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Volunteers knock on doors to help get jobless back into work

PUBLISHED: 12:40 31 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:55 05 October 2010

Volunteer on doorstep as part of City's jobs project

Volunteer on doorstep as part of City's jobs project

A THREE-year door to door’ campaign to get people on the dole back into jobs has just completed its three-year run after finding work for 200 men and women. The Spitalfields Employment’ project has been carrying out doorstep support to those struggling to find work in an area with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country

A THREE-year door to door’ campaign to get people on the dole back into jobs has just completed its three-year run after finding work for 200 men and women.

Volunteers running the Spitalfields Employment’ project have been carrying out doorstep outreach’ support to individuals struggling to find work in an area with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

The project begun in January, 2006, by the City Corporation and the Spitalfields Development Group found jobs for 200 people and found places on skill courses for another 260.

It was the largest grant-funded project in the City’s economic regeneration programme for its neighbouring boroughs such as Tower Hamlets, one of 30 schemes focussing on City fringe’ neighbourhoods like Spitalfields and Whitechapel.

The £400,000 project was run for the Corporation by Access to Employment & Training, a charity which sent teams out door knocking’ and speaking to the unemployed on their own doorstep.

Each round of door-knocking came up with 40 to 60 interested people, out of which an average of 10 took part in the courses.

Many have found work in retailing and administration, with others being fixed up in finance, IT, transport, security and childcare.


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