Business charity reports steady flow of highly qualified people seeking its support

After the latest unemployment figures showed another fall in the number of people out of work, companies in Hampshire may be finding it increasingly hard to hire the right employees.

However, there is still a wealth of experienced professional people who are currently unemployed and immediately available for work, according to the M3 Job Club.

For the past six years, the M3 Job Club, a business-focused community charity based in Basingstoke, has supported highly qualified, mature people, who have lost their jobs or have been made redundant, to get back into work. So far, more 500 people have been supported in finding new roles.

The club’s team of trustees, helpers, local SME and corporate volunteers relies on donations from businesses and local authorities to carry on its vital work in getting these professional people ready for work. Around 35 professional people from Basingstoke, Alton, Farnborough, Farnham and Andover – amongst many other areas – currently attend the weekly coaching-led sessions the M3 Job Club runs.

Members come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. They include IT directors, HR practitioners, process engineers, teachers, airport operations managers, accountants and public relations managers – to name but a few. All have been referred to the Club by either their local JobCentre Plus or through personal recommendations and/or other business contacts.

Richard Thayer, the M3 Job Club’s founder, explains: “The M3 Job Club is a valuable resource to the local business economy. Through the coaching given to members, they are given excellent practical advice to help get them back into work, and also information about other work options such as contract work or a complete career change.

“The role we fulfil complements that of local JobCentre Plus in that we offer opportunities for professional people to network with each other and with representatives of local companies to learn more about roles which would not usually be advertised through the Department of Work and Pensions’ Universal Jobmatch.”

Richard continues: “We are delighted with the positive feedback we receive from members both past and present about the ways in which the Club has helped them. However, we continue to rely on dwindling sources of funding to keep the club operating for the benefit of professional people, who unwittingly find themselves seeking new employment.

“However, finding more sponsors, patrons and donors to help us continue our work is crucial to ensuring a sustainable revenue stream and continuity of a quality service to the community. This will enable us to continue supporting this untapped pool of highly motivated and qualified professional people, who are immediately available to bring their wealth of experience to local organisations and businesses.”

John Hughes, a member of the M3 Job Club and operations leader, who is currently seeking a new role, says: “The M3 Job Club has provided me with both skills and emotional support. Throughout the programme, the volunteer expert presenters have given me many invaluable insights and practical steps. These have included tailoring my CV to suit the role and understanding hiring business strategies to help formulate memorable questions to ask at interviews.

“In addition, the attendees at M3 Job Club are an empathetic crowd, all facing very similar testing times. To be able to meet regularly with a group who ‘just get it’ and are willing to listen and share their experiences does bolster me for the week ahead. The unique experience provided by the M3 Job Club is a key tool in my return to work mission.

”The Club is in part supported by a grant from Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Its funding also relies on the generosity of members, alumni, businesses and small grants, as well as individuals and businesses operating in the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council area. For more information about the M3 Job Club, visit the website:


For more details about the Club, please contact Richard Thayer, Chairman and Founder, M3 Job Club, email:, tel: 07516 071476 or Judith Boyd, Administrator, M3 Job Club, email:, tel: 0333 0095381.

Press release issued on behalf of the M3 Job Club by club member Alison Reijman.  Email:,  tel: 07917 773817.

Notes for Editors:

  • The M3 Job Club is a business-focused community charity, which provides coaching-led style sessions for professional people looking to return to work after losing their jobs due to factors such as redundancy. By getting these experienced people back into work, the club is helping to support the local business economy.
  • Launched in April 2011, the club’s volunteer founders and trustees had previously been made redundant or were out of work, but wanted to give something back to the local economic community through their time and commitment.
  • In the six years it has been running, the club has supported more than 500 members back to employment and has an average attendance of 35 members per week. The equivalent average return to work ratio is around 1.3 per week.

24 August 2017