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Job-hunters a click closer to finding work thanks to new computers

A community hall in Birmingham has netted £5,000 to invest in new computers for job-hunters to use to find work.

Phoenix Hall in Bordesley Village, managed by Bournville Village Trust and owned by Birmingham City Council, has been awarded the grant from the Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust.

It will use it to replace old computers and purchase a new camera, projector, Arabic keyboard and updated computer software for its learning suite.

Drop-in sessions will also be launched to help job-seekers use My Work Search, a free online tool to search and apply for work.

Shabnam Mughal, Community Development Officer and Centre Manager at Bournville Village Trust, said: “Up to 60 people can use the computers each week, so they’ve had some wear and tear over the years.

“Thanks to this grant we’ll be able to replace them with more modern equipment that will be easier and quicker for people to use.

“Whilst we’ll be encouraging job-seekers to use the equipment, the computers will be available to everyone in the local community to use.”

The Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust was established in 1946 by Edward Cadbury.

Today, the Trust offers grants to charitable organisations from between £500 to £5,000 to use for projects that benefit the community.

Phoenix Hall runs a number of activities for people in Bordesley Village, including youth clubs, play schemes and a lunch club for older people.

For more information about Phoenix Hall, click here.

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