The Howarth Foundation

A recovering addict who has previously been homeless has secured employment at The John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield thanks to support from a charity established by Cleckheaton based HR and employment law firm, Howarths.

Sean Swindells has secured a role with catering contractor Kudos and will be based at The John Smith’s Stadium as a kitchen porter.

The role was secured by The Howarth Foundation on behalf of Mr Swindells after he was introduced to the charity by Leeds-based Growing Rooms.

Natalie Wells, client development manager at The Howarth Foundation, said:

“Sean is now eight months clean and following a recovery programme based in Halifax called Alpha.

“He has shown great dedication to his recovery, completing a work skills course via Blueapple Training in Leeds and progressing to customer service and retail qualifications.

“Additionally, he volunteers in a café every week, where he has developed a passion for the catering industry.

“The Howarth Foundation has now stepped in to help him secure paid work in this sector through our Business Building Futures – Street2Feet programme.”

Andy Howarth, chairman at The Howarth Foundation, said:

“Our programme sees us working with a host of partner businesses across Leeds and Kirklees to provide skills training, work experience and employment opportunities to individuals who have been identified as ready to re-enter full or part-time employment following a period of homelessness.

“Securing paid work or skills training is vitally important to recovering addicts, as it helps them move away from benefits, start contributing to society once again and develop a new sense of self-worth.”

Speaking about his new role, Mr Swindells said:

“The Howarth Foundation has made me feel valued again and given me the confidence and hope to help turn my life around.”

“Without Andy and Natalie’s help, I wouldn’t have had the chance of such an amazing opportunity to get my foot on the employment ladder and start a career doing something I have a passion for.”

Businesses interested in finding out more about supporting The Howarth Foundation are being encouraged to attend its complimentary Business Building Futures networking event at The John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield at 4pm on Thursday 25 April.