Added on: 25th October, 2017 by Samantha_10597
A Birmingham charity that through training and support gets long term unemployed people into work has received a £1,000 grant from a leading UK housebuilder.
The Jericho Foundation has been awarded the cash as part of Persimmon Homes’ Community Champions scheme that allows charities and groups to apply for a share of a local pot of £24,000 each year.
Through its Ignition Project, The Jericho Foundation aims to reduce poverty, build community cohesion, relieve human suffering and create opportunities for education, training, personal advancement and employment in some of the poorest and most deprived communities in Birmingham.
Richard Beard, from the charity, said: “Ignition is a well-developed and proven employability training and support programme working with long term unemployed and marginalised people.
In close partnership with church communities, we equip and train volunteers to deliver practical job search support and guidance.
“Ignition provides unemployed people with the knowledge, skills, practical support and encouragement they need to help them search for work effectively.”
The support delivered through an Ignition programme includes job searching skills, CV writing, interview skills, customer service skills, confidence coaching and understanding the role of the employer.
Richard added: “The unique and innovative aspect of Ignition is that the support happens right in the heart of the community. It is delivered by passionate and willing volunteers who live, work and worship alongside those that they are seeking to help.
“Thank you to Persimmon for this very generous grant. We are on target to achieve the following between November 2017 and October 2018: 442 new jobseekers will have attended Ignition programmes/job clubs; 112 individuals will have secured meaningful employment.”
Sarah Read, Senior Sales Manager of Persimmon Homes Central, said: “This charity is a great cause and it’s good to know that a large number of adults in the area are being supported in such a positive way during their search for employment.”
Two charities a month are selected to receive funding from Persimmon Homes Central, and charities can apply as many times as they like. For more information visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity