Clean ups help Chris’ job hunt

A resident has answered the call and got stuck in with community clean ups throughout the borough.

Chris Sharples from Darwen has been a keen volunteer in the Council’s Your Call clean ups in his local area like those at Darwen Cemetery.

He heard about the clean ups by attending local job clubs where groups of people get together on a regular basis to support each other through the job hunting process.

Chris, 24, was previously a resident of James Street, a £3.5m supported housing scheme for single homeless people.

He has since moved into his own flat and is looking to put his volunteering experience to good use.

He said: “I lived at James Street originally, I stayed there for ten months and then left which I thought was the best option for me, you’ve got to change your life around.

“I've done quite a few clean ups and am looking for a full time cleaning job”.

Work Club attendees like Chris are encouraged to volunteer and get involved with events and activities in their local community like the Your Call community clean ups.

This helps them develop their local knowledge, skills and networks while enhancing their CV and gaining references from voluntary organisations.

Councillor Yusuf Jan-Virmani, Executive Member for Neighbourhood, Housing and Customer Services, said: “Chris is a fine example of the Your Call campaign in action, I’m certain that his volunteering efforts will stand him in good stead when seeking employment.

“The work clubs offer good support for someone to get into work. As a Council, we are committed to promote opportunities for people to do just that.”

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