Preston charity helps more than 100 people find jobs

Celebration time: Staff and friends of Intact have helped more than 100 people into work
Celebration time: Staff and friends of Intact have helped more than 100 people into work
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A charity is celebrating after helping more than 100 people find work through its job club.

Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust (Intact) has helped 107 people find jobs over the last three years.

Philip Pugh, who was unemployed for more than 10 years, said: “They gave me that push I needed”.

The 54-year-old, who lives in Ingol, said he had been claiming benefits because of “badly-controlled diabetes”.

He said: “I got accustomed to it and I needed that kick up the backside to get me out there and looking for a job.”

The grandfather-of-six went on different courses with Intact, and took on agency work before starting a job as a courier in May this year.

He said: “I was unemployed for years, since 2001, I had really bad depression and out-of-control diabetes, but I’ve changed my regime now.

“I wouldn’t have got the job without Intact because they pushed me. The first job I applied for, I really wanted but they knocked me back.

“I went in and told them and they said ‘Right, apply for another one’. They gave me that push I needed.”

Leaders at the cash-strapped charity recently revealed it was in “dire strits”, facing possible redundancies and service cuts, but wanted to celebrate its successes. Helen Dixon, volunteer and skills development manager, said the club was now in its fourth year.

She said: “We thought we needed to bring people together so they can see all the good stuff that’s going on at the centre.

“I think the secret, in many ways, is people don’t have to be here so I think, because of that, they come more freely.

“They come off their own back, they are greeted with a friendly smile and they can get one-to-one support.”