A ‘work club’ is being proposed to support those looking for jobs in Helston and on the Lizard Peninsula.
The idea has been discussed by the policy, finance and resources committee of Helston Town Council in reaction to the news that the town’s job centre was to close on Fridays.
Councillors met with Helston Jobcentre Plus manager Alan Pascoe, advisor Paul Blaber and Mike Dann, Cornwall’s operations partnership manager to find out more.
Mr Dann said that work clubs were not put on by Jobcentre Plus, but brought together like-minded people who had no other place to meet up.
They could support each other and receive training in interview techniques and producing CVs, as well as look for jobs.
While Jobcentre Plus could give up to £5,000 towards IT equipment it was unable to pay for running expenses such as rent and could not fund employment costs.
Mr Pearce suggested that any work club in Helston should be held on a day when Jobcentre Plus was open, so members could visit both places in one day. He added that the Helston Jobcentre Plus building was leased and the landlord would not agree to it being used for a work club.
The Adult Education Unit based on Helston Community College grounds was put forward as a possible location, before committee chair Justine Hornsby suggested that the South Kerrier Alliance might be interested in such a project.
Councillors agreed to contact the SKA to discuss the idea in principle, with Ms Hornsby abstaining from the vote.