A New Season at Jericho Foundation

Since being founded as a simple drop-in centre for local residents of Balsall Heath back in 1987, we are incredibly proud to have seen Jericho evolve to the organisation it is today. Whilst keeping our original social mission firmly at our heart, we’ve grown to be an organisation providing employment to 70 core staff and supported employment to over 200 individuals with multiple barriers to employment per year – ranging from ex-offenders to survivors of modern slavery – across 8 social enterprises.  In addition we support around 1600 people per year through a network of 17 volunteer run Ignition job clubs and 96% of those taking part in our programmes report improved confidence.

From the beginning we have seen changes and challenges, which we’ve continually responded to in a way that has ensured we’ve become more resilient for the future. We are now embarking on a new period of such change, and a new chapter for the Jericho Foundation.

This new chapter is one in which Jericho has made the strategic decision to ‘do less’, in order to ‘do more’. This will involve Jericho focusing its resources and management capacity on the elements of the organisation that deliver greatest impact, as well being most sustainable and scalable in the long-run. We are confident that this will mean a stronger and even brighter future for Jericho and the people that we support, as it will mean we can focus on doing more of what we do best.

This new chapter is, however, tinged with sadness for Jericho as, in order to focus more on these areas, it means drawing a close to some of the social enterprises which Jericho currently operates. Specifically, from April 2019, Jericho will no longer be operating its catering, or paper recycling businesses, and from June 2019 our grounds maintenance service will cease, albeit we will continue to provide hard and soft landscaping services via Jericho Construction. 

We are working with a range of other social enterprises in the area who will be taking some of these business opportunities forwards – for example, Jericho has joined forces with award winning social enterprise ChangeKitchen CIC, which we hope will continue to deliver mission-led catering services to Jericho’s long-standing catering customers across Birmingham. We are also partnering with Right Lets Shred, a secure paper shredding company who employ individuals with autism.  This does however mean that Jericho will regretfully need to say goodbye to some of our valued customers and team members over the coming months.

We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank all the great staff that have worked for Jericho in these social enterprises over the years as well as our fantastic customers for supporting us along our journey. We would also like to thank those in our finance, fundraising and client support teams who have been affected by this restructure.  Every one of you has made a significant difference to our local community and to Jericho.

We look forward to sharing the on-going successes of our remaining social enterprises which continue to grow from strength to strength – from our Miracle Laundry and Cleaning Services, to the Reusers store in Sutton, which will now also be home to Jericho’s relocated Wood Shack, selling reclaimed timber and recycled wood products. Jericho Construction will also continue to operate as a separate entity in order to enable its growth over the coming years, which we hope will enable us to provide many more life-changing opportunities for people that need a second chance across Birmingham.

It’s often sad when any business has to restructure, particularly a social enterprise, and Jericho is no different. But we see this as another opportunity to make Jericho stronger, and improve the quality and longevity of support for people with continued barriers to realising their full potential, and to become an even greater force for good in the community we serve.

We thank you all for your continued support and looking forward to continuing working with you in coming months.

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It’s all go at Jericho Electrical Services

Jericho Construction have recently launched a new offshoot Social Enterprise to cope with the ever-increasing and specialist area of electrical maintainance and installations.

St Lawrence Centre now have a safe and improved system, thanks to Jericho Electrical Services
Master junction box at St Lawrences, Brimingham before a full replacement by Jericho Electrical Services

Already in demand across Birmingham, Jericho Electrical Services provide a range of services to commercial, domestic and third sector customers.

As all public buildings are required to have a Condition Report every 3 to 5 years, Jericho Electrical Services can ensure the lights stay on, while changing the lives of those with barriers to employment and the disadvantaged.

Jericho Electrical Services offers a professional electrical service while delivering Social Value outcomes, including electrical conditioning and legally required Landlord Certificates, to ensure building safety.

Jericho Electrical Services offer:

  • Condition Reports
  • Rewiring
  • Repairs
  • Full installations
  • Landlord Certification

All our staff are qualified and registered, being NAPIT approved for both commercial and domestic work. All electrical inspections and testing, conforms to BS 7671 standard.

For more information, please speak to our Senior Electrician, James Watkin on 07891 953 999 or at enquiries@jericho.org.uk

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Jericho named as a Social Value partner for new Peddimore development

Richard Beard (2nd left), Chief Executive of the Jericho Foundation, with David Smith of IM Properties, alongside some of the other Social Value partners for the Peddimore development in Minworth, Sutton Coldfield

The Jericho Foundation has been named as one of four Social Value partners in the development and long-term legacy of Peddimore, delivered by IM Properties.

