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And finally …

… we are delighted that our CEO has been shortlisted as a finalist in the East Sussex Women in Business awards. Congratulations Ann.


A right Royal do …

Garden Parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s as a way to recognise and reward public service. Four are held each year, three in London and one at Holyroodhouse, attended by more than 30,000 people in total. Our CEO Ann Gillard was delighted to attend one such event on Tuesday 5 June 2018, along with Prince Charles, his wife the Duchess of Cornwall and sister Princess Anne. At each event around 27,000 cups of tea are served and 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cakes are consumed! … but not all by Ann …


Working for You Week …

We’ve helped thousands of local job-seekers, and now we’re taking our message on to the streets of Eastbourne.

We’ve embarked on a month-long campaign to make our services even better known to people who are looking for work, or are already employed but who are searching for a better opportunity.

We launched our ”Working For You” campaign by handing out leaflets around Bankers’ Corner and the town centre last Friday (June 1). A publicity push – majoring on social media – is also underway in an effort to help improve individual’s and families’ lives.

In our 21-year history, we’ve helped equip thousands of people for work through free programmes which offer the likes of CV writing, confidence building lessons, and help with interview techniques, computers and with making applications.

And now through a unique initiative, we’re breaking new ground in working with selected employers to fill vacancies. In turn, this is increasing the need for additional clients – people already in work but with a different skill base.

Charles Grimaldi, one of our a trustees, said: ”When the alarm clock goes off on a rainy Monday morning, many of us wish we weren’t heading off to work that day.

”But suppose you didn’t have a job, yet really wanted one and had tried to find employment without success, making you feel isolated and lacking in confidence? We know that feeling at People Matter and have helped hundreds of job seekers by equipping them for employment in all kinds of local companies and organisations.”

We offers services completely free and have a team of trained advisors with time to talk. We have close links with employers and are looking to engage with many more as Eastbourne’s employment needs increase through the Arndale shopping centre expansion and the Devonshire Park conference and theatre development.

Said Mr Grimaldi: “Anyone thinking of a change of direction and re-skilling couldn’t be better placed right now, but we all need support at some stage along the way – and that’s where People Matter comes in.”

Job-seekers looking to learn more should contact us on 01323 431289, or visit our offices at 17 Gildredge Road, Eastbourne.


“Working for you”

… on the streets launching our new awareness campaign engaging with employers and jobseekers


We’ve been approved …

as one of the local good causes to benefit from Eastbourne council’s new local lottery. Watch this space for more details on how you can support us once the lottery goes live on 17 May 2018.


Choosie skills …

… ready to help young people and jobseekers explore professions and skills at the Big Futures Show 2018.


Cyber assured …

We are pleased to have been assessed as meeting the Cyber Essentials scheme and have been awarded a Certificate of Assurance from April 2018


In the press: “Tireless help for job seekers”

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]


Hot off the press

Read our latest news and announcements in our NEWSLETTER March 2018


Above and beyond …

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.


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