Jericho Foundation Welcomed at Downing Street for Celebrating Civil Society in the Midlands Reception

Picture: Richard Beard, Chief Executive of the Jericho Foundation, on the door of No. 10 Downing Street

Richard Beard, Chief Executive of The Jericho Foundation

Richard Beard, Chief Executive of The Jericho Foundation, attended the ‘Celebrating Civil Society in the Midlands’ Reception, on Wednesday, 29th March.

The event was held at No 10 Downing Street, and was hosted by Rob Wilson MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Civil Society, who was standing in for the Prime Minister, Theresa May.

The reception was also attended by a variety of charities, Social Enterprises and faith leaders, who are delivering social impact across the West Midlands. Wilson highlighted the work of The Jericho Foundation in his address to the Reception.

Improvements to the treatment of Survivors of Modern Slavery

Beard said: “We were delighted that Mr Wilson gave a special mention to The Jericho Foundation in his speech. We will continue with our mission to provide post-National Referral Mechanism support, to the Survivors of Modern Slavery. One thing which would assist these brave people would be the confirmation of conclusive grounds, guaranteeing benefits eligibility.”

The Prime Minister has previously been vocal in her support of those with mental health issues, and also the benefits of supported employment. As a leading Social Enterprise with considerable experience in this area, The Jericho Foundation urges all political parties to ensure that Survivors of Modern Slavery are treated with compassion and respect, and that as much as possible is done to meet their specific needs.

About the Jericho Foundation

The Jericho Foundation is a charity which breaks down barriers in society, and supports disadvantaged people to become Fulfilled, Skilled and Employed.

Jericho  supports individuals with multiple disadvantages and complex needs, that act as barriers to employment, training or social inclusion. These can include NEET’s, ex-offenders, homeless people and Survivors of Modern Slavery.

To address these issues, Jericho provide a range of work experience and supported employment programmes, including Apprenticeships, in our nine in-house Social Enterprise businesses. They combine this with individually tailored packages of holistic, personal development support, to meet the specific needs of each individual. This approach enables the individual to positively contribute to society and increase their level of self-worth and achievement.

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