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Last Thursday (26th January 2017) we ran our very first Social Enterprise workshop aimed at connecting, equipping and empowering churches and Christian organisations with the basic knowledge and resources to engage in social change through social enterprise.
Senior Management of the host organisation, the Jericho Foundation, have over 20 years’ experience of running social enterprise businesses across Birmingham. Jericho has a Christian mission at its heart to help break down the barriers of unemployment in the city. Today, Jericho employs approximately 72 core staff with a further 17 apprentices and survivors of human trafficking undertaking supported work placements across 8 social enterprises. Jericho has a turnover of approx £3.2m a year of which 86% comes from social enterprise trading.
Chief Exec Richard Beard started the day by sharing the Jericho story and his vision, passion and faith that are the foundation of Jericho. Throughout the day members of the senior management team shared their tips and advice, and delegates also got the opportunity to explore and develop their own Social Enterprise business ideas.
Speakers included Helen Worrell (ReUse and Recycle Senior Social Enterprise Manager), Nigel Lawrence (Catering, Cleaning and Print Social Enterprise Manager) Patrick Masih (Client Support Manager) and Roger Bauckham (Director of Nexgen Marketing, a partner organisation).
Delegates received an insight into the world of social enterprise and throughout the workshop key elements were discussed to enable delegates to create a workable business plan for their social enterprise. Delegates came away inspired and with the practical steps to start developing their own enterprises in the local communities they serve.
“It was good to have the input from several members of the Jericho senior team giving a full range of viewpoints and lots of information” – Jeremy Thompson, Restore
“Very informative – Great to hear the Jericho story and to hear directly from the senior management team” – Pastor Cassius Francis, Wesleyan Holiness Church, Wolverhampton
“There were opportunities to explore potential projects” – Pastor John Bradbury, Farnworth Baptist Church, Bolton
If you would like to be kept up-to-date with information on when the next course is please email Patricia White: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The finance provided will typically be in the form of share capital or unsecured loans repayable after three years. Since April 2014, any registered charity, community interest company or community benefit scheme with fewer than 500 employees and gross assets of no more than £15m can use SITR to raise funds for various projects from people with a social conscience. It was billed as the first scheme of its kind in the world to incentivise social investment through the personal tax system.
As a Birmingham-based registered charity, the Jericho Foundation provides a holistic package of personal development support to local people who are at the margins of society and who are experiencing significant personal and occupational barriers to employment. We deliver supported employment, qualifications, skills, work experience and apprenticeship programmes within our eight social enterprise businesses. These businesses trade in the commercial market place offering high quality, value for money goods and services to a broad range of customers in the private, public and third sectors.
Our Client Support Team comprises a group of skilled people who provide individual guidance, employability skills and mentoring to the people we support. This is essential to help those people to overcome their barriers and become fully skilled, fulfilled and ready for employment – obviously this is a cost that does not affect other, regular trading organisations.
Our social enterprise trading delivers the vast majority of the income that the charity requires (85% of our £3.2M turnover for the year ending March 2016). However, to augment this we have a constant need for working capital. We are always looking for social investors who can help provide this funding.
Individual investors who choose to support our charity by lending to us can enjoy significant tax benefits plus interest through the SITR scheme, sure in the knowledge that they will be helping disadvantaged people in Birmingham.
As an example of SITR, a UK tax payer who lends £10,000 to Jericho for 3 years can claim £3,000 back immediately in tax relief and then enjoy up to 4% interest every year for 3 years. Then, if they choose to donate the money to us, they could claim an extra tax rebate and we can claim gift aid, effectively giving Jericho an income of £12,500 for an investment of as little as £2,675.
To see our HMRC approval certificate and FAQ click here.
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One of the oldest buildings in the city, Birmingham Cathedral, is also showing great community spirit by employing a member of the Jericho Cleaning social enterprise to keep the Cathedral immaculate in the new year.
Built in 1715 as the new parish church “on the hill”, St Philip’s is Grade 1 listed and a rare and fine example of elegant English Baroque architecture. The Cathedral is ‘Mother Church’ to the Diocese and hosts major diocesan celebrations including ordinations of priests and deacons to serve the Diocese. Situated in the heart of the business and administrative centre of the city, the Cathedral also has an important role in civic life, hosting Services and events through the year. The Cathedral is open every day for prayer, visitors, school parties or guided tours.
The Revd Canon Nigel Hand, Acting Dean of Birmingham (Canon Missioner), said “we are delighted to be employing a member of the Jericho Cleaning social enterprise. We are keen to support local social enterprises and want to build our relationship with the Jericho Foundation. We wholeheartedly endorse their mission to help disadvantaged local people back into training, employment and ultimately a valuable place in society.”
