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STONEBRIDGE, 11th APRIL 2013
MAYOR’S OF BRENT AND HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM LAUNCH NEW CONNECTING COMMUNITIES PROJECT HELPING SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY ISOLATED LOCAL PEOPLE FIND EMPLOYMENT THROUGH VOLUNTEER PLACEMENTS AND TRAINING

The Mayor of Brent, Cllr Michael Adeyeye, together with the Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, Cllr Belinda Donovan, today at The Stonebridge Centre (The Hub) launched the Connecting Communities project, a 3 year initiative funded by City Bridge Trust, to help socially and economically isolated local people across both boroughs find employment through volunteer placements and vocational training. The project is being delivered by Brent Active Citizens and the Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre who both have a long history of utilising volunteering to help people develop skills and experience to gain employment.

The Connecting Communities project will help local people who face considerable barriers (such as unemployment, low income, reliance on benefits, unskilled and with little or no qualifications, ex-offenders, young people, mental health and disability issues) that keep them in an isolated community and through volunteer placements in local organisations and businesses they will build confidence, skills, experience and contacts to help them connect to an economically active community that will open up to them opportunities for employment.

Both Mayors were pleased and proud to be there together to launch this project that works across their two boroughs. Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, Cllr Belinda Donovan, said, "I am very impressed with this project and have long been a supporter of the work performed by the Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre”. Mayor of Brent, Cllr Michael Adeyeye, very much agreed with his fellow Mayor and said, “This is a great project that will really help Brent residents.”

The Leader of Brent Council, Muhammed Butt, officially began proceedings at the launch event with a short presentation offering his support to the Connecting Communities projects and how important schemes such as this are to helping local people to engage and be more active in the community economically and socially.

Dominic Pinkney, Chief Operating Officer of Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre, said, “We are very proud to have both Mayor’s here to launch the Connecting Communities project which sees a continuation of the volunteering and employability work we have carried out in Brent and Hammersmith & Fulham for over 10 years. We firmly believe that volunteering is a gateway to opportunities such as employment, education, training and enterprise."

If you would like to benefit from this project or wish to find out more please contact:
Tsige Dejene on 0208 902 1822 or email Tsige@brentactivecitizens.org.uk
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01 – (L to R) Mayor of Brent Cllr Michael Adeyeye, Abdul Towolawi Chair of Board of Trustees for Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre, Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham Cllr Belinda Donovan

02 – Leader of Brent Council Cllr Muhammed Butt

03 – Mayor of Brent Council, Cllr Michael Adeyeye, talking about the Connecting Communities project

04 – Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham Cllr Belinda Donovan and Mayor of Brent Cllr Michael Adeyeye enjoying the launch event

 

 

 

 

 

 



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