The Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP today (8 January 2015) visited a number of community organisations in Preston that have been supported by Business in the Community’s Business Connector Jacky Hohol.
Dig In North West, the Armed Force Group and Space Centre, all based in the Ashton-on-Ribble area of Preston, have benefitted from the Business Connector programme, a scheme run by the charity Business in the Community which puts talented business professionals into communities of greatest need – allowing them to use their time, networks and expertise to connect the needs of their local community with the resource of local business. The Business Connectors programme has been backed by HRH the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron, is run by charity Business in the Community.
Preston Business Connector Jacky Hohol has been seconded from Lloyds Banking Group since March 2014 and connected a range of voluntary organisations with local businesses, a number which met the Minister today including:
♦ Dig In North West have had their garden cleared with the support of employee volunteers from Amey Construction and both gardening and painting support from Lloyds Banking Group.
♦ The Armed Forces Group Preston were connected to Preston council to get a free venue for their charity.
♦ Space Centre partnered with Dig In North West to design a sensory garden, expanding the number of services that the Space Centre can offer to young people.
The Office for Civil Society, which is led by the Minister Rob Wilson, was the lead supporter of the pilot scheme that led to the development of the Business Connector programme in 2011.
Seconded from her role as a Network Engagement Manager at Lloyds Banking Group, Jacky is one of 118 Business Connectors across the country. Trained by Business in the Community, Jacky is part way through a year building partnerships that tackle the local issues surrounding employment, education, enterprise and social cohesion in Preston.
Jacky has lived in Preston for over 25 years. She said: “The work I’ve been doing since my secondment began has already resulted in lots of ‘connections’, with several charities receiving support which they wouldn’t have received without having a Business Connector in place.”
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