Project to help Leigh women find work gets £1,000 boost

Project to help Leigh women find work gets £1,000 boost

Project to help Leigh women find work gets £1,000 boost

First published in North West

A PROJECT that helps disadvantaged women back to work has received a helping hand from a Leigh-based business.

Adactus Housing Association (AHA) is supporting the Just the Job project, which is run by a group of volunteers from Soroptimist International Leigh and District and aims to help women from disadvantaged backgrounds or on low incomes to access employment.

They offer fun and interactive workshops which are specially designed to help build women’s confidence and self-esteem.

Dorothy Bowker, Chair Lady from Just the Job said: “For some of our clients attending an interview can be terrifying, especially if they have been out of work for a long time.

“After working with us, clients leave with renewed self-esteem and the confidence to tackle the world of work.”

The workshops cover a variety of topics from CV writing and interviewing techniques to personal styling and make-up tips.

On completion of the course the clients are able to loan smart clothing to wear for any forthcoming interviews.

The project relies heavily on donations from the public and at times has difficulty catering for all the different sizes and shapes of their clients.

AHA awarded the project a neighbourhood fund grant of £1,000 to purchase new clothes and hangers and rails.

Lindsay Greenhalgh, neighbourhood development officer at AHA, said: “Just the Job is what the neighbourhood fund is all about.

“It is a fantastic project helping build women’s confidence and self-esteem and ultimately make a positive contribution to society.”

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