Grant will aid work with slavery victims.
The Jericho Foundation has received £5,000 to support their work with the survivors of modern slavery. This donation will fund English Language Skills Training for thirty survivors of modern slavery. The training will enable these clients to participate in volunteering opportunities, undertake paid supported employment, benefit from vocational training, make new friends and integrate into their local community within Birmingham.
These disadvantaged people became the focus of attention last year when Theresa May pledged £33 million to fight human trafficking. It is a huge problem in Britain today – it is estimated that there are currently 13,000 people enslaved in the UK alone, while last year 3,266 individuals were rescued and referred to the National Referral Mechanism. Jericho’s holistic programme ensures these survivors achieve a regular income, personal development and a feeling of safety and security. Furthermore, they feel able to end their dependency on benefits, secure sustainable employment and become an inclusive and integrated part of their local community.
The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.
The Jericho Foundation is a Birmingham-based registered charity which breaks down barriers in society and supports disadvantaged people to become fulfilled, skilled and employed. Jericho is the only organisation in the UK with the expertise and resources to deliver a complete programme of work experience, training and tailored support to the survivors of modern slavery.
Richard Beard, Chief Executive of Jericho, said: “Being unable to speak English is an enormous barrier facing the survivors of modern slavery. Therefore, English Language Skills Training is essential to their recovery and rehabilitation. Our approach focuses on just this sort of support, coupled with practical advice on training and invaluable guidance on career opportunities. We are truly grateful for the funding provided by the Santander Foundation”.
Jasbir Dhaliwal, Branch Manager at Santander’s Birmingham Union Street branch, added: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting the Jericho Foundation. We hope the funding announced today will support local survivors of modern slavery to overcome barriers, learn new skills and improve their lives for the future.”
To find out more, visit www.jericho.org.uk