Last year we supported a charity called Equip Oxford. Equip works with homeless people giving them jobs and a way to get their lives back on track.
Equip is about to enter a more exciting phase as we seek to expand. We would like to do this by appointing a Development Manager to develop our service and expand the customer base, and part-time shift leaders to undertake the work with the volunteer team members.
Together with our links with referring agencies and employers who are looking for staff, this will enable us to work with a greater number of individuals and improve our success at taking people from being unemployed and dependent on benefits to having work and contributing to the economy.
We have seen how this transition can bring new self-confidence and the opportunity for independence and a better life.
We have demonstrated that Equip can be financially self-sufficient at its present small scale and as an expanded business. However, the period of growth is more challenging to finance. We will need to employ the new manager and incur other costs in advance of generating the increased income.
We will therefore be making grant applications over the coming months with a view to having one year’s costs covered in advance.