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Hotel fire jobs alliance …

Business organisations and community support groups are joining forces to help people whose livelihoods have been put at risk by the devastating Claremont Hotel fire.

In a quickly-assembled alliance, town leaders are working together as a team to support hotel staff and their families, and to try to get them back into work as soon as possible.

At the campaign’s forefront is People Matter, along with the Eastbourne Hospitality Association, the town’s chamber of commerce, the Eastbourne Business Improvement District and Visit Eastbourne – the borough council’s tourism arm.

People whose jobs are affected by the blaze are being urged to make immediate contact with us, either by dropping in at our offices at 6 Saffrons Road (just behind the town hall) or by calling our switchboard on 01323 431289.

Charity chief executive Ann Gillard said: “It was a very sad day losing the Claremont but humbling to see the community come together to help those affected by the fire.

“At People Matter we understand how uncertain the future may seem to some staff. That’s why we are opening our doors with our specialist support to anyone affected.”

Through our qualified and experienced advisers and a specialist Working for You team that actively seeks out opportunities with local employers, we help hundreds of clients back into employment each year.

We have worked on a number of successful job initiatives with the chamber of commerce, whose president Richard Garland said it was also throwing its full weight behind the jobs alliance.

“We know that chamber members will also look to assist where they can and we will be communicating with them shortly,” said Mr Garland.  “We hope that something positive can come out of the horrific destruction and sad loss of this Grade II listed building.”

Eastbourne Hospitality Association’s vice chair, Kristian Hayter, added: “We have reached out to local authorities to create a partnership which will come together to support staff and guests at the Claremont.

“Our main concern now is with the staff. Christmas time is around the corner. Staff will be paid in the short term but one of the things we really want to do is to present them options with local employers.”

Suits and ties …

Many thanks to Jean for her very generous donation of Roy’s suits and ties to help jobseekers with outfits for interviews.

Waitrose Charity of the Month …

we are pleased that Waitrose, Old Town, Eastbourne has chosen People Matter as one of the charities nominated to benefit from their green tokens scheme during November. Please support us by shopping and posting your token for People Matter. The more tokens, the bigger donation we’ll receive …

Charity of the Year

Our team were delighted to be awarded joint winners (with Eastbourne Foodbank) in the Charity of the Year category.

Funds gratefully received

… many thanks to the Rotary Club of Eastbourne for their kind donation to our funds. Cheque presented to Ray Dadswell by President Christine Haniver and Past President David Garlick.

On the move …

After over 20 years at 17 Gildredge Road, we are moving. We will be closed at Gildredge Road 24th-28th June as we pack up and move. From 2nd July our main office will be at 6 Saffrons Road, Eastbourne BN21 1DG (round the corner from the Eastbourne Town Hall).

Our telephone number remains the same: 01323 431289

Our reception email remains the same:

We will continue to run the same range of services (although there may be minor disruption while we settle in to our new premises). We look forward to continuing to support jobseekers with all aspects of job searching, training and career development from our new home.

Pleased to be chosen…

Congratulations to Councillor Steve Wallis on being chosen as Eastbourne’s Mayor for the coming year. We are delighted that Steve has chosen People Matter to be his chosen charity for his mayoral year.

Quizzers extraordinaire …

congratulations to Plummer Parsons for winning the fundraising quiz on 22 May! The event raised a total of £160 for People Matter – thank you to Harte Read for organising, for Cru restaurant for hosting and to everyone who attended

Florists in the making …

many thanks to The Bloom Factory for hosting this fundraising event. Looks like everyone had a ‘bloomin’ good time and raised much needed funds.

Breaking news …

we’ve got it …….. Matrix accreditation for another 3 years, for the information, advice and guidance we give through the National Careers Service contract

We’re very grateful …

to Eastbourne Rotary for their fundraising. President David Garlick presented a cheque for £425.oo to Ann our CEO.

‘Community Spirit’ recognised …

… we are pleased to have received the Business Women Excellence Award 2018 recognising our work helping jobseekers

Waitrose Green Token Scheme …

… we are delighted that just over £500 was raised for our funds. Many thanks to Waitrose and to all the shoppers who supported us.

And finalists …

… we have been selected as one of the 2018 Business Women Excellence Awards – Sussex Edition finalists in the Community Spirits Award category

Celebrating another award …

We are delighted to have won the category for Training and Development at the Eastbourne Business Awards 2018.

Thanks to everyone who supported us – we’ll keep working hard to provide information, advice and guidance to local jobseekers.

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