Community grant for team of volunteers who help jobless

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A team of volunteers who aim to get local people back into work are the latest organisation to be awarded the Express 100 Community Fund cash.

South Kirkby Community Association supports those struggling to find jobs and also offers housing advice, customer service training, IT training and help with debt problems.

Chloe Hawkins, who nominated the group, said: “The people who give their time for such a good cause are so helpful and dedicated. The volunteers put a huge amount of time and effort into supporting their neighbours and raising money to fund the activities. They are a huge asset to the community.”

Peter Buttree, the association’s chairman, said: “This is absolutely gobsmacking. The volunteers put in a tremendous amount of effort as we seek to help people back into employment during tough times.

“We seek to gain partnerships with essential companies to enable us to provide the services we do. It is the partnerships that help us operate.”

The cash will be given to the group by Angela Spencer from the Asda Distribution Centre at South Elmsall which has teamed up with the Express for our year-long campaign to mark our centenary.

To be in with a chance of winning £100 for your group or club, write to Express 100 Community Fund, 1 Front Street, Pontefract,WF8 1BL, or email hemsworth@ywng.co.uk.