Going it alone

… a beginner’s guide to starting your own business. Written by Jane Bwye our Client Adviser,  specialisist in providing advice and support to jobseekers thinking about starting their own business. Copies of this step-by-step guide are available from our office and with proceeds from sales supporting People Matter.

and the winner was …

our very own CEO – Ann Gillard, Mentor of the Year 2018, East Sussex Women in Business Awards

Congratulations and thanks for all you do … from all at People Matter

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.


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.

Autism aware …

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.

Set up and ready …

at the Eastbourne day of prayer 2018 … to share our hope of equipping people for employment

We’re all fired up …

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.

Continuing our Celebrations …

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.

Walking for charities …

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.

Swim-athon completed …

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.

Thanks …

a big thank you to Eastbourne Rotary for their kind donation of £500 to support our work

Happy Anniversary to us!

We recently held a Vintage Tea in celebration of being established and serving the Eastbourne and Wealden job seeking community for the past 20 years. Around 80 people gathered at Victoria Baptist Church, including The Worshipful the Mayor Councillor Pat Hearn and Philip Hearn her Consort. We were all treated to a sumptuous cream tea, prepared and served by a new local company ‘The Vintage Kitchen‘.

Congratulations to ….

students from Cavendish, Moira House and Ringmer secondary schools who came joint top in our ‘Great Interview Challenge’ competition at the Big Futures Show.

They all managed to correctly sort 16 interview skills and behaviours in just 8 seconds! – surely some great employees of the future.

Interested in art or photography?

You can support our work by buying tickets to win a Barry Wilson original painting or a stunning picture-sized photograph mounted on canvas by Jonathan Webley. The combined value of these two prizes is £2,765.  The closing date to purchase tickets online is 12 noon on Monday 27th March; or 12 noon on Thursday 30th March at our offices in Gildredge Road. The draw will take place at 12 noon on 31st March at The Grand Hotel and we will contact you if you have won.

We loved it …

Thanks to the St Elisabeth’s Church and all those involved in the ‘Yule Love It’ event. We have received a cheque for £600.

Community Chest Award

Thanks to the Hall & Woodhouse community chest fund for voluntary organisations in the south of England. We have received a cheque for £1,400 towards our Confidence building workshop.

Who let the dogs out? …

A dedicated band of walkers and their dogs recently completed a trail around Friston Forest raising much needed funds for People Matter.

Congratulations …

Congratulations to Jane Steen – winner of the Super Senior category at the Eastbourne Achievers Awards 2016 for her work as a volunteer here at People Matter for the last 13 years and for 25 years in the Girl Guides movement in the Eastbourne area. Jane is also an active member of All Saints Church involved in Prime Time – a group for older people and also as a welcomer, lesson reader and coffee maker. Jane also volunteers at the Eastbourne winter night shelter during December to February. At People Matter, we are grateful to Jane for keeping our day to day finances in order and for her cycling fund raising exploits too.


Who you gonna call?

If you fall down hurt …

or you feel unwell …

who you gonna call? …

First Aiders!

Ann, Jo, Amanda and Carol recently successfully completed Emergency First Aid at Work course.

Thanks to Phil from PJB Training Ltd.

Here’s the after and before photos!


Volunteer Opportunity

Can you spare a few hours each week to help at People Matter?

We currently have the following volunteer opportunity in our main office in Gildredge Road, Eastbourne


Daily Help (Domestic Assistant)

Our current post holder is retiring in August. Could you help with keeping our offices spick and span?

Our offices are on three floors and we need help with cleaning, hoovering, checking and refilling supplies, loading and unloading the dishwasher and other domestic duties.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Carol Hyatt, HR Officer for more information, email: carol@people-matter.org.uk

Supporting Local People into Construction Employment

Chris Browne Builders, specialising in school construction works has recently completed the new state-of-the-art sports hall facility at St Andrew’s Prep, Meads, Eastbourne.  This development was subject to a local labour agreement supporting local business and people.  To enable ongoing assistance to those looking for employment in the construction industry, Chris Browne Builders made a donation to People Matter.

Chris Browne said ‘We are pleased to support those looking to secure employment and a career in construction.  Some of my staff started on an apprenticeship and others have joined us after a career change and are still with us many years later.  The construction industry offers many career paths and there are opportunities to develop skills whilst working.  With the level of development and regeneration taking place in the south east, construction is a good career choice.’

Photograph of Ann Gillard, General Manager of People Matter receiving the donation from Chris Browne.

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