We are pleased to have been assessed as meeting the Cyber Essentials scheme and have been awarded a Certificate of Assurance from April 2018
After working as a merchandiser within a supermarket for more than 20 years, I made a move to Eastbourne and started to look for a job.
But I found it desperately difficult. It was so frustrating not getting anywhere, and with no responses from employers. It was demoralising. The sense of rejection was crushing.
Then I discovered a charity called People Matter in Gildredge Road. One of their team helped me update my CV and provided me with a covering letter. I then attended some free workshops to help with job searches and applications, and then with interview techniques. They were incredibly useful and made me feel a lot more confident.
And then, again through People Matter, another door opened and I was interviewed by the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce for a role as membership and events co-ordinator. I was thrilled to be offered the part-time job, which has since become a full-time position. They are a great team and I am so happy there. Six months on and those difficult days seem a long time ago. I just wanted to say a big thank you to People Matter. What they did for me was brilliant. And they are doing if for many other people, too, and without charge. They are a charity that works tirelessly at getting people into work – and increasingly helping people who are already employed to find the new opportunity they are seeking. They did so much to get me back on my feet – and could do the same for others. Thank you People Matter. And thank you Chamber of Commerce.
JILL BENJAFIELD, Rotunda Road
Extract from the Eastbourne Herald [Friday 23 March 2018]
Read our latest news and announcements in our NEWSLETTER March 2018
Our CEO and members of the Eastbourne Strategic Partnership were treated to a guided tour behind the scenes of the building of the new Arndale Centre – to be known as the Beacon. Over the coming months, we are looking forward to working with employers and helping to identify job opportunities for local job seekers.
People Matter staff and volunteers received training in Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder on 9 March 2018. We are now aware of the Stress Alert Card scheme and the sensory challenges faced by people with autism.
We hope to put our training into good use by working with local employers to support clients with autism into employment.
at the Eastbourne day of prayer 2018 … to share our hope of equipping people for employment
We recently carried out fire safety training for all staff. Understanding the sources of fire and identifying any potential hazards and risks in our building. Following on from this, we’re reviewing our policy and putting a few extra safety procedures in place.
The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne kindly hosted us for a cream tea as part of our 20th anniversary celebrations. On this occasion, we were joined by Sandy Medway our founder, who gave an inspiring presentation on what led her to start the charity all those year’s ago and also a flavour of her journey since then and the activities she is currently involved in.
Intrepid walker Verena Leppard and members of her family recently undertook a walk across a number of London bridges and have donated £85 from funds raised to People Matter. We are grateful to Verena and her team.
Grateful thanks to Judith Moore who completed a sponsored swim of 100 lengths at the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne and raised almost £300 for People Matter. Judith was accompanied by Kathryn Anderson another of our loyal supporters.