Chapter 1 receives Lottery Fund

15 NOV 2012

Chapter 1 receives £299,000 to continue providing work and volunteering placements at  2nd Chance Furniture Re-use, Chapter1's furniture recycling social enterprise in  Nuneaton. The programme includes support from a mentor and participants have access to a regular work club that provides support to individuals seeking employment. The project aims to increase the self-esteem and aspirations of those involved as well as providing affordable furniture to people in financial hardship living in the boroughs of North Warwickshire and Nuneaton and Bedworth.

 

Types of work experience offered include warehouse operatives, repairs, sales, marketing, cleaning, dealing directly with customers and telephone and administration work. The project offers work experience in a real working environment dealing with customers and working alongside a diverse group of people. A new element to the project will be the inclusion of specialist support for adults with learning disabilities and training sessions such as ICT skills.

 

Peter Whitehead,Chapter 1's project manager for 2nd Chance Furniture Re-use, said: “This grant will enable us to launch our new volunteer programme, which has been named ‘2nd Step Forward’ by one of our volunteers. For many of our volunteers, the first step they need to take is actually to walk through our door – but their second step needs to be out of our door and forward into a more confident and fulfilled life – and hopefully paid employment, where this is needed.  Here, volunteers are given the opportunity to develop real skills in a real work environment. Thank you to the Big Lottery Fund, and especially to all the people who buy tickets.”