You may want to:
- find work
- gain skills, experience or qualifications to help you find work
- learn new skills, take up a new hobby and meet new people
- volunteer in your local community.
Whatever you are looking to do there are lots of opportunities across Staffordshire and organisations offering help and support
When you are looking for a job there is a wide range of support available. This includes support with job searchs, wriitng CV’s, learning interview techniques, applying for jobs, how to apply for training and apprenticeships, work experience and in-work support.
You can also telephone your local office and make an appointment or pop in and talk to someone face to face.
There are organisations listed on Staffordshire Connects that help can you find work and offer advice. Some can offer specialist support if you are deaf, blind, have sight or hearing loss, have learning disabilities.
Work Clubs are held usually held in libraries and aim to help people in to work. The clubs are free drop-in sessions and are currently held weekly. Ask your local library staff about dates and times.
All Staffordshire libraries have access to the internet where jobseekers can search, and apply for jobs. There are free online resources to help with writing CVs, and many libraries have friendly IT buddy volunteers who can offer a 1:1 service in helping to find and apply for work. They can signpost to high quality information and specialist organisations too.
Skills and learning
The adult and community learning service offer a wide range courses and work closely with the local libraries where you access the computers free of charge. Phone: 01543 510710 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve never really used a computer before but want to learn, the adult and community learning service provide basic computer skills courses all over Staffordshire.
You can attend a course to learn about using computers to communicate with friends and to search for information online.
There are also many groups and clubs that you can join to learn new skills such as arts, crafts, sports and much much more.
To find a group near you visit Staffordshire Connects. You can then narrow the search to see the groups in your area. All groups offer different services so contact your nearest group to find out how they can help you.
Volunteering allows you to get involved and make a difference in the county.
The UK’s national volunteering database, Do-it.org makes it easy for anyone to volunteer in their community.
There are also lots of organisations listed on Staffordshire Connects that provide volunteering opportunities.
Support Staffordshire is a nationally quality accredited volunteer centre service through the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). They offer a free, friendly and confidential face to face, telephone and online service - helping people to find opportunities that suit their lifestyle and interests.
Help getting out and about
You may want to do more but struggle with transport. There are options which could help you
Some areas in Staffordshire have community transport schemes that you can use to get out and about such as visiting your local dentist, doctor or hair dresser.
To find a scheme near you visit Staffordshire Connects and choose from a scheme in your local area.
Wheels to work
Staffordshire County Council are able to offer you moped loans, interest free loans for a bicycle, personal travel plans and travel vouchers that can help you get to work.
Shopmobility is a service that can help those with mobility problems to get around town centres independently, with freedom, confidence and dignity.
The National Federation of Shop Mobility has a directory where you find your nearest scheme.
You do not have to be registered as disabled, have a blue badge, or be in receipt of disability benefits to take advantage of any Shopmobility service.
Bus passes and planning a journey
Once you reach state pension age you can have a bus pass which gives you free off-peak travel on local buses. Adults with disabilities may also be able to apply.
If you need information about planning a journey by train or bus, you can find information on the Staffordshire County Council website.
There are links to bus and train timetables, as well as updates to bus services and how to apply for a bus pass.
Blue Badge scheme
Blue badges are for drivers, passengers or children with severe mobility problems and for those who are registered blind.
You can apply online for a blue badge on the Staffordshire Council website.