Useful Links

The CAP Job Work works with a range of organisations and Networks that offer other services that might be of interest for example losing your job can bring debt or family issues,  homelessness or a sense of hopelessness. Seeking help or sharing the problem with a counsellor or specialist can be a real answer to meeting your needs whilst you are trying to get back into work. These are some organisations that the Team recommend. We also are committed to wider Careers Guidance and Development sector to help promote quality services. We have included some useful sites recommended by the team.

JCP online Benefits Portal

As part of the current push towards digitalisation, Jobcentre Plus are promoting the use of the use of the Direct Gov website for new claims to benefit. The process is reasonably straightforward to even those with only basic IT skills. Just click the JCP online link. There are many benefits to using the service, and it can be accessed any time day or night. The process to complete a rapid reclaim to benefit (for those who have had a live claim in the last 6 months) on line takes only 15 minutes, a full new claim around an hour. It’s also possible to save a claim part way through and return to it later.

Christians Against Poverty

is a national debt counselling charity with a network of 296 centres based in local churches. CAP offers hope and a solution to anyone in debt through its unique, in-depth service. There are two local churches that are part of the national Network offering free debt counselling. King’s Church has partnered with CAP National Charity  to run the CAP Job Club, Money Course and Fresh Start Course for Penwortham and the area.

St Thomas Blackpool Work Club

meets every Tuesday the leader is Jeannette Brambles who helps here in Penwortham each Thursday

Longton Community Church

Are a CAP Debt Centre . The church has moved to Preston and is now called Crossgate Church

Calvary Christian Fellowship

Based in Lostock Hall  run CAP Release Group .

Penwortham Food Bank

is based at Penwortham Community Centre Kingsfold Drive each Friday starting from April 12,  contact  or telephone 01772 749673 if you would like to donate or you require further information.

Methodist Action NW

is a registered charity of the Methodist Church. They are dedicated to providing a lifeline to people of Preston and the surrounding area who struggle each day against homelessness, poverty, lack of opportunities and exclusion

Fulwood Free Methodist Church

Run CAP Debt Centre.

Parish of the Risen Lord

The Church runs a Work Club for the East of Preston each Monday 1.00 to 3.30pm at the Acregate Mission, run on similar lines to Penworthan, drop in if you live in area and need help.

Orvia now Enterprise Lancashire

is a local business based in Leyland that exists to support and guide people through their business journey, providing professional, confidential and impartial information and advice to anyone who wants to start their own enterprise or grow an established company. Orvia has a business adviser co-located at the Penwortham Community on the same morning as the Work Club

Young Peoples Service

provided by Lancashire County Council , The Job Club Team also recommend the following national on-line resoures that you may find helpful if you are Teacher, Parent/Carer helping a young person with their career options

Currently The Job Club is not providing Careers Guidance Services to Young People under the age of 18 years of age, please contact the Young People Service or the Via Partnership for details of what is available in your area. Alternatively contact you School or College and ask to speak to Careers Co-ordintor or School/College Careers Adviser/Personal Adviser.

Street Pastors

A Street Pastor is a Church leader/minister or member with a concern for society – in particular young people who feel themselves to be excluded and marginalised – and who is willing to engage people where they are, in terms of their thinking (i.e. their perspective of life) and location (i.e. where they hang out – be it on the streets, in the pubs and clubs or at parties etc).

Street Pastors will also be willing to work with fellow activists, church and community leaders, and with agencies and projects, both statutory and voluntary, to look at collaborative ways of working on issues affecting youth, and initiatives that will build trust between them and the Street Pastors. Street Pastors have been offering support to the local community in and around Penwortham/Kingsfold.


Emmaus Preston is one of 20 similar Emmaus Communities in the UK, and a member of the Emmaus UK Federation. Our mission is to maintain and develop a safe and stable Community, that provides hope, opportunity and personal growth for people in need, to enable each individual to play their part in today’s world with confidence in their own ability to fulfil their potential.

Citizens Advice Service

helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

Preston Citizens Advice Bureau,Town Hall Annexe, Birley Street, PRESTON, Lancashire PR1 2QE

Telephone: 01772 822416 – Advice Line

01772 906434 for booking an appointment  Fax: 01772 254407 , Tel 01772 254407

Runshaw College Adult and Business Centre

Contact Langdale Road, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 3DQ Telephone: 01772 622677

Myerscough College

specialises in education and training for the land-based and sports industries

Preston College

offer opportunities for adults to study for FREE at Preston College. If you’re not in paid employment and in receipt of a state benefit (for example; JSA, ESA, Council Tax or Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credits and Income Support etc), you may be eligible for FREE training on courses that can help you boost your qualifications and skills, assisting entry into employment. Call us now on 01772 22 55 22 to find out if you’re eligible.

University of Central Lancashire

University of Cumbria

Edgehill University

Nazarene Theological College

Christian Radio & Word for the Day

and excellent Bible Reader that can be down loaded onto your PC, Mobile or Tablet.

Institute of Careers Guidance

(the ICG is now the Career Development Institute CDI) maintains that effective career guidance is an essential service to the public that has profound economic and social benefits for society and individuals. The CAP Job Club Manager subscribes to the CDI ethical code of practice . The CAP Job Club Manager  has been a member of the ICG/CDI for 35 years. The web site is a useful source of information for anyone wishing to train as a careers adviser.

Tower Careers

useful site for club members who have recently been made redundant


free courses on line


recommend on-line bible study from Scripture Union

The Job Club has links with a range of voluntary sector forums and Networks.


Social Enterprise Lancashire Network


is the regional voluntary sector network for the North West.  There purpose is to support a connected and influential voluntary and community sector (VCS).Besides working for a well-represented sector, current areas of work include co-ordinating VCS health and social care networking & policy and supporting increased VCS influence over the Localism policy agenda.To better understand the implications of the government’s developing Big Society agenda for the voluntary and community sector, visit our new informal policy resource at VSNW’s Big Society Policy Resource

Third Sector Lancashire

Third Sector Lancashire is a consortium of organisations dedicated to improving the effectiveness of the sector through partnership.

Careers Guidance Theory and Practice

The Team are keen to keep up to date with the latest research on Careers Guidance so we can offer our members the best service we can. There are a number of useful links and sites that we will be highlighting, also they may be of interest to Guidance Professions to that come  across our website:


University of Derby



careers support for teachers and careers professionals in schools