Case Study – Angry Young Man

Powerfully-built, confrontational and possessing a tendency towards violence to resolve disagreements. Joshua admitted that he had a short fuse and his frustrations often manifested in acts of physical violence.

Joshua joined Jericho as an apprentice administrator just before he turned 18. Joshua had had a challenging childhood. Joshua lost a brother at a young age. His father left the family home when Joshua was at primary school and his mother subsequently remarried. Joshua struggled to get on with both his father and step-father, which caused conflict in the home and resulted in Joshua living with his maternal grandparents.

Joshua also had school exclusions due to behavioural issues and left school with no qualifications.

He did manage to achieve a few qualifications with training providers, including an NVQ level 1 in Business Administration. He tried a couple of areas of work, but found it hard to get on with others and hold down a position.

Joshua was also a young offender, had been engaged by the probation service and youth offending system, and was on curfew with a tag.

As Joshua started his apprenticeship and experienced difficulties, the Jericho Client Support Team provided him with support tailored to his particular needs. In particular they advised on strategies to help him keep calm and think of non-violent ways to resolve differences with other members of staff.

Sometimes it looked as if Joshua would not complete the programme as he had difficulty with taking instructions and was negative about the academic side of the apprenticeship. Joshua’s relationship with his tutor was poor and he resisted completing assignments. The Client Support Team sat with Joshua and encouraged him to complete his tasks – when he put his mind to it, Joshua produced a high standard of written work, surprising his tutor.

Joshua had some issues during the programme, including the death of his grandfather, which did effect his mood and disposition. However, the Client Support Team offered sympathy and flexibility and gave Joshua the opportunity to talk through his feelings of loss.

Towards the end of the apprenticeship, Joshua’s motivation did falter and he also found out his girlfriend was pregnant.

Joshua overcame his personal resistance to studying and considerable personal problems to achieve a NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration and Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths, English and IT.

As Joshua’s major passions were cars and driving, the Client Support Team encouraged him to find a role where he could combine aspects of his hobby with work.

Joshua is now contentedly working as a delivery driver for a pizza franchise, is living with his girlfriend and has a baby daughter.

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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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Jericho in a Day

All eight of the Jericho Foundation’s Social Enterprises were represented at The ReUsers in Sutton Coldfield showcasing products and services. There was free tea, coffee and cakes plus a buffet at lunch. Thanks to everyone who came and made it a fantastic day.

Have a look at what we got up to at Jericho in a Day last Saturday…


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About The ReUsers

The ReUsers is one of The Jericho Foundation’s eight social enterprises. For more information visit their webpage.


About The Jericho Foundation

We are a charity which breaks down barriers in society and supports disadvantaged people to become fulfilled, skilled and employed. We work with a broad variety of people including young people, ex-offenders, homeless people and survivors of modern slavery.

We provide work experience or paid employment in our social enterprises a holistic, tailored package of support, guidance and training. This help enables our clients to end their dependency on benefits, secure sustainable employment and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community.

 

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Case Study – Seeing the Ability not the Disability

If you have a severe stammer, are embarrassed about speaking aloud and choose to communicate by typing messages on your phone, ordering in a fast food outlet would be hard enough – let alone getting a job.

Background

Simon came to Jericho as an apprentice administrator shortly after his 20th birthday and was at a low point in his life.  He was living with his grandmother, was reclusive and suffered from several mental health issues including depression, paranoia and anxiety. He was taking medication and had regular appointments with mental health professionals.

The following passage is Simon’s own description of his story prior to arriving at Jericho:

I got told my mental health issues were caused by my childhood upbringing (Simon’s parents were both drug addicts and his father was a serial offender and served multiple custodial sentences). I also got told my high levels of anxiety make my stammer 90% worse.

I studied at South Birmingham College from the age of 14 because no school would take me. At 14 I was in a pre 16 unit for kids that couldn’t get into schools because of exclusions and other reasons. Then at the age of 16 I was studying ICT at south Birmingham College and getting in a lot of trouble outside college. I was getting straight distinctions in my first year at college. But in the second year it went from bad to worse. I was capable of doing the work, I could have been the best in the class, but I just gave up and stopped going to college the majority of the time.

At the age of 18 I stopped going out altogether because I was getting into too much trouble. So I stayed in, dropped out of college and became anti-social. I was in my room for over 23 hours a day. I didn’t go downstairs to talk to my Nan. The only time I left the house was to go to Asda and this was at 3am in the morning. 

I became obsessed with computer games because I had so much time on my hands. I became suicidal, I started to take anti-depressants and let myself starve, because I didn’t want to go into the kitchen where I might meet my nan. I was afraid she would judge me and tell me off for not doing anything with my life. 