Jericho, alongside the other partners, will work to ensure that marginalised people from across Birmingham are able to access employment and opportunities throughout the development and construction stages, and beyond.

David Smith, planning director at IM Properties said: “We are delighted to be working with these four well-respected Social Value partners, who are already making a big impact in the communities they work with and can help to ensure our contributions return maximum results.”

“Our Social Value pledge at Peddimore will be on a number of levels, both time and money and everyone who works on the scheme is signing up to make a difference.”

Richard Beard, Chief Executive of the Jericho Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be working with IM Properties on the Peddimore development; this is a great example of how a commercial business can create a Social Value legacy from a large project, and support marginalised people to gain employment and skills that they would not normally have access to.”

“Jericho has been supporting marginalised people for over 25 years, and we look forward to seeing Peddimore go from strength to strength.”

For more information, you can read the IM Properties Press Release here.

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Exciting Events Coming to Jericho Wood Shack

Christmas Comes Early to the Wood Shack

Jericho Wood Shack are holding two events on the run up to everyone’s favourite time of year! As well as opening their doors on a number of Saturdays throughout November and December, The Wood Shack staff are getting ready for the following:

 

– Saturday 10th November 2018

  • Demonstration: How to make a Herringbone Table Top
  • 10am – 3.30pm

 

– Saturday 24th November 2018

  • Christmas Shop @The Wood Shack
  • 11am – 4.30pm

 

This year is even more special as, for the first time ever, The Wood Shack will be a stall holder at the MAC Christmas Market! You can buy all sorts of great decorations and gifts direct from The Wood Shack! The details are as follows:

 

  • The MAC, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH
  • Saturday 1st December 2018
  • 11am – 5pm

 

The Wood Shack staff are looking forward to seeing you at one, or all, of these events! Come and see how your Christmas can be even more special and unique; your support is vital in helping Jericho support marginalised people become Fulfilled, Skilled and Employed.

The Wood Shack Events Calendar for Autumn/Winter 2018

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The J25 Challenge is here…

Help us to celebrate our J25 – 25 years of Jericho!

Image: J25 Challenge

Did you know that The Jericho Foundation is 25 years old? Thinking back on how far the charity has come in that time, it has achieved an incredible amount! To celebrate our J25 milestone, Jericho are challenging our staff, volunteers and supporters to raise or donate £25 towards the vital support and opportunities that we provide.

So, what can you do to raise your £25? Well, you could donate to Jericho directly, or maybe take part in a sponsored event; there are a few ideas on our Fundraising page to inspire you, or if you are looking for a fundraising hero to follow, how about Imogen, our star fundraiser? Or how about her dad, Martin, who has run four marathons to raise funds for Jericho?

Why your support makes the difference?

Whatever you do, you can be assured that your donation will be going to support the most marginalised people in Birmingham – from Survivors of Modern Slavery, to long-term unemployed; young people Not in Education, Employment or Training, to ex-offenders; people with Mild Mental Health issues, to homeless people.

Through working in one of our eight Social Enterprises, these individuals will be able to earn a vocational qualification, while also receiving on-the-job mentoring and holistic psychosocial support. Jericho are able to provide Information, Advice and Guidance, while also signposting to specialist support agencies for issues such as substance dependencies.

How you can help?

Picture: Runners in the Birmingham 10K Run

Could this be you, running for Jericho?

So go for it! We would love to hear, see, chat about, like, share and give a shout out about what you are doing to help Jericho! You can use the #Jericho25 hastag, to let us know on social media, or email us with any links you would like us to feature!

We would love to also hear from you about what Jericho may have done for you in the last 25 years, whether you have been supported by us, or are a previous or current customer.

If you would also like to volunteer your time and skills, we would welcome you to contact us to discuss; we love our volunteers and are always interested in hearing from you!

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Central England Concert Band Needs your Vote to raise Funds for Jericho

One of Jericho’s Founders Organises Concert

David Harmer, one of the Founders of The Jericho Foundation is a man of many talents! As a member of the Central England Concert Band, David is organising a concert to raise funds for Jericho – its mission is to support marginalised people to become Fulfilled, Skilled and Employed.

Image: Central England Concert Band

The Central England Concert Band in full flow!

David has created a project for the latest round of the Aviva Community Fund, to allow the costs to be covered, rather than coming from the ticket sales. You can read more about the concert, and what CECB hopes to achieve, in terms of supporting Jericho. A simple and quick registration, and you will be able to give your support to the project by using your 10 votes!

