Posted on January 23, 2016
Making things happen!
We launched in 2013 with Alan Milburn making the key note speech and have recruited 16 Guardians who are working with 33 customers we plan to increase to 150 over the next 3 years
We have created a safe and sustainable model of work with supervision, confidentiality, evaluation and customer feedback as priorities
We have established a network of referral agencies across the country in Leeds, London and Leicester who spot customers for us and refer them to our secure process for allocation
We are working with a large northern hospital to establish a programme for refugee nurses from Africa who are seeking to practice in the UK; a programme we call Hidden Talents
We work with two headhunting organisations who give us pro bono advice and help on placing customers and feed-back on CVs
We have recruited three great Patrons Lord Philip Hunt, Marina Lewycka and Elizabeth Bayliss who speak well on our behalf (Marina a successful author was herself was a refugee, Elizabeth worked all her life in the East End improving lives and Philip has consistently campaigned for better and more caring health services)
We have run a successful Ambitions Auction through ebay last year which raised £2,500 for grant awards and running costs and attracted many generous “lots” from donors
We attracted a donation of £10000 to further our work on learning and networking.
And we are getting great feedback from our exit interviews…
We have not been standing still….!