Charity is setting up home in church

UNEMPLOYED people can study everything from IT and warehouse skills to Zumba in a church after a local charity relocated.

Kettering Centre for the Unemployed (KCU) has moved into Fuller Baptist Church in Gold Street, Kettering, after running classes there for several months.

Deacon Cathy Gillott, who was on the church committee which has managed the integration, said: “We are working at doing the best for the whole community.

“We are trying to reach out to the community to give them what they need.”

The charity, which has been supporting the unemployed and people on low incomes in the town for 27 years, will run 17 courses at the church between May and July.

The courses, almost all of which are free for people on benefits, include IT skills, warehouse skills, counselling, furniture restoration and jewellery making.

KCU has also moved from Stanier Close, where they were for seven years, to the 300-year-old church.

The charity started offering some courses, including Zumba, a form of Latin American dance aerobics, at the church several months ago, but had no facilities to offer IT courses or creche facilities.

But a new computer suite was installed in the historic building last week and a space set aside for child care.

Parents taking most courses can use the subsidised creche for £3.

The Rev Graeme Stockdale, who retired as the church’s minister in February, started working with the charity on the partnership about 18 months ago.

Mrs Gillott said: “This is brilliant because we will have people coming into the premises and we will get to know them and forge relationships.

“It’s a win-win situation.

“It’s really positive news. I’m really happy to be involved in it.”

People interested in taking a course can find out more information at a pre-enrolment day at the church between 9.30am and 11.30am today.

An enrolment day will be held on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am.

For more information visit the website www.kcultd.org.uk.