Horsham District Council, in partnership with Specialist Employment Training and Advice Services (SETAS), is delighted to now offer two new Work Information and Support Hubs (WISH) for the Horsham District.
Since 2018, WISH has successfully operated three WISH hubs on a weekly basis in Billingshurst, Henfield and Southwater, helping more than 30 people find work, and has been helping more than 70 people develop their employability skills. This month sees new hubs open in Horsham and Storrington.
WISH clubs are employment support hubs which effectively provide the same type of support as the Council’s Journey to Work programme, but in a more social and group setting. Those involved state that the good thing about WISH is that anyone aged 18 and over can drop in to discuss their situation, in confidence, and be assured of a warm and sensitive reception from SETAS Co-ordinator Richard Brooks and his team.
Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Cllr Paul Clarke, said: “I am delighted that we are expanding the number of WISH employment hubs we have on offer across the District.
“The clubs have a proven success in getting local jobseekers back into the workplace and provide a welcoming environment to offer support in gaining key job hunting skills.
“I would encourage anyone who is currently out of work to come along to any of our clubs and take advantage of all the help that is available.”
WISH provides the following services:
• Group work sessions, such as CV, letting writing and application form advice
• Connections with local employers and signposting to services across the district
• Workshops on interview skills, confidence and motivation building
• Free access to computers and internet, with on-hand support for those who need it
• Specialist one-to-one advice and guidance if required.
WISH clubs are now available at the following venues:
Horsham Jobcentre Plus (East Street) – Every Monday afternoon (1pm to 4pm)
Billingshurst – Billingshurst Centre (Roman Way) – Tuesday 10am to 1pm – 3 September to 8 October; 26tNovember to 7 January; 25 February to 31 March; 19 May to 23 June.
Southwater – The Lintot pub (upstairs) – Lintot Square – Tuesday 2pm to 5pm – dates same as Billingshurst.
Storrington – Storrington and Sullington Village Hall – Tuesday 10am to 1pm – 15 October to 19 November; 14 January to 18 February; 7 April to 12 May; 30 June to 28 July.
Henfield – Henfield Hall (Coopers Way) – Tuesday 2pm to 5pm – dates same as Storrington.