Jericho Cleaning is a leading social enterprise which is growing rapidly and delivering high levels of social value in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Jericho Cleaning provides a full range of contract hygiene services to a wide variety of businesses, schools and voluntary organisations. Jericho Cleaning sets high standards and works with those in real need – staff may suffer from a lack of skills or qualifications, homelessness or alcohol or substance misuse. One of the key priorities of Jericho Cleaning is to recruit people who are survivors of human trafficking.
Richard Beard, Chief Executive of Jericho said: “Birmingham Cathedral is one of the landmark buildings in the city of Birmingham and has been a truly beautiful place of Christian worship for hundreds of years. It is an honour to be providing our social enterprise services and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial working relationship”.
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
For more information about the cathedral, please visit www.birminghamcathedral.com
* (caption) Stephen Brooker, Cathedral Facilities Manager, David Ebanks, Jericho Cleaner, Chris Baxter, Cathedral Verger, and Nigel Lawrence, Jericho Cleaning Business Manager
For further information on this press release contact Nigel Lawrence, email@example.com, 0121 647 1960
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Are you raising money for charity in 2017? Buy your customised t-shirt from the Jericho Print Social Enterprise!
Some of the products which prove most popular, year after year, are our customised garments.
Personalised t-shirts are an excellent way to promote a charity that you support (maybe even Jericho!). If you are planning a sponsored walk, run, marathon – or bungee jump! – you may already be considering having a top printed to commemorate the event. If you are participating with a group of friends, its a brilliant way to foster team spirit!
Therefore, please consider using Jericho Print for your charity t-shirt needs. By buying your garments and promotional items from Jericho, not only do you get a high quality item at a very reasonable price – you also help the charity to deliver social value and support local people back into work.
Furthermore, Jericho Print produces a wide range of high-quality, cost-effective customised items such as:
- Corporate wear
- Casual wear including t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts
- Sports and leisure wear
- School leaver garments
- Vinyl, embroidery and sublimation printing
And prices start from as little as £5! We also print posters, flyers, booklets, stationery and banners – just contact us for details. Contact us by email or by phone or simply visit the website:
Tel: 0121 647 1960
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- Birthday parties
- Business lunches
- Company social events
- Corporate functions
- Promotional events
- Silver Service dinners
- Training courses
- Wedding catering
We source fresh, local, seasonal ingredients and orders can be placed online if time is an issue. We pride ourself on excellent customer service while ensuring high quality at competitive prices.
Furthermore, as a Social Enterprise, we provide training and employment opportunities for local people enabling them to gain experience of food preparation, stock control, customer services and operating a till. This provides excellent preparation for an individual to progress into sustainable employment within the hospitality and catering industry where there is considerable demand for trained, experienced staff.
In addition, we also provide contract catering services for company staff cafeterias and restaurants. One example is our relationship with the West Midlands Fire Service. Our staff provide a full catering service in the restaurant at the Headquarters, involving food preparation, stock control and money management. Our friendly, efficient team regularly provide internal buffets and are always complimented by senior members of the West Midlands Fire Service staff.
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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We repaid a £200,000 investment provided by Finance Birmingham on behalf of Birmingham City Council. This backing enabled us to create 24 jobs in our core staff team and we now employ 70 people. As a direct result of the finance and additional staff, 218 previously unemployed people have been hired by us on paid supported work placements or apprenticeships lasting between six and 24 months. Read more here.
We also launched an innovative and tax efficient social investment scheme which will help support the next phase of our development. Find out more here.
We expanded our range of social enterprises, which deliver social value and support local people back into work, by launching our own eCommerce site.
Jericho Landscaping was responsible for the remodelling of the new Pocket Park at Balsall Heath. This has been designed to provide a refuge from traffic for pedestrians, some seating and a meeting place that can easily be maintained and kept looking good. Read the press release here.
We were thrilled to win bronze in the ‘Best Social Action’ category at The 2016 Christian Funders’ Forum Awards!
We are particularly proud to have supported so many survivors of modern slavery with individual support, English language skills, work experience and paid employment. This year’s Christmas Appeal is in order to help us to continue this vital work.
Finally, I would like to thank the people that make all of this possible. This includes our customers, clients, staff, apprentices, volunteers, supporters and partner organisations. Without each of you we would not be able to make a difference in so many disadvantaged lives.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
This year’s Jericho Christmas Appeal is in aid of the survivors of human trafficking.
Human trafficking is an enormous problem in Britain today – it is estimated that there were 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2015.
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 victims of modern slavery.
Imagine you have fallen on hard times and you are enticed away from your family, friends and homeland by the promise of a job.
