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Bournemouth Charity Crumbs Cleans Up £74,950 Grant

Bournemouth’s catering charity Crumbs has received a welcome funding boost of £74,950 from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales to help people with learning disabilities break into the world of work.

Crumbs provides catering training and work experience to people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and those living with substance misuse. Their catering service not only helps people with a range of disabilities find appropriate employment, it provides them with a structured workplace and helps them build a sense of purpose and self-worth.

The grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation will be used to contribute t the salary of a Work Placement Supervisor for three years. This post will support trainees with learning disabilities, helping them to build valuable skills and eventually find jobs. This new funding follows a previous Lloyds Bank Foundation grant to Crumbs of £74,813 in 2014, and will allow them to deliver much needed services to those in the local community with learning difficulties.

Commenting on receiving the grant Leanne Miller, Operations Manager at The Crumbs Project said; “We are delighted to receive this grant from Lloyds Bank, which will enable the Project to employ a full-time Work Placement Supervisor to support our work experience programme. We recognise that work experience is vital to helping our trainees grow their confidence and eventually lead an independent life. This new role will be fundamental in building relationships with local organisations to source appropriate work experience placements and support trainees coming to the end of their Crumbs training.”

Paul Streets, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation said; “As out latest research has shown, there is a quiet crisis facing local authorities. Ever-tighter budgets mean vulnerable people have to reply on the support of local charities like Crumbs. They’re not just a ‘nice to have’- their work is making a vital difference, day in, day out to people’s lives. We’re proud to partner with Crumbs as part of Lloyds Banking Group’s plan to Help Britain Prosper, supporting the costs of their work, strengthening them, and helping raise their voice among the policy-makers and decision-makers their future depends on.”

Crumbs Project is one of eight charities in the South West supported in Lloyds Bank Foundation’s latest funding round, which awarded £594,001 across the region, tackling issues such as mental health, domestic abuse and homelessness.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales partner with small and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse. With the Foundation’s support, small charities like Crumbs who are often underfunded, under pressure and too often ignored, are able to make life-changing impact where others can’t.

For further information about The Crumbs Project please visit www.crumbs.org.uk , call 01202 519320 or email bakery@crumbs.org.uk.

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