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2005-11

 

  Business Associations Community Legal Advice Getting an email address
  Business Support Organisations Connexions Looking for a job
  Careers Advice Creating a CV Job Centres
  Citizens Advice Bureau Get Connected Job Websites
    Whitchurch Library

Business Associations

There are currently two associations in Whitchurch which aim to support businesses.

Ardglen Business Association is for those businesses based on the Ardglen Industrial estate.

Working 4 Whitchurch was formed as a result of the Health Check carried out in 2002 and aims to address the issues around the town centre's businesses and tourism. It organises Christmas in Whitchurch, runs the website and produces the community newsletter, Update.

Nationally there is the Federation of Small Businesses, which is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

Business Support Organisations

The main support organisation is the government sponsored Business Link which provides information for small to medium sized businesses. Full details of the support it can give are on its website with lots of useful downloads and access to free seminars and workshops. Free confidential advice sessions are held fortnightly in Whitchurch but need to be booked on 0845 600 9 006.

Job Seeking Information

You can download material to help you whether you are:

  • A school leaver/student looking for employment the first time
  • Redundant and looking for work
  • Redundant and looking to set up your own business.

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Careers Advice

nextstep

T: 0800 1954 700 (freephone)

www.nextstepsoutheast.org.uk

Free, impartial and confidential advice on learning, training and work to adults 20 or over or those aged 18 & 19 who have been referred by a Job.

If you don’t have NVQ  level 3 qualifications (A-levels or equivalent), you will be able to book an appointment for an advice session with a trained careers adviser ( nearest location is at Basingstoke Jobcentre Plus.)

 Careers Advice Service ( telephone advice)

T: 0800 100 900

www.careersadvice.direct.gov.uk

They can call you back.

Take the Career Quiz on www.homelearningcollege.com

www.open.ac.uk/careers( Careers Advisory section of Open University website )

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Looking for a job

Look in the jobs section of the local papers

  • Basingstoke Gazette on Thursday
  • Andover Advertiser on Friday

Go to the Jobcentre or ring the national number on 0845 606 0234

Andover Jobcentre Plus

T: 01264 826000

6 London Street
Andover
Hampshire
United Kingdom
SP10 2PA

Basingstoke Jobcentre Plus

T:  01256 726400

Crown Buildings
Winchester Road
Basingstoke
RG21 8ES

Look on jobs websites

  Hugo Fox – Whitchurch’s own jobs site
  My Basingstoke Jobs
  Andover Town Central Jobs
  Andover Advertiser Jobs
  Job Centre Plus
  Direct.gov
  Monster Jobs
  Fish4Jobs
  Total Jobs
  Jobsite
  HCC Jobs
  NHS Jobs

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Join employment agencies

Research local companies and send a speculative application

Contact Basingstoke One Stop Shop for employment advice on 0800 136670 or their website 

If you need a National Insurance Number ring 0845 600 0643
( 8am-6pm Mon-Fri)

Creating a CV online

 www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk (need to register first)

(Careers Centre section)

CV advice and you can download CV templates.

www.hampshireconnexions.co.uk  (CV Creator)

CV advice, CV writing pack, you can create online CV which you can save, print or email to yourself or to an employer.

www.careersadvice.direct.gov.uk

CV Builder with templates and CV advice

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 Other CV building websites to look at:

  www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/workplace
  www.alec.co.uk/cvtips
  www.soon.org.uk/cvpage
  www.cvtips.com
  www.cvwriting.net

Creating an email address

It’s important to have an email address these days, as lots of jobs only allow you to apply online. It is quick and easy to set up a free email address, you need to be on the internet to create it and to check your emails.

My Guide ( good for computer beginners)
 
www.myguide.gov.uk

- Click email ( purple box, fifth one down)
- Login/Register at bottom
- Register

 Yahoo

www.yahoo.co.uk

Click Free Mail - sign up ( right hand side, underneath yellow Web Search box)

Google

www.google.co.uk

Click - Mail which is along the top left of the page.
- Create an account ( bottom right of page)

MSN Hotmail

www.msn.co.uk

Click - Welcome to MSN UK - Sign up ( on right hand side, near top)
- Make sure you select UK as the region.

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Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Free, independent and confidential information and advice on legal, money and other problems. You can phone, email, drop-in or book an appointment.

Whitchurch Outreach

Can drop-in from 10am-1pm on Tuesday at Whitchurch Town Hall, Newbury Street.

Andover CAB

T: 01264 365534 ( Monday-Thursday 9.30am-3.30pm)

www.andovercab.org.uk

Ground Floor, East Wing
Wessex Chambers
South Street
Andover SP10 2BN
( next door to the Police Station)

Can drop-in for a Gateway Assessment on Friday from 1.30-5.30pm, or Monday-Thursday from 9.30am-12.00pm.

Basingstoke CAB

T: 01256 322814 (Monday-Friday, except Thursday afternoon)

www.basingstokecab.co.uk

The Library
19-20 Westminster House
Festival Place
Basingstoke RG21 7GQ
(turn right at the top of the stairs and follow the signs)

Can drop in on Monday-Wednesday from 10am-3.30pm, Thursday from 9.30am-11.30am, Friday from 10am-3.30pm and Saturday from 10am-12 noon.

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Connexions

Helpline: 080 800 13 219

www.hampshireconnexions.co.uk

Support for all young people up to 19 ( or 25 if you have learning difficulties/disabilities.) Every young person can have their own Personal Adviser to meet up with for any issue they want to talk about.

Basingstoke Connexions

T: 01256 819576

37-41 Wote Street
Basingstoke
RG21 7NF

(Open for drop-in from 10am-4pm Monday-Friday, also from 1-4pm at Basingstoke Jobcentre. )

Andover Connexions

T: 01264 368691

Have a drop-in service at Jobcentre Plus ( Monday and Thursday, 1.30-4.30pm) and the Library ( Tuesday and Friday 1.30-4.30pm.)

Get Connected

T: 0808 808 4994 (1pm - 11pm every day)
www.getconnected.org.uk

Free confidential help for under 25’s

Community Legal Advice

T: 0845 345 4 345

www.communitylegaladvice.org.uk

Free confidential and independent legal advice over the phone, if
you are on a low income or benefits.

They can call you back ( line open 9am-6.30pm on Monday-Friday,
9am-12.30 pm on Saturday. )

Check the website calculator to see if you are eligible for legal
aid.

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