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New tech for local charity after national award win

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A Staffordshire charity has secured £5,000 to invest in new tablets and smartphones that will be used by students and job seekers taking part in a training project, after winning a national award. 

The Access Community Training Project was awarded the funding by financial mutual, OneFamily, through its Foundation Community Awards. The annual awards provide game-changing opportunities for community organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

The charity, which is based in Stoke-on-Trent, runs a radio station and provides training for students looking for work experience and people seeking jobs. The organisation aims to boost local residents’ chances of employment by teaching them valuable work-based skills.

Trainers currently work with more than 20 people aged 18 to 60 across the region, helping them to develop vital skills in IT, administration and finance.

The charity will use the funding to update its computers and buy tablets and smartphones so it can run new technology workshops, which will initially teach trainees how to navigate Apple and Android devices.

The Access Community Training Project was nominated for a Community Award by Steven Perry, a OneFamily customer and the project’s co-ordinator. The charity was one of 41 organisations presented with an award in the latest round.

Steven said:

“As a small charity, this funding will have a huge impact on the services we’re able to provide and we’d like to thank everyone across the community who voted for us.

“Many people in our area struggle to find employment, and the new kit we’ve been able to buy will help them to build completely new skills that will be useful in everyday life as well as in work.

“Over the last three years, 50 of our trainees have gone on to find jobs, or even start their own businesses after sessions with us.  We can’t wait to help even more people across the area.”

Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said:

“Lots of local people have already benefited from the training provided by the Access Community Training Project, and I’m sure this new backing will help the charity go from strength-to-strength.

“Our Community Awards go right to the heart of what being part of a mutual society is all about, directly benefitting our customers and the causes closest to their hearts.

“Our next round of Community Awards is set to launch in autumn and we’d encourage our Staffordshire-based customers to get involved and nominate a cause that’s important to them.”

Through its Foundation, OneFamily redistributes a proportion of its profits back to its customers, to help them to help their families, their communities and those they care about most.  In 2016, an estimated 100,000 people directly benefitted from the Foundation Community Awards.

Over a period of five years, OneFamily aspires to make £5 million available through its Foundation, helping to improve the lives of its customers, their families and communities.

For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/