Author: theridge

Fantastic Funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Beyond

Black Bull Close Clearance and Community Archaeology Project We’re so excited to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has granted us £55,000 to support the next phase in clearing the Black Bull Close buildings and making them safe. This will allow us to give access to small supervised groups, in particular as part of a parallel programme of community archaeology over this Spring/Summer. We will be recruiting and announcing a programme of events and activities very soon so stay up to date with all our exciting goings on via our website, facebook page or newsletter. In the meantime, if...

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Certificate of Work Readiness 2018

February sees The Ridge delivering our Employability Fund Certificate of Work Readiness courses. These programmes are non-sector specific, instead, we focus on really getting to know our clients allowing us to do what we know works best and that is finding places that REALLY suit an individual’s interests and aptitudes. 78% of those attending our courses go on to education, employment or training. We know that our approach works. Our project workers offer support from the first meeting, throughout the training and the work placement. We will encourage our clients to think about their future, helping them to understand how...

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Foundations Work

The Ridge Foundations CIC started work in earnest on 16 October, with 4 new employees, training in masonry skills under Stockdale and Lyall, our ongoing partners. The team is supervised by Pete Smith, the team is tackling a number of jobs on site in the Backlands, including: completion of hot-lime pointing of repaired boundary wall sections digging out an access trench for work on Mason’s Close boundary wall dismantling Mason’s Close wall, prior to rebuild in December. The Foundations CIC provides employment for local people who face significant barriers to work. All have shown commitment and potential through extended...

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New Project Workers

We are delighted to have appointed two new members of the Training and Support team. Collin Glass and Amanda Doig will be familiar to many of you, as both stay and have worked locally. They join Gill Last, as part time Support Workers, whose role will be to help those furthest from the jobs market to address the various barriers they face to moving into employment. Some of these issues may include: benefits housing mental health physical health substance abuse poverty poor life skills disability transport criminal involvement learning support needs Please contact us if you would like help...

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Black Bull Close: Feasibility Study

We have just received the options appraisal report/feasibility study on our proposal for the Black Bull Close and the buildings within. This is a really exciting time for us and it’s important we know your thoughts on it all. We have left two printed copies at the library in the Bleachingfields and you can also access it here. Your feedback, thoughts and concerns are crucial and we want to hear them, please do take a moment to complete a short survey that you can access here. There are only ten questions so it won’t take long at all and if...

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