In our interview with Hazel Wright of Graft we were amazed at the contribution they are making to the Reading and Thames Valley economy each year. Here is a summary of our Question and Answer session with Hazel:
Hazel explained that by helping local disadvantaged job seekers, Graft can make this amazing contribution to the public purse. She went on to explain that simply, by getting approximately 40% of their clients into meaningful paid employment each year, it means they no longer depend on benefits. So, said Hazel, with savings on unemployment and other benefits, revenues from tax and NI contributions, we can save the tax payer this much.
Hazel said that it worked because they treat each of their clients individually, providing a bespoke package of support that is just right for them. She said ‘the best way to explain what we do is through our clients, so have a look at this short video’. Graft Clients Feedback.
Hazel explained that 85% of their clients stay in work. So the revenues they generate in tax and NI payments and the VAT income from their purchases are repeated year after year, helping to add to the savings and local economy.
Hazel explained that they relied on donations (Link), companies and individuals sponsoring selected activities and they relied on businesses purchasing their training & corporate services http://graft.org.uk/corporate-and-business/
Hazel said it costs about £100,000 each year to run Graft But remember for every £1 spent, we generate £20 of social impact.