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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.

Email: catering@jericho.org.uk

Tel: 0121 647 1960

http://jericho.org.uk/catering/

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Use your Purchasing Power Wisely and #BuySocial to Support #SocialSaturday

The Jericho Foundation is a charity which breaks down barriers in society and supports marginalised individuals to become fulfilled, skilled and employed. Jericho works with a broad variety of disadvantaged people who are struggling including young people, ex-offenders, homeless people, survivors of modern slavery and those with complex needs.

Jericho provides employment, apprenticeships, work experience and volunteering opportunities in eight eco-friendly social enterprises. Alongside this, Jericho delivers a holistic package of support, mentoring and training which is tailored to each client’s personal needs.

Since 1993, Jericho has supported over 7,000 individuals and over 70% of beneficiaries to find sustainable employment and economic independence, enabling them to end any dependency on benefits and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community.

Our social enterprises are part of a network of around 70,000 social enterprises in the UK contributing over £24bn to the economy. By reinvesting their profits back into the business or the local community, when a social enterprise profits – society profits.

Social enterprises provide high quality products and services, while delivering strong social and environmental value to businesses as well as individuals. By purchasing from social enterprises, organisations are unleashing the potential of their buying spend to create long-term sustainable value.

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!

Our social enterprises offer a range of products and services and include:

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 disadvantaged 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. Buy from one of the Jericho Foundation’s social enterprises – get a great deal and make a difference. To find out more about our 8 #socents, please visit our website.

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First Aid Training – Learning to be a Life-Saver

There are a wide variety of campaigns and initiatives being launched through the UK, to raise awareness of the importance of basic First Aid Training. Whether you are just starting your career, work in a large company, are a mother who primarily stays at home with your children, or a person who takes care of elderly relatives, you might find yourself in a situation where you can literally save a life.

Accordingly, if you find yourself in an emergency situation, where an individual is hurt or wounded, having a knowledge of basic life-saving skills can be invaluable. Some simple First Aid training can help you to feel much more confident in respect of dealing with such a crisis. In addition, it is universally acknowledged that the early application of First Aid greatly increases survival rates.

Furthermore, here are 5 First Aid Hints & Tips:

  1. Direct pressure stops bleeding
  2. Anyone can utilise a defibrillator – they are often found in public places and are fully automated
  3. Nosebleeds – pinch the soft part of the nose and lean forwards not back!
  4. Cold running water for burns
  5. Continuous chest compression till medical help arrives

The Jericho Foundation delivers high quality first aid training at our Head Office in Balsall Heath throughout the year.

For further details visit the website.

To book your place, please email us at training@jericho.org.uk  or call us on 0121 647 1960.

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Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking throughout the UK – how Jericho helps

A report on the BBC News website on 10th August claimed that modern slavery and human trafficking are now “…in every UK town and city.” According to the National Crime Agency, both are “…far more prevalent than previously thought.”

The NCA said that previous estimates of 10,000 – 13,000 victims in the UK were the “tip of the iceberg” and that they believe there are tens of thousands of victims, with key sectors now including food processing, fishing, agriculture, construction, domestic workers, care workers and car washes.

There are more than 300 live policing operations at the moment, the agency stated, with cases affecting “…every large town and city in the country.” Indeed, trafficking into modern slavery is now so widespread, that ordinary people are probably coming into contact with victims as they go about their normal daily life.

The Jericho Foundation is among the leading organisations in the UK, with the experience, expertise and resources to deliver a programme of voluntary and paid work, training and tailored support, to enable Survivors of Modern Slavery to end their dependency on benefits, secure sustainable employment and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community.

Survivors are generally capable hardworking individuals who have been duped, abused and exploited. Rescue and safe-house accommodation are only the start of the journey for these survivors, and they often face many obstacles to becoming successful, productive members of society. These obstacles can include:

  • No entitlement, or limited access to benefits following their period in a safe house – this includes housing benefit
  • Difficulty accessing appropriate housing
  • Challenges with navigating the asylum process, where appropriate
  • Lack of skills or qualifications
  • Difficulty in finding paid employment
  • Lack of language skills
  • Substance dependency developed during exploitation
  • Low self-esteem and lack of confidence
  • Mental health problems including post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety
  • Financial problems, including debt or benefit fraud built up in their name
  • Dearth of provision of work placement opportunities for disadvantaged groups.

