Ready for Work end of year celebration

Business in the Community in Manchester hold an annual end-of-year party to celebrate our job club, and the sterling achievements of our job-seeking clients and business volunteers. (Image: Volunteers from DWF, Carillion and BITC prepare for our vintage tea party.)

It’s one thing to donate gifts at this time of year, but to donate time was a really rewarding experience. Serving afternoon tea to people who have worked hard as part of Job Club and Ready to Work was a great way to give something back – and planning the event as part of the team at DWF was a great challenge!

- Angelee Patel,
Paralegal Banking and Finance, Lender Services, DWF
This year our get-together was in the style of ‘afternoon tea’, with sandwiches, cakes, scones with cream and jam and lots of cups of tea.  As well as celebrating our volunteers and clients through awards, it was a great opportunity to meet new individuals interested in becoming part of our bank of volunteers who help with job club.

Mustard Tree, who host our weekly job club, provided the venue for the celebration.  They said, "It was great to celebrate the support of our businesses and clients this year and I felt we had a really good turn out on the day. The tea party theme worked extremely well and it was great to see Mustard Tree's central space totally transformed!”  

Volunteers from DWF supported the end of year celebration providing the catering, decorations, serving the tea and coffee and, most importantly, doing the washing up! 

Beverly Hesketh, Operations Support Manager, Carillion plc and Euan, a former Ready for Work client now working for Transpennine ExpressReady for Work in the North West in 2013

Ready for Work offers people business support to overcome the barriers that they face, such as homelessness, and get into employment.  In 2013 in the North West, of the 128 people who completed the Ready for Work Programme, 83 have sustained employment for more than three months

Nelson, a Ready for Work client stated, “Ready for Work really helped me to get back on my feet and the party was great chance to catch up with old friends. It gave me the opportunity to think about all the good things that have happened since I started the program.”  

Nelson recently completed Ready for Work and is now employed by Waitrose - he was on hand to collect the New Business of the Year Award on behalf of Waitrose.

Employee volunteering

  • In 2013 over 2,600 business volunteers donated 19,213 hours to 130 community projects across the North West, including volunteering to transform people’s lives through Ready for Work, offering their time as job coaches and supporting participants through training and work placements as well as contributing to the end of year party in Manchester.

  • Beverly Hesketh, Operations Support Manager, Carillion plc won BITC Responsible Business Awards Employee Volunteer of the Year for the North West in 2013. She not only helped out on the day making tea and coffee, but also brought a fantastic cake for the party.

The awards

The most outstanding Ready for Work businesses, volunteers and clients in the Manchester area were celebrated through our local Ready for Work Manchester awards:

  • Ready for Work Job Coach of the Year: Elli Smithson

  • Going the Extra Mile: showing real passion and dedication to the program: M&S Market St Janette Walton & Amanda Smith

  • Ready for Work New Business of the Year award: Waitrose

  • Ready for Work Club Business of the Year: Bank of New York

  • Ready for Work Club: Outstanding business engagement award: First TransPennine Express