Work Clubs

One-to-One Employment Support

What can we help with?

Our Employment Support Workers are available for appointments in different locations across south Sheffield. They provide one-to-one support with job searches, improving a CV or creating one from scratch, completing job applications, preparing for job interviews and increasing your confidence after a long period of unemployment.

Learner being helped

Who can we help?

We primarily support people facing barriers finding or returning to work. We can help if you...

  • Have been unemployed for a year or more.
  • Are a work programme returner.
  • Are a lone parent.
  • Are over 50.
  • Have a physical or mental health problem, or a disability.
  • Have caring responsibilities.
  • Are in housing need, such as rent arrears or other financial hardship.
  • Are an ex-offender.
  • Are on ESA.
  • Are a first generation migration.
  • English is not your first language.

If you don't face any of these barriers but are the tenant of a council house or housing association, then you are also eligible for the Work Clubs programme.

Booking an appointment

Our Employment Support Workers are available for appointments at the following locations and times:

Location

Reach Employment and Learning Centre, 187 Blackstock Road S14 1FX
Jordanthorpe Library, Jordanthorpe Centre S8 8DX
Newfield Green Library, Gleadless Road S2 2BT
Greenhill Library, Hemper Lane S8 7FE
Woodseats Library, Chesterfield Road S8 0SH
Heeley City Farm Energy Centre, Richards Road Sheffield, S2 3DT
The Terminus Initiative Cafe, 240 Lowedges Road, S8 7JB

Day and Time

Monday 9am-12pm Tuesday to Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
Monday 10am-1pm Wednesday 10am-4pm
Tuesday 9am-12pm and 1pm-3:30pm Friday 9am-12pm
Friday 10am-4pm
Wednesday 10am-3:30pm (Currently unavailable)
Wednesday 1pm-3:30pm
Thursday 1-3:30pm

Our impact

2017-2018

In 2017-18, we supported 184 people to find and apply for work. 34 of them started new jobs, 30 accessed volunteering opportunities and 12 were referred on to Citizens Advice for debt and benefit advice.

Mark's story

Mark worked as a warehouse manager for a number of years, which he enjoyed greatly. Unfortunately Mark began suffering from a health condition which affected his ability to work for a period of around two years. In July 2016, Mark contacted Reach after seeing a promotion for our work club at Gleadless Library where he met one of Reach’s employment support workers. They worked together to help build Mark’s confidence and work skills including an action plan, CV, interview skills and a referral to complete a counter balance and reach forklift truck licence.  Reach’s employment support worker was able to find a vacancy as a warehouse supervisor during one of their sessions together. Mark had identified this as an area of work that he was interested in moving back into. Reach’s employment support worker helped Mark to complete an application form for the position and helped to prepare him for his interview. A week later Mark was successful in his interview and is now working.

Searching for work: the Reach Employment and Learning Centre

The Reach Employment and Learning Centre is a free resource open Tuesday to Thursday, to enable people to search online for work. The Centre is open from 9:00am to 12:00pm  and 1:00pm to 4:00pm (Closed Mondays and Fridays).

Employment resources

jobcentreguide.co.uk (Advice on CVs, applications, cover letters and interview tips)

prospects.ac.uk (For graduates however there is lots of useful advice and templates for different types of CVs and letters)

totaljobs.com/careers (Lots of advice on CVs and letter templates)

citizensadvice.org.uk (Advice to assist people with money, legal, consumer and other problems)