Press Release – Jericho Foundation Boosted by Donation from the Santander Foundation

The Jericho Foundation has received £5,000 to support our work with the survivors of modern slavery. This donation will fund English Language Skills Training (ESOL) for 30 survivors of modern slavery. The training will enable these clients to participate in volunteering opportunities, undertake paid supported employment, benefit from vocational training, make new friends and integrate into their local community within the City of Birmingham.

These disadvantaged people became the focus of attention last year when Theresa May pledged £33m to fight human trafficking. It is a huge problem in Britain today – it is estimated that there are currently 13,000 people enslaved in the UK alone, while last year 3,266 individuals were rescued and referred to the National Referral Mechanism. Our holistic programme ensures these survivors achieve a regular income, personal development and a feeling of safety and security. Furthermore, they feel able to end their dependency on benefits, secure sustainable employment and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The Jericho Foundation is a Birmingham-based registered charity which breaks down barriers in society and supports disadvantaged people to become fulfilled, skilled and employed. Jericho is the only organisation in the UK with the expertise and resources to deliver a complete programme of work experience, training and tailored support to the survivors of modern slavery.

Richard Beard, Chief Executive of Jericho, said: “Being unable to speak English is an enormous barrier facing the survivors of modern slavery. Therefore, English Language Skills Training is essential to their recovery and rehabilitation. Our approach focuses on just this sort of support, coupled with practical advice on training and invaluable guidance on career opportunities. We are truly grateful for the funding provided by the Santander Foundation”.

Jasbir Dhaliwal, Branch Manager at Santander’s Birmingham Union Street branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting The Jericho Foundation. We hope the funding announced today will support local survivors of modern slavery to overcome barriers, learn new skills and improve their lives for the future.”

To find out more, please visit http://jericho.org.uk

* (Caption) Jasbir Dhaliwal (Branch Manager) and Tom Hardy (Personal Banker) of Santander, Union Street and Richard Beard (Chief Executive) of the Jericho Foundation

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For further information on this press release contact:

Richard Beard at Jericho, richard.beard@jericho.org.uk, 0121 647 1960

Stephanie Harris at Santander, stephanie.harris@santander.co.uk, Tel:  020 7756 422

Notes to editors

Santander Foundation

The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £26 million in funding to 13,914 UK charities through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit: www.santanderfoundation.org.uk

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. At 31 December 2016, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c20,000 employees and operates through 841 branches (which includes 60 university branches) and 67 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

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