Tomorrow’s People National Awards 2014

Steve & Alison attended the Tomorrow’s People National Awards Ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel, Knightsbridge on Thursday 27th November 2014 and we are delighted to have won the LOCAL PARTNER OF THE YEAR award!

This is a huge reward to be recognised for the hard work involved in supporting five young people from often very challenging backgrounds, initially by offering them a 10 week placement and then the possibility of a year’s apprenticeship.

Up against the likes of HSBC & RBS, Frances Conway (Tomorrow’s People Community Liason Adviser in Heathfield) says “For a small company, they have made an incredible effort with our clients… Support offered by Frogheath Landscapes includes arranging lifts for those living in rural areas and arranging paid for driving lessons in exchange for working a few extra hours…. The staff give up so much valuable time to the partnership, including pastoral care, training and personal development.”

Steve commented “We have always been passionate about the future of the younger generation and wherever possible we give work and training opportunities. It is hard work, but giving the job opportunity they need will hopefully give them the independence and the start they need to secure a meaningful future.”

Tim Dinnage, 18 from Heathfield, works at Frogheath Landscapes and has won the MICHAEL GUTHRIE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT at the Tomorrow’s People National Awards Ceremony in London last week. When Tim first came to Tomorrow’s People he was experiencing all sorts of difficulties. In just two weeks of signing up to Heathfield Works! Tim became motivated to change his life. Tim took on voluntary work at Frogheath Landscapes. When asked how he got on after the first day, Tim said ‘It was the best day of my life.’

That was over a year ago and Tim is still working at Frogheath Landscapes. Tim says, “Without Heathfield Works! I dread to think where I would be now. I love my job and look forward to going to work and getting paid. In just a year I have an ISA, an apprenticeship qualification, am preparing to take my driving test soon, am getting on better with my family, have somewhere to stay and I pay my bills. I have a future. I’m really happy and it’s all down to Tomorrow’s People supporting me and getting me the Frogheath job.”

Baroness Debbie Stedman Scott, CEO of Tomorrow’s People, says, “It is the support of our local partners that really allows us to tailor the work that we do to the needs of each community. It is crucially important to develop relationships between employers and young people looking for first time employment so we can develop a pragmatic, informed and mutually beneficial response to the skills gap. We are extremely grateful for the time and energy that Frogheath Landscapes have put in to this process.”