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2010

 

 

Working 4U and Jobcentre plus event - Welland
UNEMPLOYED residents are set to receive a helping hand in finding work thanks to a partnership between a city landlord and Jobcentre Plus.
Cross Keys Homes and Jobcentre Plus will be holding a special event on Thursday (November 11), from 10am to 3pm outside Cross Keys Homes neighbourhood office (north and east) Scalford Drive in Welland.
Unemployed residents will be able to seek advice on interview skills, completing application forms, writing a CV and gain access to free training opportunities. The event follows the successful launch earlier this year of the housing association's £100,000 'Working 4 U' campaign which is part funded by the East of England Development Agency and aimed at tackling unemployment in three of Peterborough's highest unemployment areas.
Cross Keys Homes' director of operations, Claire Higgins, said: "We are really pleased that this event is taking place. Tackling unemployment is a key part of our community strategy because we are very aware of the impact unemployment has on families and their communities. We have spent a lot of time in planning the day and making sure it appeals to those seeking work in areas of the city where unemployment is high. It's an exciting project and thanks must go to Peterborough's Jobcentre Plus team who have been heavily involved in the thinking behind it as well as the practicalities of the event.
"We hope those looking for work will come along and take advantage of the support and information we are making available on the day."
Cross Keys Homes' community programme manager, Ruth Mingay, added: "The aim of this event is to talk to as many people as we can who are struggling to find employment and provide support to help them learn new skills so that they can find a job locally."
For further information about this event, contact Ruth Mingay on: 01733 396441.
For further information on Cross Keys Homes, visit: www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk

Notes to editor:
About EEDA

The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is the driving force behind sustainable economic regeneration in the East of England: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. EEDA's vision is for the East of England to be an ideas driven region that is internationally competitive, harnesses the talent of all and is at the forefront of the low carbon economy. For further information www.eeda.org.uk
Working 4U and Jobcentre plus event in Orton Gate
UNEMPLOYED residents are set to receive a helping hand in finding work thanks to a partnership between a city landlord and Jobcentre Plus.
Cross Keys Homes and Jobcentre Plus will be holding a special event on Monday (25), from 10am to 3pm at Orton Gate shopping centre car park in Orton Goldhay.
Unemployed residents will be able to seek advice on interview skills, completing application forms, writing a CV and gain access to free training opportunities.
The event follows the successful launch earlier this year of the housing association's £100,000 'Working 4 U' campaign which is part funded by the East of England Development Agency and aimed at tackling unemployment in three of Peterborough's highest unemployment areas.
Cross Keys Homes' director of operations, Claire Higgins, said: "We are really pleased to be holding this event which follows on from a similar one we did last month in Westwood.
"Tackling unemployment is a key part of our community strategy because we are very aware of the impact unemployment has on families and the wider communities. We have spent a lot of time planning the day carefully and making sure it appeals to those seeking work in areas of the city where unemployment is high. It's an exciting project and thanks must go to Peterborough's Jobcentre Plus team who have been heavily involved in the thinking behind it as well as supporting practicalities of the event.
"We hope those looking for work will come along and take advantage of the support and information we are making available on the day and that they benefit from it by securing an employment opportunity in the future."
Cross Keys Homes' community programme manager, Ruth Mingay, added: "The aim of this event is to talk to as many people as we can who are struggling to find employment and provide support to help them learn new skills so that they can find a job locally."
For further information about this event, contact Ruth Mingay on: 01733 396441.
For further information on Cross Keys Homes, visit: www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk
Working 4U and Jobcentre plus event
UNEMPLOYED residents are set to receive a helping hand in finding work thanks to a partnership between a city landlord and Jobcentre Plus.
Cross Keys Homes and Jobcentre Plus will be holding a special event on Friday (17), from 10am to 3pm at Hampton Court shopping parade in Westwood.
Unemployed residents will be able to seek advice on interview skills, completing application forms, writing a CV and gain access to free training opportunities.
The event follows the successful launch earlier this year of the housing association's £100,000 'Working 4 U' campaign which is part funded by the East of England Development Agency and aimed at tackling unemployment in three of Peterborough's highest unemployment areas.
Cross Keys Homes' director of operations, Claire Higgins, said: "We are really pleased that this event is taking place. Tackling unemployment is a key part of our community strategy because we are very aware of the impact unemployment has on families and their communities. We have spent a lot of time in planning the day and making sure it appeals to those seeking work in areas of the city where unemployment is high. It's an exciting project and thanks must go to Peterborough's Jobcentre Plus team who have been heavily involved in the thinking behind it as well as the practicalities of the event.
"We hope those looking for work will come along and take advantage of the support and information we are making available on the day."
Cross Keys Homes' community programme manager, Ruth Mingay, added: "The aim of this event is to talk to as many people as we can who are struggling to find employment and provide support to help them learn new skills so that they can find a job locally."
For further information about this event, contact Ruth Mingay on: 01733 396441.
For further information on Cross Keys Homes, visit: www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk

