The Trustees of Graft Thames Valley would like to inform you of some changes taking place within our organisation.
Over the last decade, Graft has supported hundreds of disabled and disadvantaged individuals to improve their employability and to gain and sustain meaningful employment. Over 30% of our service users move into paid employment and over 75% retain that employment for more than 26 weeks. Our Social Return on Investment is 20:1 –meaning that for every £1 we spend, we generate £20 of social impact – this equates to around £2M each year. During this time we have always fought to offer our services free of charge to service users and have raised over half a million pounds to support our work.
However, despite these amazing achievements Graft has struggled to secure funding to allow us to continue to provide free services and from October 1st 2015 Graft will no longer be supporting individuals who self refer to our service. We will only be supporting individuals who are referred through organisations that will fund our work with the referred individual/s.
From 1st October 2015 we can provide:
One off training in one of our employability group sessions Available to Reading Borough Council residents.
A mixture of employability support and 1:1 intensive support – on-going and as required Available to West Berkshire Council residents – limited number of service users.
Drop in employment support. Available to Slough Borough Council residents
We will continue to offer a limited service to some existing service users and we will continue to provide in-work support for those service users we have supported into work. We will also provide a bespoke service for any individual that comes to us with funding from a statutory source.
We are constantly seeking additional funding to provide more services to meet the growing need but sadly, our waiting list is now closed.
Graft continues to provide a portfolio for training to businesses, charities and third sector organisations (see attached). Our training is unique and bespoke and all profit is used to support our charitable work. If we can help with your training needs please contact us – your order will help us to continue to support some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
We hope to be in a position to open our waiting list again in the near future and to once again offer our unique service to those disabled and disadvantaged people in our area that need help to move from benefits and state dependency to independence and employment.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our friends and partners for their kindness and support during this time of transition.
'I wish people would see my ability and not my disability'
The Green Park Runners line up for the 'off' at the 2013 Reading Half Marathon - all of the sponsorship monies being donated to Graft.
Graft Thames Valley wins
Graft Thames Valley wins the 2012 Pride of Reading Award for 'Making a difference'