Philip Gay, Income Generation Manager for Jericho, says, “It was wonderful to be approached by David, one of the founding members of Jericho; when I heard about his idea, I was thrilled to be able to wholeheartedly support it. I am looking forward to the actual concert, and hope that David and the rest of the Band will win!”

Continuing, Gay highlighted some of the work that Jericho undertakes:

“The needs of the people we support vary greatly; some will need more care and guidance than others. Everyone is treated the same – as an individual with worth and potential, and Jericho won’t stop until every marginalised person is Fulfilled, Skilled and Employed. We work with Survivors of Modern Slavery, some of whom have endured true horrors, as well as long-term unemployed, people with substance misuse issues, ex-offenders, and others.”

If you would like to donate to Jericho, then you can take part in our J25 Challenge, where we are challenging our staff, volunteers and supporters to each raise or donate £25. You can get some ideas here, or simply text JERI10 to 70070, and you can make a difference today.

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Anti-Slavery Day – Bringing Hope to Survivors of Modern Slavery

More still needs to be done, says Jericho

Today, 18th October, marks World Anti-Slavery Day. According to the latest estimates from the Global Slavery Index, the UK has over 136,000 victims of Modern Slavery; Birmingham has the highest levels of Modern Slavery, outside London.

Jericho is proud to be a member of the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network, which brings together statutory agencies such as West Midlands Police and local councils, alongside charities and other agencies, to tackle this heinous crime.

Equiano is a bespoke project that enables Survivors of Modern Slavery to work or volunteer in Jericho’s Social Enterprises, at a pace they are comfortable with. They concurrently receive holistic support and signposting to specialist services from our People Support Team, to further enable their reintegration into society.

Project Manager, Louise Gore, said, “As we mark Anti-Slavery Day, I am reminded that we can all play our part in the fight against Modern Slavery. Here at Jericho, the employment and support that we offer Survivors through our Equiano Project, helps to restore and rebuild lives, breaking the cycle of exploitation.”

Gore continues, “We also work closely with a number of other agencies; through the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network, and partners such as Adavu, and the Sophie Hayes Foundation, who both share our office space. We also have an ongoing partnership with Hope for Justice, which has proven invaluable in supporting these Survivors. We are looking forward to more stories of people finding freedom through the support we give.”

As one of our supported Survivors says,

“I have worked in the UK before, but never have been paid. Now I have paid holiday; I feel like a king!”

To find out more about Modern Slavery, and how Jericho supports them, you can read more here.

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Superstar Fundraiser achieves £30 for Jericho

Superhero Imogen, 7 Years Old, sells loom bands to raise vital funds

The Jericho Foundation had a very special visitor recently, as Superhero and Batgirl’s Superstar Assistant, Imogen, came to our Head Office with the £30 that she raised to support Survivors of Modern Slavery (SoMS).

Image: Superhero Assistant, Imogen, presented with a thankyou certificate by Richard Beard, Chief Executive of The Jericho Foundation, on behalf of Batgirl

Imogen receiving her certificate from Jericho Chief Executive, Richard Beard

Imogen raised the money through selling her handmade loom bands to friends, family and anyone else who wanted this ‘must-have’ accessory!

After bringing the funds to Jericho, Chief Executive, Richard Beard, presented Imogen with a certificate ‘on behalf of Batgirl’, thanking her for her amazing fundraising efforts.

Beard said: “What a fantastic achievement by Imogen! Her amazing efforts are helping people to be supported by our Equiano Project; people who have gone through considerable trauma and need high levels of support.”

Equiano is a bespoke project that enables Survivors of Modern Slavery to work or volunteer in Jericho’s Social Enterprises, at a pace they are comfortable with; they concurrently receive holistic support and signposting to specialist services from our People Support Team, to further enable their reintegration into society.

Talking about the latest estimates from the Global Slavery Index, Beard continued: “The level of Modern Slavery in the UK, and in particular, Birmingham and the West Midlands, means that Equiano is becoming more and more of a priority. We are proud to be members of the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network, which brings together statutory agencies such as West Midlands Police and local councils, alongside charities and other agencies, to tackle this heinous crime.”

Fundraising must run in the family, as Imogen’s dad, Martin, has also raised funds for Jericho. Having recently completed not one, but TWO Marathons in the space of a few weeks, Martin has raised over £700 to support SoMS through Jericho’s Equiano Project.

As Batgirl says, Imogen is a real Superhero… and we agree!


Well done, Imogen (and Martin)!


