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About us

Forwards is GloucesterSHIRE's first stop for improving diversity in the work place. Our Work Clubs provide help with CVs, job applications and interview skills so we can help people with disabilities or health conditions to find sustainable paid work. Forwards can provide career help to identify skills and job goals, improve confidence, manage anxiety and overcome barriers.

Help is provided through a range of partners from across the public, private and voluntary sectors. These include health providers, employers and voluntary organisations, all coming together to make sure that people can get the help they need, at the time they need it.

Work Clubs with Forwards are not a programme - you are welcome to come and go when you want, but to get the most out of them, you will benefit coming on a regular basis. Every week there is a session on a helpful topic along with plenty of time to job search with or without help.

Anyone can come if they have a disability, health condition or need some support to gain confidence. Forwards will give you access to all of the many organisations who can help you with all aspects of returning to work including money and budget management, debt advice, benefits advice and helping you to stay in work too.

Forwards is funded and run by Gloucestershire County Council.

For up to dates news and events, visit the Forwards website.

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Contact information

Main contact

Contact: Tom Windsor

Email: Tom.Windsor@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01452 529663

Gloucester

Venue: Gloucester Library (Town Centre), 1st Floor, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1HT

Contact: Neil Hampton

When: Wednesdays - 14:00 to 16:00

Coleford

Venue: The Main Place Library, 1st floor, Railway Dr, Coleford, GL16 8RH

Contact: Neil Hampton

When: Tuesdays - 13:00 to 15:00

Cheltenham

Venue: Cheltenham West End Partnership, Community Resource Centre, Grove Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3LZ

Contact: Carole Postins

When: Thursdays - 14:00 to 16:00

Cirencester

Venue: Cirencester Housing Society, Phoenix House, Phoenix Way, Cirencester, GL7 1QG

Contact: David Blackaby

When: Mondays - 10:30 to 12:30

Stroud

Address: Fresh Ground Café, 26 Westward Road, Stroud, GL5 4JQ

Contact: David Blackaby

Opening Times: Fridays - 10:30 to 12:30

Tewkesbury

Venue: The Library, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX

Contact: Carole Postins

Opening Times: Mondays - 10:30 to 12:30

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On this page you will find hints and tips about all of the things you need to bring to your job centre interview to make sure you have everything you need to get your claim going. Click on each one to get more information.

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  • Arrive on time. If you are late the adviser may not be able to see you.

  • Remember to take identification.

  • Tell the adviser if you need help with the interview. The adviser is there to help you so don't be shy about asking if you don't understand something or need help.

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    • Before you go, write down all of the jobs you have applied for.

    • Also write down all of the job searching you have done. For example, write down if you went to an agency or looked at a website for jobs.

    • Remember to take these lists with you.

    • Arrive on time. If you are late the adviser may not be able to see you.

    • Tell the adviser if you need help with the interview. The adviser is there to help you so don't be shy about asking if you don't understand something or need help.

    • ESA interview

      • Arrive on time. If you are late the adviser may not be able to see you.

      • Tell the adviser if you need help with the interview. The adviser is there to help you so don't be shy about asking if you don't understand something or need help.

      • Tell the adviser of any hospital appointments you have.

      • Tell the adviser what job you would really like to do.

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          This page provides some tips on what you need to know when applying for a job and links to organisations that can help you work your way through the process.

          Top tips

          • Know why you want the job and prepare an answer before you go.

          • Find out what the company does.

          • Think about whether you can do this job on your own or with support and/or training.

          • Know whether you will be able to get the job.

          • Know whether you need to talk to anyone about the job.

          • Make sure you know how to apply for this job.

          • If you need help, talk to your adviser or support worker.

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            On this page you can find some helpful tips about what you need to think about before going on a job interview and what you need to know and do on the day. It also lists some questions you might get asked at a job interview so you can prepare some answers beforehand.

            Prepare some answers to typical questions

              Here are some examples:

            • Why do you want to work here?

            • Why did you leave your last job?

            • What did you do in your last job or work experience?

            • Have you done this kind of work before?

            • What have you been doing since your last job?

            • Prepare some questions to ask

                Here are some examples:

              • How many staff do you employ?

              • Do you offer training for your staff?

              • What have you enjoyed most about working here?

              • Can you tell me about the team I'll be working with?

              • What are the business's plans for the future?

              • What is the next step after this interview?

              • The day before

                • Let the employer know about any reasonable adjustment you may need.

                • Find out more about what the employer does.

                • Plan your journey

                  • Make sure you know how to get there.

                  • Make sure you know how long it will take.

                  Find out more about the interview

                  • How long will it last?

                  • Will there be a test?

                • Make sure your clothes are ready. They should be clean and pressed.

                • Prepare some questions to ask.

                • Here are some examples

                  • Why do you want to work here?

                  • Why did you leave your last job?

                  • What did you do in your last job or work experience?

                  • Have you done this kind of work before?

                  • What have you been doing since your last job?

                • Get the employers contact details in case something goes wrong and you can't get to the interview or are late.

                • On the day

                  • Get up in good time.

                  • Make sure you are washed, clean and tidy.

                  • Make sure you are wearing the right clothes.

                  • Take a copy of your application form with you.

                  • Make sure you leave in plenty of time.

                  • Let the employer know when you arrive.

                  • Your Jobcentre adviser may be able to help with the purchase of new clothes.

                    At the interview

                    • Listen carefully.

                    • Speak clearly.

                    • Be confident.

                    • Relax!

                    • If you don't understand a question ask the interviewer to ask it again.