When you arrive in a foreign country you find there is no paid work. Instead you are made to do forced labour for no money. You are exploited, not given enough food and made to live in squalor.
That was how life was for M, one of Jericho’s beneficiaries. At 58 years of age, a father and grandfather, M found himself in a horrendous situation, miles from home, with no support and unable to speak the language.
Eventually M moved into a safe house and then started volunteering with Jericho. With support, training and work experience, M has become a paid employee of our Cleaning Social Enterprise. He is contented, has somewhere to live and is enjoying learning English.
You can make a real difference in the lives of survivors of human trafficking, today.
Go to www.jericho.org.uk
Click on the orange Donate button
Make a donation on our JustGiving page
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The 2016 Christian Funders’ Forum Awards were held on Thursday 17th November 2016, at Lambeth Palace and Jericho Foundation were thrilled to win bronze in the ‘Best Social Action’ category!
Find out more about the Christian Funders’ Forum here.
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The Jericho Foundation has now repaid the money provided in 2012 through funds managed by Finance Birmingham on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The backing enabled Jericho to create 24 jobs in its core staff team and the firm now employs 70 people. Also as a direct result of the finance and additional staff, 218 previously unemployed people have been hired by Jericho on paid supported work placements or apprenticeships lasting between six and 24 months.
Richard Beard, Jericho Chief Executive said, “The Finance Birmingham and Birmingham City Council assistance came at a crucial point in the Foundation’s development. The loan helped us to significantly scale up some of our social enterprises, create local jobs and provide training and employment opportunities to even more people in real need.”
The funding was originally provided by Birmingham City Council’s £10m Business Loan Fund, managed by Finance Birmingham. More recently Finance Birmingham has been working closely with several Councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships to support SMEs across the UK.
Clive Broadhurst, Portfolio Director at Finance Birmingham, said: “As a unique public-private partnership, Finance Birmingham helps small to medium sized businesses to realise their ambitions for growth. We are delighted that with our support The Jericho Foundation has made such a material difference to the skill base and employment prospects of disadvantaged people across a number of sectors so critical to the growth of the Midlands region.”
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 delivers a holistic package of support, guidance and training which is tailored to each client’s personal needs.
To find out more, please visit http://jericho.org.uk
* (caption) Jericho Foundation’s Client Support Manager, Patrick Masih, Chief Executive, Richard Beard and Finance Birmingham’s Portfolio Director, Clive Broadhurst
For further information on this press release contact Roger Bauckham, Development Director, Roger.Bauckham@jericho.org.uk, 0121 647 1960
The Jericho Foundation helps people to become fulfilled, skilled and employed. One of the disadvantaged groups we work with is survivors of human trafficking. This client group recently became the focus of attention, when Theresa May pledged £33m to fight modern slavery, which is a huge problem in Britain today – it is estimated that there were 13,000 people enslaved in the UK alone in 2015.
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 victims of modern slavery. This holistic help enables these survivors to end their dependency on benefits, secure sustainable employment and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community.
M* is a member of our Jericho Cleaning Team. M is a Czech national who was trafficked into the UK in 2010. After experiencing forced labour, poor living conditions, little food and frequent exploitation for over 3 years, he eventually moved into a safe house and started his journey towards independence and employment. With almost no prospects of work in the UK, M commenced volunteering with Jericho Recycling in January 2015. M started this position in the hopes of gaining more valuable work experience for his CV.
M so impressed the Recycling Manager with his eagerness and hard work, that he became an employee in April of 2015. Furthermore, M has now progressed into a role as a cleaning operative in Jericho Cleaning. Initially this involved more frequent interaction with members of head office staff and M was using this as an opportunity to improve his English language and communication skills.
M has now commenced his first contract with external clients and is receiving glowing feedback, he has also recently been awarded the Star of the Month in recognition of his enthusiasm, continuing high standard of industry and his commitment to self-improvement.
Nigel Lawrence, Business Manager for Jericho Cleaning said “The top priority of our Jericho Cleaning social enterprise is to recruit people who have been trafficked. A £50k enterprise, which is rapidly growing and delivering social value in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, Jericho Cleaning sets high standards and employs those in real need. M is a lovely, hard-working man who embodies the type of individual we are proud to help. We are delighted with his success and look forward to watching him continue to blossom”.
* We are not using M’s real name or photograph for reasons of confidentiality and to protect his safety.
If you would like more information or would like to support us in our endeavours, please: visit our website.
(In the photo) Nigel Lawrence, Jericho Cleaning Business Manager and Roger Bauckham, Jericho Foundation Development Director
For further information contact Roger Bauckham, Development Director, Roger.Bauckham@jericho.org.uk, 0121 647 1960
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