A powerful group of organisations is backing a new initiative in York to help unemployed people get back into work.
Springboard to Flourish has been set up by The Peasholme Centre Charity and YACRO – the York Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders.
The social enterprise venture is being backed by York Housing Association, City of York Council, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust and the York and North Yorkshire Probation Trust and the Department for Work and Pensions.
The new service is launching work programmes to help long term unemployed build up a track record of work to help them get back on the jobs ladder.
Initially, Springboard to Flourish is to run a grounds maintenance and cleaning service with the first contracts being secured with York Housing Association.
The move will create three jobs but it is hoped to increase this to 10 jobs within the first 12 months of the scheme.
Kate Spencer, Operations Director for York Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to be able to help this excellent new initiative get off the ground and we hope that other organisations come forward offering similar contracts.
“The scheme will provide people with skills, experience and a work record to provide them with a better chance of getting mainstream employment.”
In addition to providing the first contract York HA has also provided start up funding including the purchase of tools and equipment.
Michael Pavlovic, Director of YACRO and joint Director of Springboard to Flourish, said: “We have been encouraged by the wonderful support of key organisations in York and with further support from local businesses we can create a platform to significantly improve the life chances for many unemployed people in the city.”