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Thousands set to benefit as new work and skills hub comes to Heywood

12 November 2021

A mentor and student in discussion.

A new work and skills hub will be throwing open its doors in Heywood next week (wc 15 November 2021).

The new face-to-face service is the latest offer in Rochdale borough's growing work and skills provision, which aims to ensure that nobody is left behind, regardless of their circumstances.

The provision, which is free to access, will be based in Heywood library, 4 days a week and aims to support people with things like:

  • Getting into work
  • Retraining and changing career
  • Accessing digital support and free use of laptops and tablets
  • The use of free clothes for interviews and work experience
  • Advice for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) 
  • Help with live jobs searches and linking up with local employers
  • Information about local volunteering opportunities

The service, being delivered by the council with partners, including Rochdale Training and Hopwood Hall College, will also support people with range of other issues, such as debt and benefits advice, health and wellbeing support and help to access good quality housing.

The hub is designed to bring together a range of expertise and support from different agencies under one roof, and is aimed at helping people in an informal and relaxed environment.

'Since the start of this calendar year, our work and skills team have supported almost 1,100 residents'

Councillor John Blundell, cabinet member for economy at Rochdale Borough Council, said: "This fantastic new resource is for anybody who wants advice and support which will help them to fulfil their potential. Some people will need a quick chat, while others will need intensive help before they're even ready to even think about getting into work and training.

"By bringing different experts together in one place, we can ensure people get what they need without being passed between different agencies. Everyone who comes in will be given help which is tailored specifically to their needs and everything the team are told will be treated in confidence.

"Since the start of this calendar year, our work and skills team, have supported almost 1,100 residents. There's a huge demand for the help they offer, which has understandably increased during the pandemic. I'm really proud that our officers have been able to help so many people and this brilliant new resource will enable them to reach even more in the months and years to come."

The new opening follows the creation of a similar hub on the Strand in Kirkholt, which has supported 50 people since it opened in September.

The new hub will be open every Monday to Thursday at Heywood Library

The Heywood work and skills hub opens on 15 November 2021 and will be open every Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 4pm, in Heywood Library in Lance Corporal Stephen Shaw M C Way, Heywood OL10 1LL. Find Heywood Library on Google Maps

People can simply drop on or make an appointment in advance if they prefer.

Residents can get in touch with the council's work and skills team in the following ways.