Community Wood Recycling network member Oxford Wood Recycling is breaking down post pandemic barriers to employment with the Wood to Work project.

The aim of the scheme is to help individuals who face significant barriers to employment, including health issues or disability, to enter the world of work by supporting them to be ready for the workplace and to find a job.

The programme also offers support to participants when they take up their new employment, helping to build lasting outcomes.  Eight people have already moved into jobs through the scheme, with another 12 currently on the programme.

Richard Mehmed, managing director of Community Wood Recycling, said: “Our network members offer a unique opportunity for trainees as there is a wide variety of work-related activities within each social enterprise.

“This helps the people we work with to find an occupation suited to their strengths and interests, builds confidence and gives them varied experience for their CVs. We are very proud of everyone who has progressed from volunteering to a permanent job.”

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