Nomination for inspirational charity group
Friday 5th September 2014
The Exodus Project works in some of the neediest parts of the borough with children aged eight to 15 to help raise their self esteem and realise their future aspirations.
The aim is to get them to take responsibility for themselves and pride in their communities.
Exodus has more than 60 volunteers, of which more than half are former members.
Mid-week activity clubs are run in Worsbrough Common, Darfield, Birdwell, Staincross and town centre, which involve dance, drama, music, sport and games. Children are also encouraged to discuss issues relevant to their community.
Every week, there is a different subject relevant to 'citizenship' - such as graffiti, vandalism or respect for the elderly.
They have been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.
Charity Fundraiser of the Year Sponsor
Norbert Dentressangle operates four sites around South Yorkshire employing over 2,500 people. Located here in Barnsley is the company’s largest world-wide site, the ASOS operation in Grimethorpe. They also have a long standing relationship with Ardagh Glass (ex Redfearns) at Carlton.
Although you may guess from the name that Norbert Dentressangle is a French company, they are also a leading UK employer with the biggest concentration here in South Yorkshire.
People all recognise the red lorries, but not necessarily what services Norbert Dentressangle offer. They are a third party logistics and transport provider which means that they work on behalf of customers receiving, storing, picking and shipping their goods. This ranges from internet fashion, like ASOS, to glass bottles, like Ardagh, through to ASDA, House of Fraser and Boots.
Norbert Dentressangle started the company in 1979 and he is still involved today. This personal touch means that they place a huge emphasis on their people. This investment in people locally at the ASOS operation has enabled over 100 managers to be upskilled on the Red Management programme, the long term unemployed being given a deserved chance, recruitment of 25 weekend part-time students and filling around 120 am and pm part-time roles particularly suited to working mums.
Along with ASOS, Norbert Dentressangle also supports many local community based initiatives and will be investing in 30 young apprentices this April.
It is this local touch which Andy Hague, innovation director for Norbet Dentressangle, believes makes the difference: “Being one of Barnsley’s biggest employers we are determined to invest in our local talent to help sustain the incredible growth, currently around 40 per cent a year, that ASOS are experiencing. They are committed to the site for the next 15 years and we plan to continue to grow our talent pool from local people.”
Andy added: “Both ourselves and ASOS are really pleased to support and to be involved in the Proud of Barnsley awards and to sponsor the Charity Fundraiser category.”