Story and photo by Amy Palmer
On 26th May MP Gill Furniss met Burngreave Works staff and their clients, who are being supported to look for work.
Burngreave Works was originally set up as ‘Burngreave Opportunities’, a New Deal initiative, but now runs with just two dedicated staff, who offer support to men and women with a range of needs and in a range of languages (Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi and English). Their service is clearly very in demand and nine men were attending the drop-in job search session and patiently waiting to get advice when Gill arrived with Councillor Mazher Iqbal.
Tammy showed Gill how they have got 30 people into work this year, exceeding their target of thirteen. Gill was clearly impressed, saying, “There’s something we need to bottle here”. In my opinion, the dedication of the staff is what is keeping this important service going.
Despite their successes Burngreave Works can only get paid for meeting their target of helping thirteen people into work so funding is tight, sometimes staff work on a voluntary basis to ensure the organisation can keep going.