15 December 2016

RBLI opens new community centre in Chatham

Earlier today, RBLI opened a new community centre in Chatham which will enhance services for jobseekers and businesses.

The new centre will provide back-to-work support, personal development courses, money advice programmes and one-to-one confidential advice sessions to help people who are long-term unemployed back into sustainable work. RBLI want to enable local support services to work more closely together and share the space to make support more easily accessible to those who need it.

The move comes as it is announced that RBLI has been selected by the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme, which is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund, to deliver a range of services to help people across Kent and Sussex who have difficulty sustaining employment. 

Centre Manager Chris Hammond said the move to Chatham’s High Street makes the office more visible and will allow RBLI to deliver personalised support to job-seekers through BBO, as well as DWP’s Work Programme, providing jobseekers with specialised support to help them gain sustained work.

He added: “By moving into the town’s centre, we hope to be far more accessible to the public and to our partner organisations, giving us the opportunity to promote the wide range of services we can offer.

“The new premises will be equipped with training rooms that can accommodate group sessions to be delivered by our own in-house trainers and external agencies in order to offer a tailored programme of support to a broad range of people.”

The new hub will also facilitate the new Work Routes employment support programme which is delivered by RBLI in partnership with REED. The programme, aimed at finding the long-term unemployed work, will offer personalised support including financial advice and interview techniques.

The hub is now open at 85 High Street, Chatham.