Giving people a chance to get into a career

Members of OTAP and Hope Wood SUS-141125-132538001

Members of OTAP and Hope Wood SUS-141125-132538001

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Old Town Area Panel has donated money to support a new charity which provides opportunities for unemployed people.

Hope Woodwork needed vital equipment for its premises in Green Street and approached the area panel as it distributes money to local causes on behalf of Eastbourne Homes.

The organisation offers unemployed people training to get onto more formal training courses or back into work. This support also helps restore self-worth and builds confidence.

A variety of tools and equipment were bought with the £7,000 grant including saws, heaters, drills and sanders, meaning the workshop is fully equipped for its apprentices.

Recycled waste wood such as pallets and scaffold boards are transformed to make products which can then be sold, and the organisation aims to become financially sustainable and create paid jobs in the longer term.

Cecile Slater, chair of Old Town Area Panel, said, “Hope Woodwork is an important new charity in the area which gives unemployed people a chance to get back into work.

“Therefore, we were delighted to help such an important cause and wish the team every success.”

Stephen Brown, from Hope Woodwork, said, “Everyone involved in Hope Woodwork will really benefit from the equipment which the panel has funded and we’re very grateful to them.

“We aim to make a real difference in people’s lives by providing opportunities for work and training in a non-threatening environment.”

Cllr Margaret Bannister added, “It’s great that Old Town Area Panel has been able to support this worthwhile charity.

“Enabling residents in Old Town to gain this experience, in their own area, ensures that more people are able to take advantage of the offer.”

See the website www.hopewoodwork.co.uk for more information .