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CXK Awards Funding to Hastings & Rother Furniture Service to Provide Employment Opportunities to Low-Income Households

09th December 2019

Hastinhs Furnitue service volunteers at work

Hastings and Rother Furniture Service (HFS) has been awarded a Community Grant to fund a new project which will provide employment opportunities to unemployed individuals in Hastings and Rother.

The ‘Getting to Work’ project will provide individuals with volunteering opportunities. As a result participants are able to develop the experience, skills and confidence they need to find work. The project will support people in Hastings and Rother who are not currently in work; as a result of physical or mental health issues, low skills or no previous work-based experience.

“The project gives its volunteers the opportunity to train across multiple areas”

CXK has awarded the grant through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) under their Community Grants Scheme via European Social Fund funding (ESF). CXK will be allocating grants of more than £600,000 in total over the course of the next year; grants which are available organisations which help those furthest from the job market improve their skills and/or get into work or training.

The project gives it volunteers the opportunity to train across multiple areas. These include first aid, health and safety, furniture repair, manual handling, telephony, customer service and administration. In addition, the project will support them to improve their teamwork and communication skills, job searching techniques, interview skills and CV presentation.

“We’re really proud of the role we play”

Naomi Ridley, Chief Executive at Hastings Furniture Service, said; “At HFS we’re really proud of the role we play helping people to gain the skills and confidence to get into work. This grant will help us to help even more people over the next few months. If you’d like to find out more please get in touch with Angie Lowe – angie@hfs.org.uk.”

HFS is a local independent registered charity that provides affordable reused furniture; helps low-income households to furnish their homes; collects surplus furniture and appliances for reuse; and provides practical opportunities for people to gain skills, experience and confidence. To find out more, visit: hfs.org.uk.

For further information about the ESF Community Grants programme, visit: www.cxk.org/community-grants

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