Expanding Durham charity welcomes new staff

Durham based charity Finchale has announced a raft of new appointments to support its ambitious growth plans in the North East. The independent charity, which was originally founded in 1943 as a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for service personnel returning from active service, provides health, training and employment opportunities for people excluded and isolated due to multiple disadvantages.

Three new appointments include Paul Lund who joins the business as a Quality and Compliance Manager from his previous position as Quality and Contracts at TDR Training, Natalie Wright who joins the business as a Case Manager bringing with her a wealth of experience from the recruitment sector and Gemma Pearson who joins the business as Operational Administrative Support.

Natalie said: “I’ve been at Finchale now for a couple of weeks and I’m really enjoying it. In some respects, it’s a complete change, having worked in the recruitment industry to joining a small third sector organisation, but it’s great and I’m already starting to meet with new clients and support them into work. I’m particularly pleased that I’m working for an organisation that helps, among others, veterans and people with disabilities because I firmly believe that these are the people who need more help.”

Commenting on the new appointments, Mel Pears MBE, CEO at Finchale said: “We’re delighted to welcome Paul, Natalie and Gemma to the team. These appointments represent our commitment and determination to build on decades of success transforming lives for the better.

Over the past year we have completely transformed the way we work and we are now creating a new vision for the future. We have exciting and ambitious plans and the new staff will be instrumental in enabling us to continue to expand our business and provide even more support to unemployed, disadvantaged, disabled and Veterans from throughout the North East who need our help. ”

Finchale offers a range of support in the following areas: personal and social skills, stable housing, family support, long term and mental health, managing Addictions, debt and personal finance. The charity offers a wide range of courses including: construction, customer service, e-courses, employability skills, functional skills, health and safety, health and wellbeing, management and HR, warehousing and distribution, workplace substance and alcohol misuse.

Finchale’s health to work programmes focus on real work and skills needed for employment – whether that is voluntary, part time or full time. Its health to work programmes help people to find suitable work that meets their skills in their home areas and fits their personal and family needs.

To find out more about Finchale visit the website www.finchale.org 


Notes to editor


Finchale, based in Pity Me in County Durham, was founded in 1943 as a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for service personnel returning from active service, and it has retained strong links with the Armed Forces ever since.

The independent registered charity has supported disabled people and those with health inequalities for 73 years by offering specialist support for people with multiple and complex barriers to employment. It works with individuals and families from the Scottish Borders in the north to the East Riding of Yorkshire in the south, and across from Teesside to Cumbria. Finchale works with a wide range of employers and partners of all sizes from across the public, private and third sectors.

Set in 13.5 acres of landscaped grounds, Finchale also offers a wide range of flexible business spaces which can cater for 2-150 people, available to hire from an hour to a full day. Facilities include: 18 fully equipped teaching, training and meeting rooms; auditorium seating for 80-100 people; more than 120 bedrooms (20 ensuite); IT suites; lecture theatre and classrooms; as well as conference, event and banqueting facilities. Services include access to audio visual and laptop equipment, Wi-Fi, as well as catering and parking.

For further information please contact: Katharine Hawking, Social Media and Marketing Officer, Tel: 0191 386 2634, Mob: 07540 963734, Email: katharine.hawking@finchale.org


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