Jericho team wins University “Bake-Off” for National Apprenticeship Week

Birmingham employers whipped themselves into shape to beat off the competition in a bake-off at University College Birmingham for National Apprenticeship Week. Teams of two from Jericho Foundation, Moseley Hall Hospital, The Salon, Midland Heart Housing Association and UCB itself went spatula to spatula in the Victoria sponge challenge, part of a week-long line-up of events to mark the UK awareness week.

Against stiff competition, it was Helen Worrall and Ann Jarvis from Jericho, who were delighted to take the trophy, the other teams getting in a bit of a jam with their masterpieces.

Jacob Walker, Employer Contracts Officer at UCB, said the event at one of UCB’s training kitchens was great fun – with a few of the cakes having more than a soggy bottom – and gave employers the chance to meet and talk about their apprenticeship experiences.
“Aside from my team coming second from last, the bake-off was a brilliant, less formal way to bring together some of the employers who provide the on-the-job training elements of our growing number of apprenticeship schemes,” he said.
“We have always had great links with industry, but with the current drive on apprenticeships and employers wanting more tailored programmes that are relevant and truly benefit their businesses, we are building even more engagement and developing exciting new opportunities.

The bake-off was judged by Rebecca Chitty, owner of Birmingham’s Chitty’s Cakes, Assistant Dean of UCB’s College of Food Samantha Dowle and UCB assessor Johnny Robson. Bakery apprentice Jessica Dalton, who now works at the University while studying for a degree after completing a Level 3 Bakery Apprenticeship, was also on judging panel.


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Supporting Victims of Modern Slavery (….And celebrating being able to walk again!)

DR KARAMAT IQBAL, one of the trustees of the Jericho Foundation is raising money to help with the work of the charity and its support for Victims of Modern Slavery.

An education professional and consultant who has specialised in the field of providing second chances to disadvantaged individuals, Karamat knows first-hand what it feels like not to be able to walk and so, over Easter this year, accompanied by his son, he will be embarking on a proper long walk in Italy to raise money for Jericho.

Here’s Karamat’s Story : –

In 2014 I spent three or four, extremely long, days lying in my bed in the Critical Care Unit at the Birmingham QE Hospital, having spent the previous seven days under a general anaesthetic. They had operated on me, twice, during that period. Apparently, I nearly did not wake up.
I was completely immobile. I could not move about in the bed, without help. Thoughts such as ‘Is this it?’ Or ‘Will I ever be able to put on my walking boots again?’ were constantly going through my mind.

Then one day the physio man came; a supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers (so I called him Wolf Man). He said, “when I come tomorrow, I want you to walk”. It took a while to register what he had said. What is this walking that he is talking about? Who walks? How do you do it? I could do it in my head, but nothing more. At that time, I even needed help to turn over in my bed.
Tomorrow came. True to his word he was there. It took a great deal of effort to get out of my bed. Then I managed to do it. I took two, maybe three, steps. What a mighty feat it was. I had climbed my K2. The rest was going to follow. “I will make sure it does”, I thought.

Over the next couple of weeks, I built on those first steps. I walked the ward, progressively going further, until one day managing to do the entire length. I then walked out of the ward, along the long corridor, all the way to the lifts.

The next, possibly the last, major challenge was to walk the stairs. The first time I did it, I nearly fell down. I discovered that walking the stairs was different from walking on the flat. Apparently, you have to remember to bend your legs as you climb up or down! I was just like those very young children whose parents worry when they have to navigate the stairs.

Once I had worked out how to do the stairs, I walked down to the next floor, holding very tightly to the railing. Then two floors, then three…..

After coming home I walked regularly; almost daily. Each time walking that much further. After a year I walked 12 miles, the distance between our house and the hospital. I was accompanied by some 25 friends and family.

And now over Easter, nearly four years on from waking up from my operation, I have decided to embark on a proper long walk, accompanied by my son with his younger legs. So, as a bit of a challenge. We are going to Italy where we shall walk everyday.
I am really looking forward to spending time with my son and using my legs for the purpose they were meant for. And, of course, raising money for Jericho Foundation in their work to support victims of Modern Slavery.

