Jericho Expands Church Network

Winson Green, Selly Oak, Ladywood, Smethwick, Hodgehill and counting…..

The Jericho Foundation is currently returning to their roots as part of an initiative to expand outreach engagement with communities through a network of churches.

Jericho itself, was born out of a simple advice service based out of Edward Rd Baptist Church back in the early 1990s. In those days John Mallard and Christine Parkinson led a simple drop in service held on a Wednesday for local residents of all faiths to pop in and receive help and advice applying for work. The area in those days was very much deprived and social exclusion played a large role in many of the problems that blighted the local residents. This simple advice service paved the way for the establishment of the Jericho Foundation and its mission to break down barriers for locals to be fulfilled, skilled and employed.

Today, Jericho is partnering up with Pecan from Peckham in London to roll out an employability  training program and job club model working with Churches throughout the country. Ignition supports Churches to set up their own training programmes and drop in job clubs to engage with unemployed people in their local communities. Jericho helps the Church initially with training and marketing support and with on-going help available as required with the intention that volunteers from the Church then take Ignition forward and provide a much needed service for locals on their doorstep.

So far Jericho has partnered with 10 Churches across the city of Birmingham and is looking to work with more Churches from the area, particularly those based in areas which are considered to be deprived.

If you would like to find out more on this initiative, please contact:  Joanne Rose on 0121 440 7919 or joanne.rose@jericho.org.uk or check out the video on the Cinammon Network website, www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/cinnamon-projects/ignition/

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