Gillingham Job Club (Dorset)

 Welcome to Gillingham Job Club


A Valuable Resource for Our Town...

Gillingham Job Club is a very significant development for Gillingham.  An organisation completely run by volunteers, which has proven itself to be an invaluable resource for the town and surrounding parishes by supporting and helping people get back into work, thereby helping their families and in turn the local economy.

Opened on the 26th November 2010, Gillingham Job Club has recently celebrated it's 5th birthday and has helped over 140 people back into paid employment

On the 12th July 2011 "Gillingham Job Club's" Coordinator, David Walsh and Supervisor, Belinda Ridout,  were presented with the "Action for Market Towns National Award" for winning the "Business and Economy" category in recognition of the most outstanding Market Towns Project.  Also winning an award for the 'Most Transferable Project',  this being demonstrated by the setting up of Blandford Job Club ( on Friday, 12th October 2012 and helping to set up new Job Clubs in Martock, Somerset and Sherborne, Dorset.



Job Club Services include:          

  • CV Writing                                                                                          
  • Skills Analysis
  • Individual Mentoring - one to one help
  • Completing Job Application Forms
  • Free use of Job Club laptops for job searching
  • Help with basic use of a laptop, using word and the internet.
  • Help to register with and use Universal Job Match
  • Help with setting up an email account in conjunction with Universal Job Match
  • Free use of Job Club mobile for contacting employers/making job applications.
  • Interview Preparation and practising Interview Technique
  • Skills Workshops e.g. dress for success, work readiness, etc.
  • Identifying and Applying for Volunteering Opportunities
  • Signposting to organisations offering Training and Further Education/Apprenticeships/Internships/Work Experience.
  • Signposting to organisations for Advice, i.e. benefits, housing, debt, etc
  • Sourcing organisations offering Funding Advice for further training.
  • Job Club 'Buddy Scheme' - click here for more information.
  • Website with weekly updated job lists/apprenticeships/training and much more.


Job Club Sessions are held:

  • Every Friday, from 10am to 1pm
  • At the Town Hall, School Road, Gillingham SP8 4QR - Please use the front door

  • People can just drop in for a chat or make an appointment to go through more specific requirements, such as help with writing CV’s or interview techniques.

  • The club is staffed by a team of volunteers who work closely with numerous organisations including the Yeovil, Blandford and Frome Job Centres  and the Connexions Service.  We therefore have up to date lists of all job vacancies in the local area. 
                                                              Coordinator - Cllr David Walsh

 Supervisor - Belinda Ridout





News Updates


  • "very helpful, supportive and understanding."
  • "Gillingham Job Club has been a great help to me and hopefully will be to others like me."
    SR Gillingham
    job seeker
  • "Gillingham Job Club has been great and helped me so much, finding me a lap top through an affordable scheme and helping me to set it up and use it. The volunteers are so helpfu..."
    Terry R Shaftesbury