Then a support worker from The Prince’s Trust introduced me to a company called Remploy. On the first time going there they told me about Jericho and their apprenticeships programme. A few days later I went for an interview at the Jericho Foundation. I was really nervous but they offered me a place.

Simon’s situation was unique. We had to create a job role that would accommodate his limited communication skills, but make the most of his obvious intelligence and other abilities. We consulted with him and agreed that the role of apprentice administrator would make the most of his talents. 

Progression

Since being at Jericho my stammer has got 50% better. I had no work experience previous to Jericho, but now I feel like I have learned so much and gained a lot of confidence. The people at Jericho have given me lots of support and helped me start to become the person I want to be.

I have now been taken off my anti-depressants. I have a new girlfriend and my own flat. I would recommend Jericho to disadvantaged people; they have good support for people who are in trouble and for people with disabilities.

Simon was the first to complete his Level 2 NVQ within his peer group. He attended well and even began attempting to say a few words out loud. He was offered an extension to his original contract and stayed at Jericho for a total of 18 months. He then progressed into employment as an administrator with Birmingham City Council.

Almost 3 years after he first walked through our doors, Simon still makes contact with Jericho from time to time to keep us updated about his life.

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Jericho Foundation Woodshack Creates New Secure, Substantial Guinea Pig Hutch for Snuffles and Popcorn!

Jericho Wood Recycling reclaims, reuses and recycles wood to provide high quality timber, wooden furniture and firewood. As one of the Jericho Foundation Social Enterprises, we accomplish this while providing opportunities for apprenticeships, volunteering and training in the local community.

At the Wood Shack we’re always thinking of more items that can be created with recycled wood. So far, we have made compost bins, bat boxes, garden furniture, vinyl storage boxes, wooden block planters, candle holders, desk tidies, noticeboards and bespoke mud kitchens.

Our latest mission was to provide a customer, Jeremy, with a new kind of hut for his pets. He was looking for something less flimsy and harder to escape from than similar pet homes on the high street!

Jeremy was thrilled with what we created and sent us this message:

“We were delighted when the Jericho Wood Shack took on the challenge of creating a new product: a guinea pig hutch.  The hutch they created for us is amazing – so much more substantial and secure than those we’d seen in pet shops or online and very good value too.  A great product from helpful and talented staff and our recently arrived guinea pigs, Snuffles and Popcorn, are extremely happy in their new home.  Thank you very much Jericho Wood Shack.”

The Jericho Foundation is a charity which breaks down barriers in society and supports disadvantaged people to become fulfilled, skilled and employed. Jericho works with a broad variety of deprived people who are struggling including young people, ex-offenders, homeless people and survivors of modern slavery. They provide work experience or paid employment in their eco-friendly social enterprises. Alongside this, Jericho deliver a holistic package of support, guidance and training which is tailored to each client’s personal needs. This help enables the clients to end their dependency on benefits, secure sustainable employment and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community.

#birmingham #charity #socialenterprise #news #woodrecycling #socent #smallpets #guineapighutch #reduce #reuse #recycle

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Jericho Foundation opens Miracle Laundry Social Enterprise

Picture: Opening of Miracle Laundry

Jericho’s latest Social Enterprise, the Miracle Laundry in Kings Heath, Birmingham

The Jericho Foundation have opened a brand new Laundry on Vicarage Road in Kings Heath, Birmingham.

Miracle Laundry delivers a range of flexible laundry services for the local community and local businesses. 

As an exciting new Social Enterprise, Miracle Laundry is a commercial venture designed to meet real public need. It will also provide a route back into employment for local disadvantaged and marginalised individuals.

The range of services include:

  • Self-Service Washing Machines and Dryers
  • Service washes for the catering and leisure industry, as well as other businesses
  • Ironing service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Alterations

Miracle Laundry also provide a collection and delivery service. Call us for a quote on 0121 441 5431


Address:

Miracle Laundry, 282 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, B14 7NH

Opening times:

  • Monday – Friday – 08.30-17.00
  • Saturday 09.00-17.00, Sunday 10.00-16.00
  • Extended opening hours are available upon request

We are already planning expansion over the coming 12 months, including a range of tailored services for business and individuals.

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Inside Miracle Laundry

Miracle Laundry is the ninth Social Enterprise from the Jericho Foundation. Others include: 


About the Jericho Foundation

The Jericho Foundation is a charity which breaks down barriers in society, and supports disadvantaged people to become Fulfilled, Skilled and Employed.

Jericho  supports individuals with multiple disadvantages and complex needs, that act as barriers to employment, training or social inclusion. These can include NEET’s, ex-Offenders, homeless people and Survivors of Modern Slavery.