Each of these obstacles tackled individually would be difficult enough to overcome, but taken together they can appear insurmountable. Lack of ongoing support, post-rescue and post-safe house, is a nationally-recognised problem. Government-funded support ends abruptly and a report compiled by expert agencies in the field states that, “…the current situation leaves survivors with little realistic opportunity to rebuild their lives, with some ending up destitute, vulnerable to further harm or even being re- exploited…”. Indeed, survivors are frequently at risk of homelessness and sleeping on the street.

However, there is another way. Members of the Jericho Client Support Team are able to work with these survivors to identify exactly the type of support that they need in order to recover, gain confidence and participate in an appropriate paid or voluntary work placement (usually in one of their eight Social Enterprises). The Team and Social Enterprise Managers work together to provide a holistic package of on-the-job support, guidance and training. When the placement is finished, and the survivor has gained the skills and abilities to return to mainstream work, the Jericho staff then help them to find a suitable position.

In addition to the benefits of employment as a therapeutic intervention, and the positive impact on mental health, confidence, and self-esteem, paid employment also makes secure accommodation a reality for the survivors. This removes the risk of homelessness and allows survivors to continue their journey towards being a fulfilled member of society, who can contribute to the UK culture and economy.

If you would like more information or would like to support us , please visit: http://jericho.org.uk/about-modern-slavery/

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Jericho Foundation Wins a Weston Charity Award 2017

The Jericho Foundation was honoured to receive a Weston Charity Award at a recent celebration event held at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum.

The Weston Charity Awards gives small charities across the North of England and the Midlands unrestricted funding plus access to strategic support and mentoring from business leaders through the organisation Pilotlight.

Richard Beard, Chief Executive of the Jericho Foundation, said “winning this award could not have come at a more opportune time, as we move into the next exciting stage of our development. We are grateful to The Garfield Weston Foundation for this award and relish the opportunity to work with Pilotlight to further evolve our skills, resilience and adaptability”.

Philippa Charles, Director of Garfield Weston Foundation, said: We are living through a period of unprecedented change. Charities must be resilient and sustainable if they are to support people through such disruptive times. The better prepared charities are, the better placed they are to deliver the support needed. It is quite literally a case of adapt or die. This is why the Weston Charity Awards help charities become stronger, more effective and fit for the future.

The Jericho Foundation is a charity which breaks down barriers in society and supports marginalised individuals to become fulfilled, skilled and employed. Jericho works with a broad variety of disadvantaged people who are struggling including young people, ex-offenders, homeless people, survivors of modern slavery and those with complex needs. Jericho provides employment, apprenticeships, work experience and volunteering opportunities in eight eco-friendly social enterprises. Alongside this, Jericho delivers a holistic package of support, mentoring and training which is tailored to each client’s personal needs. Since 1993, Jericho has supported over 7,000 individuals, and over 70% of beneficiaries find sustainable employment and economic independence, enabling them to end any dependency on benefits and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community.

* (Caption) Martin Warner, Chair (Jericho Foundation), Richard Beard, Chief Executive (Jericho Foundation) and Philippa Charles, Director (Garfield Weston Foundation)

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

Notes to editors

Weston Charity Awards

The Garfield Weston Foundation launched the awards in 2014 to benefit charities in the North East of England and expanded their reach in 2015. Announcing this year’s winners, it said that the constantly evolving political landscape and uncertain economic environment were among the key factors impacting on the success of small charities today. The Foundation called on small charities to develop ways to help them become more resilient. It has identified five areas of major disruption, which it says offer equal amounts of risk and opportunity, depending on how they are managed: politics, the economy, technology, trust and transparency, and increasing demands.

https://westoncharityawards.org

Pilotlight

Pilotlight is a unique, capacity building charity offering free tailored strategic planning support to charities and social enterprises that are tackling disadvantage in the UK. Through the Pilotlight Programme, we match directors from charities and social enterprises with teams of senior business people and facilitate a year long engagement to plan for sustainability, development and growth.

http://www.pilotlight.org.uk

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Another ‘Super Saturday’ @ the Wood Shack

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We are hosting another Super Saturday at our popular Wood Shack and this time we are encouraging you to bring the children!

There will be activities to keep the kids entertained and introduce them to working with wood. They can learn to sand, make their own dice and even create a wooden robot!

As usual we will be displaying some of our new products, offering special discounts on recycled wood and providing plenty of drinks and snacks.


Saturday 19th August, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm

Unit 8, 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 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

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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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