Case Study – Step By Step

Now in his early 50s, IS was trafficked from Hungary into the UK in 2009. He found himself working 5-6 days a week doing manual labour for 8-9 hours a day. All this was for just £15-20 a week.

Amongst other tasks he was asked to drive for the people exploiting him, and ended up being imprisoned for driving offences which he had not understood that he was committing. He tried to leave but with only very limited English found it almost impossible to get other work. IS was also suffering from alcoholism and so needed even that little money from the traffickers to be able to buy alcohol – he was trapped.

Finally, his traffickers abandoned him and he became homeless. He was identified as a potential victim of trafficking by a local homeless shelter in 2014 and began to receive support but continued to struggle with alcoholism and unemployment.

IS was referred to Jericho by Hope for Justice in early 2016 and relocated to Birmingham from the North East to begin part time paid employment in our Landscaping business in February. He moved into supported accommodation in a shared flat, together with 2 other Hungarian survivors (also at Jericho) and a number of other men.

Progress has been slow but steady for IS. His very minimal English has made it more difficult for him to engage with colleagues, as well as to navigate general support services available. He has also been very open about the fact that he continues to battle with an alcohol dependency. Initially this meant that he frequently missed days of work, and there were a number of days where he admitted he had been drinking before work or was suffering ill health as a result of drinking.

With encouragement and support, IS has now been to the Dr and is hoping to be referred for support, together with appropriate interpretation, to begin to address his alcoholism. At Jericho, we have continued to welcome him on days he is able to come and to praise and encourage him on days when he is fit for work. These are becoming more and more frequent as he develops his trust and confidence and begins to feel the benefits of employment and interaction on his mental health.

IS has been encouraged to participate in weekly ESOL lessons to improve his very limited English but he has so far struggled to do this without the support of his 2 Hungarian friends. We will continue to encourage him in this, but are thrilled to see that he is making more of an effort to communicate in English with others at work as we see his confidence growing, and he has become a valued member of the staff team.

It is a long journey ahead for IS but every week at the moment sees him taking steps in the right direction and, in the words of his support worker at Hope for Justice, “Jericho has now provided him a great opportunity to get back on his feet.”

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Jericho Foundation Construction Staff Helping Ten Thousand Homes to Build Homes in South Africa

A home is something so many of us take for granted. Andy and Eugene of Jericho Construction have gone to South Africa to help build homes for the most vulnerable. They have joined forces with Ten Thousand Homes and Youth With A Mission.

Ten Thousand Homes is a non-profit organisation building hope and creating homes – to find out more, visit their website: http://tenthousandhomes.org.

Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures and age groups, who work with people from over 130 countries. For more information, visit their website: https://www.ywam.org/wp/.

The Jericho Foundation is so proud that Andy and Eugene decided to use their holiday to help others.

Jericho Construction is one of the largest of the Jericho Foundation social enterprises, employing a large team of highly qualified construction professionals, skilled tradespeople and apprentices, all working with the sole aim of delivering high quality services at competitive prices, while still delivering great social value.

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

#birmingham #charity #socialenterprise #news #construction #jerichoinafrica #buyabrick #ywam

 

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Apprentice Case Study – Getting Back On Track

H’s mum originally contacted Jericho to ask for help following a continuous deterioration in their relationship and his increasingly volatile behaviour.

Background

H is a 17 year old with ADHD who lives in a suburb of Birmingham with a supportive family and a decent secondary school education. He has been in trouble with the Police for possession of a class C drug and also a motoring offence.  Although he gained some qualifications in plumbing and worked as a plumber’s assistant for 10 months he has done nothing since. His mum was worried about his drug use and the negative effect it was having on his behaviour and the lack of motivation to do something constructive with his life.

Progression

The work trial proved to be a breeze with H demonstrating a good attitude and aptitude for the work in the ReUse business. He was consequently offered a 12 month apprenticeship.

A few weeks into the programme however H’s punctuality began to waiver and he also failed to make contact with us when he wasn’t able to attend work. His line manager gave him a grace period to rectify this, but when the problem persisted he was given a formal notice to improve. We discovered that H’s home life continued to be turbulent and that he was still prone to angry outbursts. He also explained that he had stopped taking his prescribed medication for his ADHD because he felt it wasn’t working.

His Jericho mentor encouraged H to meet with his doctor and discuss his medication. Subsequently H met with a private consultant and received a new prescription which seemed to be more effective. H was initially quite open to talking about his home life and felt that coming to work was a really positive experience for him and helped him to get a better perspective on life and an appreciation of the support from his family and colleagues.

