Aspire Oxfordshire Community Enterprise has been selected as Recruiter’s Charity of the Year 2012.
Chosen by a group vote of the judges adjudicating the Recruiter Awards for Excellence in Recruitment 2012, headline sponsored by eploy, the charity aims to create high-quality, employment opportunities for people “who desperately want to work but are facing what can feel like insurmountable barriers to getting and keeping a job”, according to Jane Harris, Aspire’s development and fundraising officer.
The 11-year-old charity offers full and part-time employment both in-house and through five enterprises: a heritage kitchen garden with Burford Garden Company, a clothing and fabric resale and recycling project, a garden maintenance business, a materials recycling enterprise and a social recruitment agency.
In 2011, Aspire supported over 200 clients through its enterprises, with 100 attending work placements with local employers. Last year, 78 Aspire trainees found paid jobs in mainstream employment, including 56 part-time roles and 22 in permanent full-time jobs.
The men and women who are referred by 25 different agencies often experience long-term unemployment, street homelessness, physical or mental health difficulties, learning disabilities, and drug and alcohol dependencies related to their circumstances.
Funds will be raised for Aspire at the Awards gala on 2 May, through a casino event after the ceremony and by the sale of photos taken of guests as they arrive.