If you want to be a superhero fundraiser like Imogen and Martin, we would love to hear from you; but don’t worry – you don’t have to run a marathon! Others have raised funds in many ways, including selling homemade cakes (always a winner!). Your support, however large or small, will definitely make a difference in the lives of many marginalised people. If you have an idea, or want to get on board with an event, then please do contact us!

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Jericho Foundation secures £100K SITR investment

Birmingham’s leading Social Enterprise is the first investment from the £1.25M Resonance West Midlands SITR Fund



The Jericho Foundation has secured £100,000 of SITR investment through Resonance, which will support the expansion of Jericho’s ReUsers Centre in Sutton Coldfield.

The objective of Resonance is to work with Social Enterprises that demonstrate ‘high impact’ and lasting transformational change, connecting them with investors who care about the same issues.

The investment has allowed Jericho to secure a third building at the existing site, to allow for an operational expansion of 25% over a 12 month period. The investment also provides the opportunity to create 6 new positions for Apprentices and additional Volunteers, and allow Jericho to support individuals with significant barriers to employment, training or social inclusion.

Highlighting the social impact of Jericho in providing marginalised individuals with employment opportunities, Grace England, Investment Manager at Resonance said: “I am delighted that Jericho is receiving the first investment from our new regional SITR Fund. It has been leading the way in supporting vulnerable people here in Birmingham for many years now, and we’re really excited to support it to do more of what it does best. Jericho’s social mission is aligned with that of the Fund, as we know that barriers to training and employment continue to be significant contributors to the poverty and disadvantage that persists in our region.”

Richard Beard, Chief Executive of the Jericho Foundation, stated: “This is our second experience of SITR investment and both times it has given us access to vital funding that can be paid back at a much smaller rate of interest than we have been able to access previously,” explained Richard, who has been at Jericho Foundation for fourteen years.

Beard continued: “The investment from the Resonance Fund will increase our footprint at ReUsers by 25%. This means we should be able to grow the business and build on the fact that we have so far saved 650 tonnes of unwanted items going to landfill and supported 70 people with apprenticeships or voluntary positions – this simply would not be possible without SITR.”

“It represents a significant growth in our impact and it’s great to work with investors that are so aligned with our social mission.”

Given the limited knowledge of SITR and its possibilities among investors, Big Society Capital has launched a campaign which is meant to raise awareness of what it is and how to access it.

Melanie Mills of Social Sector Engagement at Big Society Capital says: “SITR is really an undiscovered opportunity for the third sector and the aim of our campaign is to get people talking about it and then starting to use it as the most cost effective way of raising finance. It is proving increasingly popular with high net worth individuals and sophisticated retail investors, who are attracted to the significant tax break and a number of other advantages around Capital Gains Tax.”

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Running over 52 miles to support Survivors of Modern Slavery

This year, Martin Gore ran two marathons, totalling over 52 miles, in order to raise money to support Jericho’s work with Survivors of Modern Slavery.

Martin is a regular fundraiser for Jericho, having previously completed a number of charity runs. These include the Nine Edges Endurance in the Peak District, and the Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham.


About the Events

Martin finishing the Salomon Trial Marathon

Martin finishing the Salomon Trial Marathon

The Salomon Trail Marathon

Back in June Martin successfully completed the Salomon Trail Marathon.

The unique marathon took place off-road in the Coed y Brenin forest in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park

Martin finished in an impressive 15th place with a time of 3 hours, 47 minutes and 5 seconds.

The Purbeck Marathon

Martin’s next challenge took place on 16th September where he tackled the Purbeck Marathon. This takes place in Swanage, Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast.

The off-road course included over 3,000 ft. of climbs, and was also closer to 27 miles than the usual marathon distance of 26.2.

Martin did it in around four hours, and came in 13th place – an excellent result!

You can visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to see how he got on.


About The Equiano Project

Martin is running to raise money for the Jericho Foundation who supports Survivors of Modern Slavery.

New figures estimate that over 136,000 individuals are currently in Modern Slavery in the UK. This is over ten times more than any previous estimates and shows the desperate need to support these victims trapped in slavery. Birmingham and the West Midlands, where Jericho is based, has the highest concentration of Survivors, outside of London.

The Equiano project provides employment opportunities for Survivors of Modern Slavery in one of Jericho’s Social Enterprises combined with a package of wrap around support.

The project supported 32 Survivors during the 2017/18 Financial Year with wide range of issues such as housing, debt, mental health and, in partnership with Hope for Justice, legal advice.


How to Support Equiano?

  • To sponsor Martin please visit his dedicated Just Giving page
  • Or you can can donate directly to Jericho here

If you are interested in raising money for Jericho, please visit our dedicated fundraising page.

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