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The Maximus Local Impact Fund has awarded £9,600 to FareShare Midlands to fund their new skills programme for single parents.

FareShare Midlands is the region’s largest food redistribution charity and has been tackling food waste and food poverty by distributing surplus food to frontline charities and community groups across the Midlands since 2008. At the same time, through its growing SkillsShare Employability Service, it is delivering innovative programmes that help residents develop their skills, overcome barriers to work and move into employment. 

The grant will be used to help fund a new employment support scheme from the FareShare Midlands depot in Nottingham, Launching in May, workshops will run once a month for six months and will help single parents to gain new skills and find meaningful employment with sessions covering topics such as budgeting, setting realistic job goals, and defining transferable skills.

Sessions will take place during school hours, which eases the need for parents to fund childcare. Costs associated with attending sessions, such as taxi fares, will also be subsidised, and free lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day. Upon completion of the course, attendees will also receive a free family food parcel to help support families while the parents look for work. 

Launched in March 2023 as part of our delivery of the Restart Scheme, the Local Impact Fund supports charities and community organisations across South and West Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, by providing grants that offer direct benefit to the local community whilst investing in the region’s economic recovery. 

The fund furthers our social value commitment by making a positive impact within a number of local communities, with successful projects ranging from resources for ESOL learners, to employment support services for single parents and peer mentoring for people at risk of homelessness

So far, Maximus has invested £54,000 in nine community projects and initiatives across the North during the first two rounds of funding, helping to transform thousands of lives at a local level.   

Simone Connolly, CEO at FareShare Midlands, said: “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded £9,600 to deliver Employability Workshops to lone parents in Nottingham. It can be daunting thinking about returning to work as a single parent, and our workshops will remove fears, highlight the benefits and boost confidence. This is another example of our growing SkillsShare employability programmes, and we thank Maximus for this great opportunity.

Anne Seddon, Social Value Manager at Maximus, said: “The Local Impact Fund offers grants to small and medium-sized charities, social enterprises, and community organisations to tackle a range of key issues. These grants enable Maximus to leave a lasting legacy beyond the Restart Scheme, and by supporting FareShare Midlands we can ensure single parents develop their skills and move into sustainable employment.” 

Charis Green, Head of Community Partnerships at Maximus, said: “At Maximus, we believe that it is vital to give back to the regions in which we operate. The Local Impact Fund allows us to make a positive difference in the lives of the people and organisations at the heart of those communities. We are delighted to be able to award grants to charities like FareShare Midlands, who are making such a valuable impact in their local communities.”

To find out more about the Restart Scheme, visit: www.maximus.restart.uk and to find out more about our Social Value commitments, visit: https://www.maximusuk.co.uk/about-us/our-impact   

About Maximus in the UK  

Maximus delivers services that help more than 2 million people each year in the UK to move forward with their lives. Operating from more than 285 locations, Maximus is one of the largest providers of employment, health, and disability support programmes in the country. All of Maximus’ operations are delivered through four operational divisions; Assessments, Connect, Employability and Health.  

Maximus employs over 5,000 specialists, including more than 1,000 employment advisors and 1,400 doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, and other Healthcare Professionals. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader and Living Wage Employer. Learn more at maximusuk.co.uk.  

About the Local Impact Fund 

The Maximus Local Impact Fund is funded by the Restart Scheme, and provides grants to charities and organisations across South and West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and South and East London, to carry out activities, initiatives and programmes that make a real impact within their communities. 

Organisations are invited to apply for funding twice each year, and in total, Maximus has awarded £54,600 to nine organisations in South and West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire during the first two rounds of funding. The awardees were selected by a panel of Maximus employees and representatives from local authorities, who help map out the priorities for the fund at a local level.  

About the Restart Scheme  

The Restart Scheme provides Universal Credit claimants who have been out of work for more than 9 months with enhanced support to help them to move into work. The scheme is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs and provides 12 months of tailored and community-based support, helping people to overcome their barriers and move into sustainable employment.  

Maximus delivers the Restart Scheme across South and West Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and South and East London. All referrals to the scheme are through Jobcentre Plus.  

For further information, please contact:    

Asher Mayers-Thompson, External Communications Executive

07570353948 / Asher.Mayers-Thompson@MaximusUK.co.uk 

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