To support Karamat and to help raise money for Jericho, please visit the Jericho Just Giving page which can be accessed from the web site
Or click on this link to go straight to the page


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Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust funds apprenticeships for Sutton young people through Jericho Social Enterprises

The Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust (SCCT) has just awarded a substantial grant to the Jericho Foundation to help fund an apprenticeship programme for 10 Sutton Residents per year for the next three years, starting in January 2018.
Local Sutton Young People, up to age 29, who are not in Education, Employment or Training will be able to apply for the programme which will increase their employment opportunities, confidence and self-esteem as well as helping them to develop valuable new skills and competencies.
Opportunities for supported employment will be available across the wide range of Jericho Social Enterprises which include Catering, Construction, Landscaping, Cleaning, Print and Recycling as well as the well-known ReUsers charity shop located at the Old Depot, Norris Way close to Sutton town centre.
Richard Beard CEO of the Jericho Foundation, said “From the first point of contact with Jericho, we want these potential apprentices to feel valued, loved and respected – they are not facts and figures, but individuals with aspirations and potential”
The principal objectives of the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust are the provision of Almshouses, the distribution of funds and other measures for the alleviation of hardship and other needs for inhabitants and organisations within the boundaries of the former Borough of Sutton Coldfield.
The Trust’s origins can be traced back to Tudor times. Throughout a long history it has improved the lives of generations of people in Sutton Coldfield, particularly those in the greatest need. It has sustained its core priority to alleviate suffering, while redefining and extending its benefits to reflect changing times and needs.
You can find out more about the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust on their web site at

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Jericho and “The Bridge” Partnership Supports Women to Escape from Addictions

Since 2011, Jericho have been working in partnership with The Bridge, a non-profit organisation bringing hope to men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions while also serving the needs of those exiting prostitution.

An outreach from Oasis Church, Birmingham, The Bridge run three supported accommodation houses in the city, providing support in recovery, right through to re-engaging with employment and establishing independent living.

One of these houses is “The Timbers” located in Moseley, close to the Jericho offices. A hostel specifically for women and girls, Jericho provides voluntary work placements for Timbers residents, in addition to other Bridge clients.

During the 6 ½ years that Timbers has been running, a total of 81 girls have come through the project, with the average stay for each resident of 10 months, the lowest time being a few days and the longest stay 18 months. All came with drug and/or alcohol addiction and were referred by prisons, community addiction teams, rehabs and other support agencies specifically for women.

As part of their recovery all clients are supported to engage in voluntary work and/or training, provided through local colleges, support agencies and local companies or charities including Jericho.

Another benefit of the service provided by The Bridge is increased contact with family including children and for those where it is safe for them to do so, this can be an important part of their ongoing development in building positive, healthy relationships.

Like many other charities in the City of Birmingham, The Bridge has faced challenges due to changes in statutory provision in the recovery world, however, as they have broadened their reach across the Midlands, referrals for the whole project have been on the increase.

You can find out more about the Bridge at
And the Oasis Church Birmingham at

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Jericho’s “Labour for Change” programme is renamed “Equiano”

In March this year, Jericho announced its Lottery funded “Labour for Change” Project, building on our pilot project and designed to dramatically improve the economic, social and personal outcomes of the survivors of modern slavery and those at risk of this kind of exploitation.

We have now adopted the name “Equiano” for all of our pioneering work with Survivors of Modern Slavery, honouring the journey and work of Olaudah Equiano. An African slave, seaman and merchant, Equiano went on to write an autobiography depicting the horrors of slavery and lobbied in parliament for its abolition.

Born in 1745, kidnapped and sold into slavery as a child, he worked in Barbados and then Virginia before being sold aged 12 to a naval captain who brought him to England. After being sold yet again, and after years in slavery Equiano was able to buy his freedom. He experienced further mistreatment and attempts to enslave him before finding employment with a resettlement project giving safety to freed slaves.

He went on to form “Sons of Africa”, a group campaigning for the abolition of slavery through public speaking, letter writing and lobbying parliament. He also used his own life story as a powerful argument against slavery. His autobiography was titled “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano” and it depicted the horrors of slavery that many people faced. The publication was instrumental in the formation and passage of the British Slave Trade Act of 1807 which made African Slave Trade illegal, 10 years after Equiano’s death.

Even as a free man, Equiano often experienced dark times and also contemplated suicide before he turned to the Protestant religion and found peace in his faith, a fact that strikes a chord with us at Jericho as we know that, faced with the exploitation and hopelessness that modern slavery brings, many of the people we have helped have indeed struggled to cope with the personal effects of this terrible crime.

So, as we continue to build on our vision of transforming the lives of victims of modern slavery, we remember particularly Olaudah Equiano for his bravery and pioneering work in the fight against Slavery all those years ago.

Read more about Jericho and our support for the survivors of Modern Slavery here
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HSBC Volunteers Brighten Up Our Landscape and Recycling Staff Areas

HSBC are keen to encourage their staff to participate in voluntary work, to support charities in the local area.

Recently, members of the Compliance Team spent a day painting the staff areas for our landscape and recycling teams.

They made a terrific job of it! Jericho would like to thank HSBC and the helpful members of their artistic Compliance Team.


