The Better Barnsley Bond launched this morning at Barnsley Town Hall.
As part of Henry Boot Construction’s contract with Barnsley Council, they have created a funding pot to support initiatives wider than just construction jobs and apprenticeships within their sector. This funding pot is called the Better Barnsley Bond.
The purpose of the Better Barnsley Bond is to support training, employment and local community initiatives in the Barnsley area. All partners working under the Better Barnsley Bond have a shared vision to implement a Looked After Children/Skills and Jobs Programme, support disabled people into the workforce, mentor ex-offenders to gain employment, support Area Councils and the Love Where You Live community initiatives and the creation of community and social enterprises.
Local businesses attended the launch to find out more about the bond and how they could support it. To date Henry Boot Construction has been joined by NPS Barnsley, Kier, Berneslai Homes Construction Services and Turner & Townsend; all have provided funding for the bond.
Local community groups and organisations also attended to find out how to access funding for projects that meet the purpose of the Better Barnsley Bond.
The bond has successfully supported a number of projects in Barnsley including the provision of funding towards the Oaks Colliery Disaster Memorial, the schools TEKK challenge and the Coordinated Community Response - Violence against Women and Girls. Presentations were given by some of the bond recipients to explain how the funding had supported their initiatives.
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