Volunteers in Orpington have decided to try help out the unemployed in their town by teaching them key skills to find jobs.

The Orpington Job Club started last week on June 12 and is aimed at reducing poverty and unemployment in the town.

It was launched by the local Unity Church and Terry Down, who manages the job club, said it will offer practical support for those without work in Orpington.

He said: “This is a very helpful and worthwhile undertaking for the local churches in Orpington to commit to.

“Many unemployed people can feel frustrated and isolated, especially if they have been out of work for any length of time.

“This new Job Club will aim to give people back their pride and to give them hope for a better future.

“Statistics show that CAP Job Clubs are up to 7 times more successful, in getting people into employment, than some government-commissioned work schemes.”

The Job Club is on each week at the church for an eight week course and Mr Down said he hoped this would be the first of many for Orpington.

To find out more about CAP Job Clubs or to book your place at the Orpington Job Club, please visit capjobclubs.org or telephone 0800 328 006.