Encouraging Employment in Durham
East Durham Partnership was established to address poverty through providing support, advice, and training for disadvantaged clients in their community.
From their warehouse premises they offer a supported work placement scheme by which they train clients who are unemployed and have low self-confidence or a poor skills base.
Through a grant from People’s Postcode Trust, East Durham Partnership can ensure that over 2000 vulnerable residents annually benefit from the household goods scheme which provides access to low cost essential furniture.
The project involves the collection and refurbishment of donated furniture for distribution to disadvantaged residents living in poverty and hardship. The process involves driving, lifting and warehouse work. East Durham Partnership provides work placements in these areas for their clients who currently experience barriers to employment like poor educational attainment, mental health issues or disability.
Their experienced warehouse supervisor supports and trains clients in health and safety, manual handling, and warehousing thus providing employability support. By the end of the placement the participants will have benefited by having acquired vocational skills, increased confidence and an improved CV making them more employable. The furniture items produced by the project will be made available free or at low cost to local vulnerable people affected by poverty who will benefit from provision of essential items.