A Job, a Career…. simply a Better way of Life – thanks to the support of ReUsers – one of the Jericho Social Enterprises

 

Finding a job, a job that’s right for you and one that builds on your own skills, your own interests and aspirations is not always easy, especially when, for whatever reason, life has thrown you a few challenges along the way.

Chris Millard

I spent some time recently with Chris Millard, one of the permanent staff working at Jericho ReUsers – the “Re-use, Recycle and Restore” division of The Jericho Foundation, one of Birmingham’s leading Charities and Social Enterprises.

ReUsers is located conveniently just next door to Sutton Coldfield tip, giving householders the opportunity of choosing not to throw away stuff they no longer need, but to pass it on to the ReUsers, preventing their unwanted goods from just ending up in landfill, and helping others by supporting the fabulous Jericho charity in their work of supporting people to gain valuable work experience and lead better, more fulfilled lives.

Chris has always loved working with the public, his first job was in animal care, followed by a move into horticulture, with a spell at the Princes Trust after a couple of years signed up at the job centre.

Born and bred in Birmingham, Chris’s home life hasn’t always been plain sailing, following family break-up, he was faced with a few moves until he settled in with his grandad in Erdington where he now lives.

And his health hasn’t always been the best, with occasional bouts of epilepsy, often brought on by stress, sometimes limiting his ability to work and, in particular, operate machinery safely.

Chris first found out about Jericho from on online job advert and applied to work in the Jericho landscaping division, which was fine for a while, but then Chris’s epilepsy started to cause a problem with the tools necessary to do the job, so Jericho arranged for him to move to ReUsers in Sutton, where he has now been working happily for the past 4 years.

The job at Re-users has balance my life out” said Chris “Rich and Steve and the other staff go above and beyond to help me as well as any new apprentices – in ReUsers, everyone is like one big happy family – working here has given me new skills, and I’m especially grateful to Sandor who mentored me and helped me to identify different metals – so now I know about working with scrap”

So, what about the extra support that Jericho offer to the people they help, how has this affected the way Chris feels, his overall health, and his ability to cope with the work?

“I value the support of Matt and Don in client support massively, they are always there for me and literally anything I need, they can always help, it’s given me the confidence to help others too!”

“when I’m faced with a new job, Rich and Steve will always make time to break the job down for me so that taking on something new isn’t quite so daunting”

Its clear to see what a difference Jericho and the team at ReUsers have made to Chris’s life, his happiness and his wellbeing, he now feels he can mentor others, show them the ropes and help them to find and build on their own strengths and to make plans to combat their own weaknesses.

Chris knows that there is always someone to call on, should he, or any others at ReUsers have some challenge or difficulty that they need help with……

 

….. It’s not just a job at ReUsers, Not just a career, but a Way of Life.

A way forward to a better future.

Jericho ReUsers is one of Eight Social Enterprises run by The Jericho Foundation – their address and contact details are below

Address – The Old Depot, Norris Way, Sutton Coldfield, B75 7AU – Tel: 0121 329 2797

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm Sunday 10am-4pm

Email : reusers@jericho.org.uk

Www.jericho.org.uk/reusers

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