Donate your spare smart clothes for GREAT

Donate your spare smart clothes for GREAT

One of the ways GREAT is helping our project participants to get ready for work is by preparing them for the interview process.

Successful interviews depend on knowing how to present yourself to prospective employers, and a part of that is making sure that interviewees are dressed appropriately.

However, not all of our participants can afford to buy brand new clothes, so we’re collecting formal clothes that we can give to interviewees ahead of their interviews.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for people to donate the following, for men and women, in all sizes:

  • Complete smart suits
  • Smart trousers
  • Smart jackets
  • Shirts and blouses

Any donated clothes which aren’t used by the GREAT participants will be passed on to local charities.

If you’d like to donate something, please contact Suzi Hailes, GREAT Employment Support Officer:

Behind the scenes morning at Fareshare

GREAT Project behind the scenes at Fareshare

On 18 April, GREAT spent a morning looking behind the scenes at Leicestershire-based charity Fareshare.

Who is Fareshare?

Fareshare tackles food waste across the UK by taking excess food from the food industry and individuals. They check it for quality and redistribute it to voluntary groups and businesses who can use the food for social good, such as community centres, cafes and restaurants who could provide free or low-cost meals in deprived areas.

Behind the scenes

We invited a few GREAT participants along, and they had the chance to see how an organisation like Fareshare works. They were also able to get a feel for what Fareshare would be looking for in a volunteer (as the organisation has many volunteers to help sort and distribute the food) and in potential staff if they were to recruit.

To help us to understand what the average Fareshare volunteer has to do, we were given a pallet of donated food to sort into the correct boxes. It might look easy but it was surprisingly difficult!

We hope our participants were inspired by their morning at Fareshare and we look forward to more behind the scenes visits in the future!

Exciting changes for the GREAT Project

Exciting changes at the GREAT Project

There have been a lot of exciting changes at the GREAT Project recently. We’ve just finished a round of recruitment to the project and we have some new staff members and roles to introduce.

Employment Support Officers

Our Employment Navigators are now called Employment Support Officers (ESO). We’ve recruited six new ESOs, three of whom have already started work at the GREAT Project – welcome to Yachna, Suzi and Anita. More ESOs will be starting over the next month or so, and we’ll provide more updates.

Employment Coordinators

As well as recruiting new ESOs, we’ve also created two new Employment Coordinator roles. The Employment Coordinators will work with the ESOs. We’ve already recruited one Coordinator – welcome to Kenton (who was previously GREAT’s Communications Officer) – and the other Coordinator will be joining us in the next few weeks.

Encouraging more male participants

We’ve identified that we are seeing lower numbers of male participants on the GREAT Project than female. Ivan has joined us from Healthwatch Leicestershire as our Interim Delivery Coordinator to look at ways to improve the numbers of male participants. A substantive Delivery Coordinator role will be advertised shortly.