Today I visited the Wood Recycling Project in Nechells – which is run by the Jericho Foundation, one of Birmingham’s leading charities which currently runs eight social enterprises.
Their motto is Jericho “changes lives through enterprise” and they help local disadvantaged people break down barriers to become fulfilled, skilled and employed. I was particularly pleased to hear that they are currently employing some people with learning disabilities at the wood recycling project – something I have asked for from Birmingham Council. It was a recommendation of the Council’s BOLD Report in 2010 and progress seemed to be being made when the Health Scrutiny Committee (which I chaired under the previous administration) tracked the report last March. Unfortunately now, the current Scrutiny Committee has written the recommendation off as unachievable.
Back to Jericho – and I was interested to hear how they collect wood from a wide variety of sources, turning it into various things including into furniture and brickettes. Altogether a very worthwhile project.