Our soft skills assessment showed that H’s confidence, self esteem and motivation levels continued to improve whilst anxiety levels fell. His home life was improving and he enjoyed being at work with his attendance at 93%.

Things took a turn for the worse mid-way through the apprenticeship. H’s behaviour at home became more aggressive and his mother was concerned that things were getting out of control. The CS manager made special appointments, beyond the routine monthly visits, to try and explore what was causing the upset in the family. H was reluctant to divulge too much and was prone to outbursts during these sessions and was reluctant to take any responsibility for his actions and placing all the blame firmly at his parents’ feet. He was encouraged to try and see things from other perspectives, but was adamant that he was entirely right and others were entirely wrong.

Things came to a head when he had a physical altercation with his father. The Police arrested him and a court appearance followed. He moved into a friend’s home temporarily. The CS manager met with H to offer support in finding accommodation and to attend court with him.

H explained that he was communicating with his parents, that his mum was in touch and was going to court with him. The court’s decision was relatively favourable and H was admonished and made to pay a fine. His parents continued to be supportive and invited him back into the family home.

In subsequent meetings with the CS team H was talkative and remorseful. He acknowledged that he was responsible for his own conduct and appreciative of the need to give and take in his relationship with his family. We also discussed how much his parents loved him and he them. He was determined that things would change – the whole episode had given him a new appreciation for his parents and his home. He also acknowledged the support he had received from his colleagues and mentors at Jericho and is determined to complete his apprenticeship with a flourish.

Update: H did successfully complete his apprenticeship and has been retained as a full time staff member on a temporary contract.

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Birch HR Joins the Jericho Foundation’s Loft Workspace

The Jericho Foundation are thrilled to have another new occupant at The Loft Workspace – Birch HR, who deliver flexible HR services built with schools, academies, social enterprises and SMEs in mind.

An independent HR provider, Birch HR deliver high quality advice to ensure the best possible outcomes, to maximize business performance, to raise standards and to improve the lives of children and young people. They provide flexible and affordable HR support when their customers most need it, enabling significant improvements in education, health and in business. You can find out more on birch-hr.co.uk.

The Loft Workspace is an affordable, flexible office rental space based in South Birmingham. It supports the changing accommodation needs of growing businesses, charities and other organisations.  It offers a variety of different workspace packages which provide a wide range of office rental options, including offices in a range of sizes (from 1 to 6 workstations), an open-plan working area (for coworking/hot-desking) and meeting rooms of different sizes/layouts for hire. For more details see theloftworkspace.co.uk.

Samantha Hulson, Director of Birch HR, said “we wanted modern office space, with a great business community and the flexibility to accommodate our business as we grow. We are so pleased to have found this, so close to the centre of Birmingham”.

Richard Beard, Chief Executive of the Jericho Foundation, said “we are delighted to welcome Samantha, Nicola and their team to our buzzing Loft Workspace. Their focus on using their expertise to enable an outstanding school experience, is very important to 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 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 #socialvalue #officespace #sociallyresponsible #HR

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Jericho Foundation Welcomes Social Value Plus to The Loft Workspace

Picture: Jericho Foundation welcomes Social Value Plus CIC to the Loft WorkspaceThe Jericho Foundation are delighted to welcome a unique new Midlands-based Community Interest Company (CIC), Social Value Plus, to The Loft Workspace.

Social Value Plus CIC supports businesses in maximising their social value and impact, by identifying and addressing the priorities of their customers.

Rokneddin Shariat, Director of Social Value Plus, said:

“As a brand new Community Interest Company, I was looking for flexible, cost-effective office space, in an accessible location. The Loft Workspace not only provides all of this, but does it while supporting the values of local socially-responsible organisations.”

Richard Beard, Chief Executive of the Jericho Foundation, who operate the Loft Workspace, said:

“We are so pleased that Shariat is joining us at The Loft Workspace. Social Value is at the heart of everything we do at the Jericho Foundation, and we are keen to support this valuable new CIC.”

 

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About Social Value Plus CIC

Social Value Plus is a Community Interest Company that helps businesses maximise the return on their social value activity, by delivering outcomes that address their customers’ priorities. Members subscribe to Social Value Plus and benefit from a range of services. These include:

  • Matching Projects – helping you choose the right third sector project to support
  • Social Value Workshops – clarifying what you need to know when tendering for public sector contracts
  • The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility – providing support with drafting your Charter action plan.

You can find out more on www.socialvalueplus.org
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About the Loft Workspace

The Loft Workspace is an affordable, flexible office rental space based in South Birmingham. It supports the changing accommodation needs of growing businesses, charities and other organisations.

