the refurbishment project.

The Wellbeing and Work Hub starts its delivery of the programme today (Thursday).

If you would like to get in touch with Team North Somerset, you can contact them by calling 01934 411573, or visit www.weston.ac.uk/team-north-somerset

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