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Cash boost set to help more people into work

There was good news for people in east London who need help to get back into work. A housing association scheme which helps people into employment has just had a huge cash boost from an international law firm eager to support its work.

Routes to Work is a programme run by East Thames, part of the L&Q Group, offering work experience and business mentoring. It helps people into work by partnering with organisations who can offer the chance to gain relevant, on-the-job experience in a role that meets their skills.

East Thames has worked with law firm Trowers & Hamlins for more than 10 years to support the scheme. The City firm sponsors two work placement programmes every year, hosting up to ten Routes to Work participants for two weeks, providing mentoring, training and valuable work experience in a corporate environment.

In the past year the East Thames team has helped 274 people into work – more than one for every working day! It was given a further boost recently when Trowers and Hamlins presented it with a cheque for £2,000 to support its work.

Shehla Kadri, East Thames project co-ordinator for Routes to Work, said: “This fantastic donation will enable us to offer even more to our customers and go that extra mile to have a greater impact. Among the things I would like to do is organise wellbeing and employability sessions for customers to keep them positive. Our aim is to empower, engage and develop them so they can reach their full potential. We are very grateful to Trowers and Hamlins for their support of our work and for this generous donation.”

Anup Vithlani, Head of Graduate Recruitment & Development at Trowers and Hamlins, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide East Thames with this donation and are further excited to hear how this amount will be used to provide a greater impact on the wider community that the organisation is involved with.

We have developed an excellent working relationship with East Thames through the Routes to Work programme. The programme continues to go from strength to strength every year and we look forward to continuing our established involvement in it."

For more information on Routes to Work or any of the courses we offer at East Thames, visit http://www.east-thames.co.uk/ete or call us on 0208 522 2221.