SCORES of city residents are getting back into work, thanks to charity funding.
Since receiving a share of £70,000 in June, Pallion Action Group (Pag) has seen the number of people accessing its job club rise to 130 per week.
The cash boost was given by Sunderland City Council’s West Area Committee Strategic Initiatives Budget.
It has helped to increase the number of job club sessions at the charity’s base, in East Moor Road, to three a week and develop an outreach programme in Pennywell, South Hylton and Silksworth.
Community development worker at Pag, Karen Wood, said the results are snowballing.
“There is a buzz about it,” she said. “More people are getting jobs and people are getting inspired.
“We are getting more people in because of the library closures, and also when people hear about the results we are getting, they are coming in.”
Fifteen people have so far secured jobs, while 10 new people are registering with the job club each week, to get help with everything from applying for benefits, to writing CVs and taking part in training courses.
Organisations, including the National Careers Service and Fiscus also drop into the sessions to give people advice.
European Social Funding is also helping to run a skills project, the LA7 Youth Project, to help give Neet youngsters (Not in Education Employment or Training) job inspiration. There are 25 young people on the course, with 24 previously having progressed into education, employment or training.
Karen added: “We are all about finding them something which is going to be sustainable and something that they’re passionate about.”