Giving World, GIFTED

Nothing to Waste, No One in Need

What if you could give people things they need, for free, and help the environment in the process? Giving World believes you can. The Leicester- based charity is dedicated to fighting poverty and protecting the environment with one simple idea: saving brand new items from landfill and distributing it to those who need it most. Businesses donate their surplus items, such as packaged food, warm winter clothing, toiletries and basic household products which are redistributed free to vulnerable communities. That’s not all. Giving World runs an employability skills programme for young people and adults with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, or mental health challenges. It’s called GIFTED – Get Inspired for Training, Employment and Development.

  • 14 GIFTED participants reported an increase in confidence and skills, with 12 reporting a positive or very positive impact on their life.
  • 14 attendees have continued into further education.
  • 2 attendees gained part-time weekend work as a direct result of improved confidence and motivation following the GIFTED course.

Building confidence, learning new skills

As part of our small grants programme, we gave £8,871 to support GIFTED, so 15 young adults with learning difficulties could take part in a series of structured work skills workshops. Run in a simulated warehouse environment, the workshops include things like packing, counting, inventory, health and safety, quality control and team leadership. Participants build confidence and gain new skills to help them move on to further education or work. One of the programme participants said: “GIFTED helped me a lot. When I was team leader for a session I learnt how to treat other people and team working. I also learnt to listen to instructions and how to sort stuff and fold clothes.”

All the students who’ve attended sessions at Giving World have all come away with more confidence and a feeling of self-worth that they have done a good job, and they are helping other people. The format and structure just works!” Elaine, Giving World’s Employment Support Worker

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