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Jericho Announces, “Star of the Month” for two of its highly valued staff members

The Jericho Foundation values our staff and recognises their efforts, actions and behaviours. One of the ways that we do this is by awarding a Star of the Month cash prize to a member of staff who has done more than expected – an individual who has gone the extra mile and accomplished a task or service above and beyond the call of duty.
One of the latest recipients of the Award was Ibrahim Shaiban. Ibrahim works in the Edward Road branch of ReUsers – Jericho’s successful environmentally-friendly social enterprise whose ethos is that “junk is for life and not for landfill”.
Ibrahim has made an impressive contribution to the sales of the ReUsers shop recently, as well as being a truly welcoming face of Jericho. When giving the award, Richard Beard remarked on Ibraham’s amazing ability to generate 5 days’ worth of income for the shop in the 3 days that he is at work! So congratulations Ibrahim and a very well-deserved award!
Another of the Jericho Staff who has been working above and beyond the call of duty is James Watkin seen here receiving his award from Andy Jones who heads up the Jericho Construction social enterprise.
Nominated by one of his colleagues from our Wood Recycling and Landscaping division, James has been doing some amazing work in helping us to re-organise our Nechells factory unit. He has also safely installed a new dust extractor along with providing mentoring and instruction for the users of the equipment – some of which was kindly done by James out of working hours.
James is upbeat, positive and always encourages everyone he works with, he is a real credit to Jericho – Well Done James!
#Birmingham #charity #socialenterprise #news #recycling #woodrecycling #construction
If you would like more information about any of the above products or services, please:
Telephone: 0121 647 1960
Visit: The Jericho Foundation, 196¬–198 Edward Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 9LX

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Ecclesiastical Insurance form Corporate Social Responsibility alliance with Jericho

Ecclesiastical Insurance have taken major steps to become a key corporate social responsibility (CSR) partner of the Jericho Foundation.

Ecclesiastical are a specialist insurance and financial services company with 130 years of experience offering honest advice, deep expertise and caring protection. As part of their commitment to CSR, Ecclesiastical recently donated £1,250 towards the EPOS system in the Jericho ReUsers store, where we rescue, restore and recycle secondhand items.

Moreover, members of the Ecclesiastical team are also using their “volunteer hours” to help out at ReUsers and with the Jericho Landscape team.

Both Jericho and Ecclesiastical are keen to develop this mutually-beneficial relationship even further. Jericho staff have attended Ecclesiastical Team Briefings to ensure the entire organisation knows about Jericho and what it does.

In the photo above you can see Ade Tate, Regional Director and Di Jones, Office Manager of Ecclesiastical with Steve Crutchley of ReUsers.

The Jericho Foundation is a charity which breaks down barriers in society and supports underprivileged 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 delivers 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. To find out more, please visit

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Jericho ReUsers Celebrate #SocialSaturday with Cakes & Coffee!

Social Saturday is taking place on 14 October. It is a UK-wide day of activity to celebrate and raise awareness of British social enterprises. Social Saturday is all about encouraging people to buy from social enterprises, businesses that put people and planet first. Unleash your spending power and make a difference!

The Jericho Foundation is looking forward to getting involved and using the day to bring attention to our eight social enterprises!

At The ReUsers Centre in Sutton Coldfield, you will have an opportunity to see our new product range and purchase a wide variety of rescued and restored bargains. We will also have stock from the WoodShack available, including ready-made and reclaimed wood products for sale.

Our friendly team will be on hand to offer advice and guidance and there will be plenty of free coffee and cakes for our socially-motivated customers!

Saturday 14th October, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm 

ReUsers, The Old Depot, Norris Way, Sutton Coldfield, B75 7BB

Obviously, any profits raised by Jericho are ploughed directly back into the local community by the Jericho Foundation and fund all of our work with underprivileged people facing barriers to employment. All donations and purchases enable us to offer long-term support to many in need.

Please join in and use your purchasing power on #SocialSaturday.

Pop along to ReUsers or buy from one of the Jericho Foundation’s social enterprises.

Get a great deal and make a difference!

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Planning your Christmas Party? Enjoy Stress-Free Catering with Jericho

No sooner have people settled back into the office after the summer holiday season, than preparation for the Christmas festivities begins!

If you have been tasked with planning the office Christmas Party, here are some things to remember:

  • location, location, location – pick a place where people will feel comfortable and free to let their hair down
  • make a date – choose the date for the party as early as you can, as diaries get filled up pretty fast over the festive period
  • luscious lunch or after-work affair – decide whether it’s going to be a relaxed-but-fun lunchtime get-together, or more of an after-work bash with drinks and dancing
  • what’s the bottom line – agree a budget and try to stick to it: this should cover food, drink, decorations and entertainment if required
  • relax and enjoy – when everything is planned, booked and sorted, get into the party spirit and have a great time!

Let Jericho Catering help with a scrumptious, inexpensive buffet:

For more information or to arrange a visit to discuss your individual catering or buffet requirements, please do get in touch by email or by phone or visit the website.


Tel: 0121 647 1960

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