The Loft Workspace offers a variety of different packages, providing a wide range of office rental options, including:

  • offices in a range of sizes, from one to six workstations
  • an open-plan working area for coworking and hot-desking
  • meeting rooms of different sizes and layouts for hire.

For more details see www.theloftworkspace.co.uk
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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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Super Saturday @ The Wood Shack! Come on down for bargains, breakfast and family fun!

We are hosting a special Saturday opening of our popular Wood Shack recycling unit. Located in Mount Street, Birmingham, The Wood Shack is always open to the public, but usually just during the week. However, following the success of our late night Wednesday events, we want to invite you all to join us on

Saturday 20th May, 9.30 am – 2.30 pm

Unit 9, Metro Triangle, Mount Street, Birmingham, B7 5QT

  • Extensive recycled wood yard
  • Special discounts on selected items
  • Ready made, reclaimed wood products for sale
  • Cutting service available
  • Consultations for bespoke, personalised and custom-made orders – ideal as birthday and wedding gifts
  • Orders available to collect
  • Friendly team on hand to offer advice and guidance
  • Activities to keep the kids entertained!
  • Croissants, coffee, squash and cakes!

So, spend your Saturday morning having some relaxed family fun and supporting a great cause!

We look forward to seeing you there.

For more details please contact:

Kirsty Palmer
Recycling Office Supervisor
The Wood Shack
Kirsty.Palmer@jericho.org.uk
0121 327 6102
www.jericho.org.uk

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

 

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Our March Star of the Month is the bright spark behind our new Wednesday @ The Woodshack events!

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.

March’s recipient was Kirsty Palmer, Office Supervisor of our Recyling Social Enterprise.

Jericho Wood Recycling is a social enterprise set up to reclaim, re-use and recycle wood to provide good quality reclaimed timber, wooden products and firewood for sale to the people of Birmingham and beyond at a great price. As one of the Jericho Foundation social enterprises, we do this while providing opportunities for apprenticeships, volunteering and training in the local community.

Kirsty is an immensely positive and dynamic person and has made a real difference since joining Jericho. She has been awarded the Star of the Month for initiating our valuable Wednesday @ The Woodshack events – where we invite customers to visit the Woodshack on a Wednesday evening for special offers, bespoke orders, our cutting service and refreshments. Kirsty is building on this successful initiative with a Super Saturday opening on 20th May.

In the picture you can see Kirsty receiving the award from Richard Beard, Chief Executive.

#Birmingham #charity #socialenterprise #news #recycling #woodrecycling

If you would like more information about any of the above products or services, please:

Website: http://jericho.org.uk/wood-recycling/

Email: woodrecycling@jericho.org.uk

Telephone: 0121 327 6102

Visit: Unit 9, Metro Triangle, Mount Street, Birmingham, B7 5QT

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Social Enterprise UK – Buy Social Corporate Challenge

In just over a year since the Downing Street launch of the Buy Social Corporate Challenge it has already demonstrated an incredible impact. The full report and three new partners will be announced at an event in Westminster on the 11th May.

For those of you who don’t know, the Challenge is an initiative led by SEUK in partnership with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, and Business in the Community, which will see a group of high profile businesses aim to spend £1 billion with UK social enterprises by 2020.

Founding partners of the Corporate Challenge are Interserve, Johnson & Johnson, PwC, Santander, Wates, Zurich and RBS.

To find out more about registering to become a partner with social enterprises for your procurement needs, visit the website.

#birmingham #charity #socialenterprise #socent #news #letsbuysocial #buysocial

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Students from the Netherlands visit the Jericho Foundation

It was great to welcome students from Friesland College, Stenden University and NHL Hogeschool in the Netherlands as they visited the Jericho Foundation in Birmingham on Thursday 27th April.

The visit was part of their Studies researching into Social Enterprise in the UK. Richard Beard, Chief Executive, gave a talk about Jericho, the eight social enterprises that we run and the important social value they provide.

Many thanks to our friend Duncan Chamberlain from Bridging to the Future for arranging the visit.

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 #internationalstudents #buysocial #environmentallyfriendly #sociallyresponsible

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Jericho Construction Exhibiting at Walsall Networkers Expo


Jericho Construction will be exhibiting at the Walsall Networkers Expo:

Friday 16th June 2017

9.30 am – 12.00 pm

Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton WS1 3BD

Richard Jolly, Contracts Manager, will be asking everyone if he can pay them an introduction fee for identifying residential development land, but will also be happy to talk about the other Jericho social enterprises.

REGISTER FOR ‘WALSALL NETWORKERS’ EXPO – Friday 16th June, 9.30am at The Performance Hub, Walsall, here.

#birmingham #charity #socialenterprise #news #construction #walsallexpo

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