Notes to editor:
About EEDA

The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is the driving force behind sustainable economic regeneration in the East of England: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. EEDA's vision is for the East of England to be an ideas driven region that is internationally competitive, harnesses the talent of all and is at the forefront of the low carbon economy. For further information www.eeda.org.uk
Cross Keys Homes launches 'Working 4U' in Orton
UNEMPLOYED residents living in Orton are set to benefit from a support and guidance campaign being launched to help them get them back into work.
The launch is the second phase project funded jointly by Cross Keys Homes and the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) to the tune of £150,000. EEDA's investment has been made as part of a joint programme of work with Peterborough City Council to help people over come barriers to employment.
The first phase of Working 4 U took place in Westwood and proved to be a huge success with many people being signed up. From these applicants 78 per cent said they now feel more positive about finding a new job.
The launch event is on Wednesday, August 18, at the Orton Gate Shopping Centre. Residents are invited to find out what the taster sessions will involve, find out more about the project and sign up for one to one employment support. There will various organisations on hand to give advice on employment related issues.
Cross Keys Homes' community programme manager, Ruth Mingay, said: "The aim of these sessions is to help improve people's confidence and self worth and therefore increase their ability to find a job locally."
The housing association has partnered with Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service, Job Centre Plus, Business Link, Peterborough City Council, City College and Next Step to deliver the sessions.
Working 4 U co-ordinator, Keith Locke, said: "We are hoping that many people will turn up to this launch event to find out more about this exciting project. Working 4 U can help with skills such as writing a successful CV and interview techniques, how to prepare for an interview, as well as taster sessions in a whole range of employment opportunities."
Cross Keys Homes' director of operations, Claire Higgins, said: "This project forms a key part of our community strategy which is aimed at tackling increasing levels of unemployment among our residents. We hope that this phase will be as successful as the previous one where were thrilled by its success in terms of getting people into work or training and the subsequent effect this had on the confidence and self esteem of those involved and their families."
For further information contact Keith Locke on: 01733 396435 or visit www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk Press contact: Hayley Roan, sales and marketing manager: 01733 396415.

