A Christmas Message from our Chief Executive

richard-212 months have flown once again, but I am delighted with everything that the Jericho Foundation has achieved.

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.

Richard Beard
Chief Executive

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