Where can I go for help in finding employment?

Starting Point is a place where you can receive free information, advice and guidance on jobs, education and training in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. All services are completely free and they offer assistance and coaching to help you find a job, write a CV or start training – in some instances they can also provide funding to help you get there. Starting Point also run the National Careers Service and ‘Work Clubs’ across St Helens, where you can share experiences with other people who are looking for work. St Helens Chamber (who manage Starting Point) also have a number of courses and initiatives to help people back into work.

The local Job Centre Plus office (2 Central Street, WA10 1UF) provides a wide range of information and help in finding employment, in addition to a live feed of available jobs in the borough. You can also search for a job online or by calling the phone service on 0845 6060 234.

The Job Centre Plus can also refer you on to the Work Programme; providing employment support, financial support and health support if you are claiming ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) or IB (Incapacity Benefit) – further information about the Work Programme can be found by clicking here.

The Hope Centre provides an information, advice and guidance services (called ‘National Careers Servuce’) that helps identify gaps in education and experience and then suggest ways forward to fill the gaps. The Hope Centre also facilitate a weekly ‘Work Club’ where jobseekers can get advice and support on finding work; the group gives people an opportunity to meet others looking for work, build new contacts, share job hunting experiences and receive advice on interview techniques, CVs and volunteering opportunities.

If you have been off work for more than three months due to sickness or a long-term health problem, ProAbility provides a free, confidential mentored work support for those who feel like it would make a difference.

The Apex Charitable Trust seeks to help people with criminal records to obtain appropriate jobs or self-employment by providing them with the skills that they need in the labour market, and by working with employers to break down the barriers to their employment.