Celebration held for service that helps build life skills

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AN ADVICE and support service which has helped people in Gosport over the past two years has been hailed as a success.

The people behind the Gosport Advice and Information Network (Gain) held a celebration to mark the end of the project, which has 165 people apply for jobs, budget and save money.

There were about 70 people at the celebration, which took place at Thorngate Theatre in Gosport.

Gain project manager Angela Gill said: ‘I can’t believe where two years have gone.

‘It has been a privilege to work with such dedicated and enthusiastic people and organisations who have made such a difference.’

Gain’s learners acquired the computer skills to enable them to e-mail their CV to employers, to apply for jobs online, learn budget skills and make savings online.

Gosport Borough Council councillor Piers Bateman was also at the celebration.

Cllr Bateman said he was impressed by the help Gain had given to so many 
people.

He said: ‘I was particularly struck by the incredibly important beneficial effect that learning via Gain had had upon individual people’s lives.’

Gain has recruited 20 volunteers who between them have given more than 1,400 of their time to help the Gosport community.

The group also established a network between 40 Gosport groups which provide information and advice, and developed a website, which can be found at gain-gosport.org.uk.

Gain has been funded by the Big Lottery Project. The group is lead by Citizens Advice Gosport and a steering group made up of representatives from six organisations and a service user volunteer.

Citizens Advice trustee and steering group member Bob Whiley said: ‘The attendees were enthusiastic and obviously had great regard for the considerable achievements of Gain.’

In February next year gain’s members will have a networking sustainability meeting to review the outcome of another Big Lottery Fund bid.