Note to editors:
About EEDA

The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is the driving force behind sustainable economic regeneration in the East of England: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. EEDA's vision is for the East of England to be an ideas driven region that is internationally competitive, harnesses the talent of all and is at the forefront of the low carbon economy. For further information www.eeda.org.uk
Opportunity Knocks - Paston
UNEMPLOYED residents living in Paston are being offered the chance to attend a free course to help them get back into employment.
This is the third course that the city's largest landlord, Cross Keys Homes, has provided following the success of the training sessions held in Westwood and Bretton.
The housing association is encouraging all residents who are thinking about getting back into employment to come along to these free, fun and informal sessions to build their confidence and skills.
The sessions will provide support with finding training as well as helping people to think about their future.
The sessions are being funded through the Learning and Skills Council with the Peterborough College of Adult Education providing a tutor to run the sessions. The course runs over eight weeks.
Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service is also helping to find work placements and the Children Centre has come on board to provide free child care while residents who have children attend the sessions.
Cross Keys Homes' community programme manager, Ruth Mingay, said: "We would like to encourage residents who are looking to get back into employment and increase their skills and confidence to come and join this course.
"Those who have already attended the previous courses we have run have benefited a lot from the sessions.
"We know times are difficult for people seeking work at the moment and want to do everything we can to help our residents back into work."
Michael Bines who attend the sessions in Westwood said: "I really enjoyed working with the group of people who started out as strangers but became my friends.
"The Opportunity Knocks' journey helped me with my confidence, motivation and helped with my job search".
The sessions will be held every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm-2.45pm at the Paston Ridings School.
For further details contact Ruth Mingay at Cross Keys Homes on: 01733 396441. For further information on Cross Keys Homes visit: www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk
Job club
A FREE job club is being held for people who are looking for employment.
The sessions are being run by Cross Keys Homes at its community hub in Westwood as part of its Working 4U project which is funded by the East of England Development agency (EEDA).
The sessions are aimed at helping unemployed people access free advice, information and career guidance as well as receiving support in their job search.
The job club is held every Monday, from 10.30am to midday at 31-35 Hampton Court in Westwood and residents can pop along to one of these sessions whenever they can or feel that they need to.
Anyone interested in attending or would like further information, should call: 01733 396441.
Project to help the unemployed
A FREE taster session is being held for people who are interested in learning catering or manual skills.
The session is being run by Cross Keys Homes at its community hub in Westwood as part of its £63K Working 4U project aimed at helping unemployed people access free advice, information and career guidance.
The session is on Wednesday (March 3) from 12 to 3pm at 31-35 Hampton Court, Westwood.
Anyone interested in attending the taster session should call Working 4 U coordinator, David Thomas, on: 01733 396433.
Project to help the unemployed
A FREE taster session is being held for people who are interested in a career in care, childcare and the health profession.
The session is being run by Cross Keys Homes at its community hub in Westwood as part of its £63K Working 4U project aimed at helping unemployed people access free advice, information and career guidance.
The session is on Friday, (February 26) from 12 to 3pm at 31-35 Hampton Court in Westwood.
Anyone interested in attending the taster session should call Working 4 U coordinator, David Thomas, on: 01733 396433.
Project to help the unemployed
A FREE taster session is being held for people who are interested in a career in administration.
The session is being run by Cross Keys Homes at its community hub in Westwood as part of its £63K Working 4U project aimed at helping unemployed people access free advice, information and career guidance.
The session is on Friday, (March 5) from 12 to 3pm at 31-35 Hampton Court in Westwood.
Anyone interested in attending the taster session should call Working 4 U coordinator, David Thomas, on: 01733 396433.
Opportunity Knocks celebration event
RESIDENTS living in Westwood are being invited to attend a free community celebration which will highlight the success of a learning and skills course for unemployed people.
The event on Friday (29) is being held to mark the successful completion of Cross Keys Homes' 10-week programme called Opportunity Knocks, which was delivered through Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities funding via the Learning and Skills Council.
The course was completed by seven participants from Westwood and has helped them to build confidence and gain valuable employment skills.    
The event has been organised by the course students to enable them to put some of their new skills into practice.
There will be a disco, quiz, raffle and light refreshments, as well as a fancy dress competition for children aged between two and 12-years-old. Certificates will also be presented to all those who took part in the programme on the night.
Cross Keys Homes' community programme manager, Ruth Mingay, said: "We hope many people will come along to this free event and help celebrate along with the people who successfully completed this course and their families."
The event is at Stafford Hall in Westwood, from 7pm to 11pm on Friday.
If you would like to attend, make sure you get your free entrance ticket from Cross Keys Homes' community hub, 31-35 Hampton Court, Westwood. For further details contact Ruth Mingay on: 01733 396441. Tickets are limited.
Due to the success of this programme, Cross Keys Homes will also be running another course in Bretton at the end of February. A launch event will take place on Saturday, January 30, between 1pm and 3pm at Bretton Children's Centre for people to find out more.
For further information on Cross Keys Homes visit: www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk
Working 4 U launch events
Helping people to gain new skills and valuable employment experience

Thursday, January 21, 12pm – 4pm
Cross Keys Homes' community hub
31-35 Hampton Court
Westwood
Peterborough PE3 7JB
* MP Stewart Jackson will be attending this launch event at 12.30pm

Tuesday, January 26, 12pm – 4pm
Honeyhill community and children's centre
150 Chadburn
Paston
Peterborough PE4 7DH

Tuesday, February 2, 12pm – 4pm
Pyramid Centre
Watergall
Bretton
Peterborough PE3 8NZ

Thursday, January 14, 2010:
Cross Keys Homes launches 'Working 4 U'

THE city's largest housing association is launching a £63,000 campaign aimed at providing unemployed people with free advice, information and career guidance to help them gain new employment skills.
The project is provided by Cross Keys Homes and funded by the East of England Development Agency to tackle unemployment in three of Peterborough's highest unemployment areas. The housing association has partnered with Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service, Job Centre Plus, Business Link, Peterborough City Council, Peterborough College of Adult Education and Next Step to deliver these valuable sessions.
The main launch event on Thursday (January 21) at the Working 4 U head quarters in Hampton Court, Westwood will be attended by the Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson. Residents are invited to take part in taster sessions as well as find out what sessions will entail and sign up to them.
Business Link is offering the chance for budding entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to a panel of key city business people akin to the BBC's Dragons' Den programme. Successful candidates will not only receive support for their ideas but will also receive a prize.
Cross Keys Homes' community programme manager, Ruth Mingay, said: "The aim of these sessions is to help improve employability and increase people's opportunities in finding a job locally."
Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service's Working 4 U co-ordinator, David Thomas, said "We are hoping that many people will turn up to these free drop-in sessions to learn news skills such as writing a successful CV and interview techniques, as well as guidance on their career opportunities."

