Wallsend Customer First Centre has today been announced as the location for the latest Working Well hub in North Tyneside.

Following the success of the pioneering hub in North Shields, the Working Well service is expanding to the west of the borough this September.

Thanks to funding from the North of Tyne Combined Authority, work is now underway to transform a space on the first floor of the customer service centre into a one-stop-shop for employment, skills, and health support.

As well as expert employment support there will be information and advice on hand to address wider barriers to employment including debt, physical and mental health, and housing.

The Working Well model established by North Tyneside Council has proven its success in recent months, with the flagship North Shields hub welcoming almost 4000 visitors so far.

Nick, a resident who benefited first hand from the support on offer, speaks highly of the hub: “It’s strange to think I didn’t even know the place existed. Three trips to the Working Well hub resulted in me being able to work again, I’d like to thank them for the service they provide for people like me.

“It’s a fantastic resource and I’d recommend it to anyone who is serious about getting back to work.”

The hub forms part of North Tyneside Council’s ambitious vision for Wallsend to be a vibrant and connected town that will be attractive to residents, visitors and prospective employers.

The Ambition for Wallsend is built around three key priorities; improving the quality of the housing offer, enhancing the appearance of the street scene and public spaces and ensuring that residents are connected to and well-prepared for good, high-quality jobs.

Cllr Steven Phillips, Cabinet Member for Inclusion, Employment and Skills at North Tyneside Council, said: “The success stories we’ve seen come from the North Shields hub have been fantastic, from supporting local people back into employment to helping businesses fill vital roles it has been a joy to see the service succeed.

“As we expand into Wallsend, I’m delighted that we’ll be making this service more accessible to residents and support our ambitions to ensure residents in Wallsend are prepared for high-quality jobs.

“I look forward to seeing the hub open and thriving at the heart of Wallsend soon.”

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