The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon Mel Stride, was in North Wales yesterday to meet those who are delivering programmes and providing support to help get people into work.
Mr Stride, accompanied by Vale of Clwyd MP Dr James Davies, paid a visit to ‘Working Denbighshire’ at Dolwen Residential Home in Denbigh, and Mold Job Centre, on Thursday afternoon.
Both were impressed by the support being provided by staff at the two locations and were pleased to hear of the many successful outcomes of their work,
The Secretary of State said:
“It was great to visit Mold Job Centre and Working Denbighshire today to see the brilliant work which is being carried out locally to help get people into work.
"Funded by the UK Government, Working Denbighshire is an employability service which aims to support Denbighshire residents, aged 16 and above, who are in or at risk of poverty.
“They offer support for a range of different barriers people may face, such as help with finding a job, completing application forms, confidence building, interview skills and techniques, and many more.
“It was good to meet staff and hear first hand of both the challenges they face and the success stories.
“The visit to Mold Job Centre was also extremely useful, with the staff able to feed back their views on operations and to suggest ways of improving the system moving forward.
“The staff at both Mold Job Centre and Working Denbighshire are doing fantastic work and I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet and thank them for all that they are doing to improve lives in North Wales.”
“I was very pleased to welcome the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to North Wales and to join him on visits to Working Denbighshire and Mold Job Centre.
“Whilst we obviously know of the good work that goes on in both these places, it is always good to gain a deeper insight by meeting and talking with staff.
“Working Denbighshire aims to reduce poverty by enabling people to access a network of services to support them in their journey into or towards employment, and to maintain their position or progress once in employment.
“Mold Job Centre meanwhile aims to help people who are out of work find a job and provide benefits payments for those who are on a low income or have no income.
“The work they each carry out can be far from easy and they have faced some challenging years post-Covid. I was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss their concerns, but to also hear of the positive outcomes of their work.
“I would like to thank the staff at both locations for carving time out of their busy working day to accommodate us and for providing us with such insightful feedback.”