Osprey secures grant to help unemployed

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 January 2011

Healthy Living centre. Bournville, Wendy Watkins of Osprey outdoors with Jabez Croney

Healthy Living centre. Bournville, Wendy Watkins of Osprey outdoors with Jabez Croney


A BANWELL-BASED organisation which helps the long-term unemployed gain work experience is celebrating after it secured a grant worth £4,000.

Osprey Outdoors, a not-for-profit social enterprise, has been successful in its application to the Mendips AONB Sustainable Development Fund.

The organisation has set up a scheme called Gaining Confidence through Conservation Volunteering, which arranges for people who are long-term unemployed to take part in conservation activities.

As well as helping them to regain their confidence, they also learn new skills to aid them in their job search.

The £4,000 grant means there is enough funding for the scheme to run until May.

Wendy Watkins, one of the directors, said: “We are delighted that we now have funding from three sources including Quartet Community Foundation and NSHousing.

“The scheme has been running since December and is benefiting the local conservation area.”

There are spaces left on the scheme, which runs from 10am-4pm every Monday.

People are picked up and dropped off at the For All Healthy Living Centre on the Bournville estate.

For more details or to register ring Wendy on 07778 913192.

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