The free launch events are taking place on:

Thursday, January 21, 12pm – 4pm
at Working 4 U head quarters
31-35 Hampton Court
Westwood
Peterborough PE3 7JB

Tuesday, January 26, 12pm – 4pm
at Honeyhill community and children's centre
Chadburn
Paston
Peterborough PE4 7DH

Tuesday, February 2, 12pm – 4pm
at Pyramid Centre
Watergall
Bretton
Peterborough PE3 8NZ

For further information on any of the drop-in sessions contact Ruth Mingay or David Thomas on: 01733 396441.
Press contact: Katie Taylor, Communications and marketing manager: 01733 385116.

 

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Opportunity knocks - Paston
RESIDENTS living in Paston are being invited to attend a free event to discuss their future employment opportunities.
Cross Keys Homes is encouraging residents who are thinking about their future to come along to this fun and free event to discuss employment and skills training.
The event will launch an employment and skills course entitled Opportunity Knocks to help Cross Keys Homes' residents get back into work. Activities at the event will include makeovers and style tips, a photography workshop, children's activities and a speed football competition. Free gifts and goodies will also be available to take home.
Cross Keys Homes' community programme manager, Ruth Mingay, said: "We would like to encourage residents who have been out of work for some time to come along and discuss getting back into work. Residents can then, if they wish, go on to complete a course designed to help people back into work."
"We know times are difficult for people seeking work at the moment and want to do everything we can to help our residents back into work."
The launch event will be held on Friday, September 11, from 10am – 2pm at the Honeyhill Centre, Paston.
For further details contact Ruth Mingay at Cross Keys Homes on 01733 396441.
For further information on Cross Keys Homes visit www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk
Grow it – cook it – eat it – Hampton Court, Westwood
RESIDENTS are being invited to get into the spirit of all things Green with the grow it – cook it – eat it mini events across the city. These events are part of this year's Green Festival which starts on Saturday, May 23 through to Sunday, June 7.
Peterborough's largest landlord, Cross Keys Homes, has organised a 'grow it – cook it – eat it' event for families living in Westwood on Tuesday, May 26 from 3pm to 5pm.
The charitable housing association has teamed-up with Lite FM who will be broadcasting live from Hampton Court, Westwood. Cross Keys Homes will be handing out free seeds and goodies at the event and various demonstrations will be taking place through out the day.
Ruth Mingay, community programme manager at Cross Keys Homes said: "The aim of this event is to encourage people to grow their own fruit and vegetables, think more about healthy eating to suit all budgets as well as considering environmental issues.
This will be a great opportunity to bring the community together and get people thinking about a healthier life style. By working in partnership with PECT we hope to promote the grow it – cook it – eat it theme across our neighbourhoods."
For further information about Cross Keys Homes and the Grow it – cook it – eat it events visit: www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk
Opportunity Knocks
Peterborough's largest housing association, Cross Keys Homes, is holding two events in Eastfield, Peterborough for residents to come along and find out about opportunities for employment and learning.
Ruth Mingay, community programme delivery manager at Cross Keys Homes said:
"In this difficult economic climate this is a chance for tenants and local residents to come along and speak to different organisations about opportunities for getting back into employment, and ways to increase training and skills.
We want to find out what learning and training opportunities people are interested in, which will lead into a programme of learning and training events in the area. These will be run in partnership with the local colleges to increase opportunities for the communities in which we work".
Various local organisations will be attending the event to give practical advice and let people know what opportunities are out there for people who are looking for work or considering learning courses. Orgaisations attending the venet include: Job Centre Plus staff; Peterborough Volunteer Service; Peterborough Regional College and Hayes Recruitment amongst others.
Refreshments and activities for the kids will be provided. The events are being held on June 3 at Saxon Road Community Centre, Eastfield from 10am-12pm and June 12 at East Community Centre, Eastfield from 12pm-2pm.
For further information on Cross Keys Homes visit www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk