The welcome mat has been laid out at a pioneering new employment hub in North Shields.

From accessing the latest jobs through to mental health support, Working Well North Tyneside brings vital services together into one location for the first time to help support people into work.

The new hub is breathing life into a vacant store in North Shield’s Beacon Centre and the central location means it’s accessible via public transport, cars and on foot for local residents.

The one-stop-shop will make it easier for people to access employment and skills services, view the latest jobs on the market and receive support around housing, finance, debt, and physical and mental health.

Specialist teams will be based at the hub and partners from across the region will be offering their services including the NHS, Age UK, Citizens Advice, National Careers Service and the community and voluntary service.

To mark the official opening of the hub, Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE cut the ribbon and welcomed service users, councillors, and partners of the service in to see the fantastic location the services will operate from.

Cllr Hannah Johnson, Cabinet Member for Inclusion, Employment and Skills, said: “Giving adults the opportunity to access support, guidance and employment opportunities is a priority for us and the opening of this hub is a great step towards us making it easier for our residents to access all the support they need.

“We’re delighted that partners across the borough, and the region, have joined us in the project and that their vital support is now part of what we can offer at the hub.

“I’d encourage any residents who are looking to take steps into employment to head down and see the brilliant offer and find out more about how the fantastic team can help.”

The project is closely linked to the exciting regeneration of North Shields masterplan, expanding the support available and encouraging developers and employers in the town centre to offer training and job opportunities.

The Working Well North Tyneside hub will open from 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, walk ins are welcome.