‘Being here for a short period of time means that they build up their work-based skills.’
The Colebridge Trust works to improve opportunities for local people in Chelmsley Wood and the surrounding area, by creating meaningful work experience opportunities.
What is Colebridge Trust?
The Colebridge Trust has been operating as a charity for 15 years. They have been successfully working with individuals during this time who are perceived as being the furthest from employment, including learning disabled, over 50s, those with physical disabilities and mental health issues, lone parents and young people with poor attainment. Colebridge offers employment and a place to improve work-based skills in their industrial unit, where they provide packing and assembly services for automotive, and health and beauty sectors.
The people that Colebridge supports arrive with multiple barriers to employment, including poor mental health, disability, poverty and little to no support from friends and family. Many of them have tried working with larger service providers and have not been able to secure employment or work experience, sometimes due to poor attainment at school or the length of time that they have been unemployed. This can result in low confidence, so Colebridge also work to help change attitudes and perceptions.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
The organisation has been looking broaden its range of work experience opportunities by increasing the number of services that it provides. This latest initiative is called ‘Spark’ and the first few opportunities will be around PAT testing. By upskilling staff and volunteers as PAT testers and one as a forklift driver, this will give them a new skill, and also mean they can train others. This will also generate revenue that can be reinvested into supporting unemployed people and give the individuals the spark that they need to secure employment, either with Colebridge, or an external organisation.
Cost of project
Where can people go to find out more about Colebridge Trust?
Chet Parmar, Head of Employment & Skills
Tel: 0121 770 7555