Gatwick Community Hub
Gatwick Community Hub

Crawley Labour have been pleased to join with Unite the Union to set up a comprehensive employment support Community Hub to help Crawley residents that have been made redundant and are looking for work, training or other help. The Community Hub is open to all Crawley residents whether they are members of Unite or not.

Cllr Gurinder Jhans, the Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, and Cllr Peter Smith, the Cabinet member for Economic Development and Deputy Leader, have been working with Unite the Union officials to create a support centre aimed at providing help and support for anyone that is looking for work, for training or for support while unemployed. The Hub provides access to advice, practical support, learning and educational opportunities and is open to anyone in the local community.

All of the courses on the Unite community hub are fully funded meaning that they are totally free. If you have recently been made redundant, face an uncertain future at work or simply want to update your skills and qualifications this hub is for you!

Crawley Borough Council provide the ‘Employ Crawley’ and ‘Crawley Youth Hub’ services for Crawley residents.

And Crawley Labour are collating information and links to build up a comprehensive list of all organisations that can help people at their time of need.

Contact links are:

Crawley Labour support Hub: https://www.crawleylabour.org.uk/hub/

Unite Community Hub: https://www.learnwithunite.org/gatwick

Cllr Gurinder Jhans, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability said: “I am delighted that we have been able to bring this forward in conjunction with Unite the Union to help the many people that find themselves out of work or struggling in these difficult times. We are trying to do everything that we can to support people in Crawley that are suffering because of the impact of Covid-19 on the Airport and our Town.”

Cllr Peter Smith, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Economic Development said: “We have called on the Government to do more to support Gatwick airport and Crawley business but they have not listened. As a result, we have seen significant and exceptional increases in unemployment in Crawley and in the absence of Government action we are expecting to see further increases in unemployment in Crawley while the Covid-19 pandemic continues. The Community Hub is an attempt to do what we can to help our Crawley people when they most need it.”

Jamie Major, Regional Officer for Unite the Union said: “Shocking unemployment news released this morning shows how desperately needed this initiative is. The BBC reported today that unemployment has risen by 3,700,000 to 4.9%. 

The support available on Unite’s Gatwick Community Hub will hopefully provide hope to those people that are facing extraordinarily challenging times. Unite’s thanks and gratitude go to the local Crawley Labour Party for their support and helping to make sure this project got off the ground in record time.

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