To address these issues, Jericho provide a range of work experience and supported employment programmes, including Apprenticeships, in our eight in-house social enterprise businesses. They combine this with individually tailored packages of holistic, personal development support, to meet the specific needs of each individual. This approach enables the individual to positively contribute to society and increase their level of self-worth and achievement.


 

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Discounted Paediatric First Aid Courses for Teacher Training Days

Our qualified instructors deliver a range of first aid training at our Head Office in Balsall Heath throughout the year.

This August, for primary and secondary school teachers in the West Midlands, we have a discount available in respect of the 1 day ‘Emergency Paediatric First Aid Training’ course:

  • usual price £85 + VAT per person
  • discounted rate of £500 + VAT for groups of 6 or more

For more details visit the website.

To take advantage of the special offer and book your place, please email us at training@jericho.org.uk  or call us on 0121 647 1960.

#Birmingham #charity #news #socent #training #paediatric #firstaid #healthandsafety

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Special Offer on Jericho First Aid Training in August

We deliver high quality first aid training at our Head Office in Balsall Heath throughout the year.

This August, we have a special offer available in respect of the 1 day ‘Certificate in Emergency First Aid Training’ course:

  • usual price £85 + VAT per person
  • 10% discount for places booked in August
  • 20% discount for a group booking of 4 or more

For more details visit the website.

To take advantage of the special offer and book your place, please email us at training@jericho.org.uk  or call us on 0121 647 1960.

#Birmingham #charity #news #socent #training #firstaid #healthandsafety

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Can you spare some time to help? Volunteers needed at the Wood Shack

Do you enjoy working with wood? Are you an experienced carpenter or just a woodworking enthusiast? Could you spare some time each week? Would you like to make a difference?

At Jericho we work with disadvantaged local people to help them get back into work. We support young people unable to start their career, others who have simply lost their way, and some who are the survivors of human trafficking.

Our Wood Shack recycling social enterprise is a hive of eco-friendly activity! You will work alongside our staff and apprentices – using your carpentry skills and talents for the benefit of local people in real need.

Volunteers carry out a variety of tasks from stripping and polishing donated furniture to more challenging projects. We have a well-appointed workshop and a good stock of reclaimed timber.  The work will be varied and previous projects have involved making compost bins, bat boxes and bespoke mud kitchens.

For more information please contact:

Nigel Lawrence

nigel.lawrence@jericho.org.uk

0121 647 1960

#Birmingham #charity #news #socent #volunteer #recycling #woodshack #reduce #reuse #recycle

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Press Release: The Jericho Foundation Announce New Chair of the Board of Trustees

On 18th May 2017 Martin Warner was elected Chair of the Jericho Foundation Board of Trustees. Martin took over this role from Mike Thomas, who has been an outstanding Chair for the last decade.

Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is the co-founder and Chairman of Michelmersh Holdings plc, the fourth largest brick business in the UK. Mike is an international businessman with considerable experience of creating and executing profitable changes in a diverse range of operations. Mike will remain on the Board as a Trustee with specific responsibility for overseeing social enterprise activity.

Martin said “I am honoured to be taking on this role at such a crucial time. Jericho is an exceptional and innovative organisation, faithfully serving some of the most disadvantaged people in Birmingham.  We have a great team and an excellent vision, and I look forward to playing my part in the next chapter of our journey together”.

Mike said “I feel very privileged to have been involved with Jericho for so long. I am excited by the new plans under development, which will have a positive impact on even more local people in need. Martin has exactly the right attributes to help put these plans in place and I will do all I can to support him and the Jericho team to do so”.

Richard Beard, Chief Executive of the Jericho Foundation, said “our Board of Trustees are vital to the ongoing success of the Jericho Foundation as a charity and also as a group of thriving social enterprises. Mike has made an amazing contribution in the last ten years as Chair – we would not be where are now without his leadership. I feel both proud and grateful that Martin will be our new Chair as we move into the next exciting stage of our development”

The Jericho Foundation is a charity which breaks down barriers in society and supports disadvantaged people to become fulfilled, skilled and employed. Jericho works with a broad variety of deprived people who are struggling including young people, ex-offenders, homeless people and survivors of modern slavery. They provide work experience or paid employment in their eco-friendly social enterprises. Alongside this, Jericho deliver a holistic package of support, guidance and training which is tailored to each client’s personal needs. This help enables the clients to end their dependency on benefits, secure sustainable employment and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community. Visit our website http://jericho.org.uk.

* (Caption) Martin Warner Chair of the Jericho Foundation

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For further information on this press release contact Richard Beard, richard.beard@jericho.org.uk, 0121 647 1960

#birmingham #charity #socialenterprise #news #socialvalue #disadvantagedpeople

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