Paxman signs up to job scheme for homeless

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Huddersfield based medical device manufacturer, Paxman, has become the latest employer to sign up to a job scheme matching business in the region with individuals that have experienced homelessness to get them back into paid employment. The firm - which has been pioneering scalp cooling technology for over a quarter of a century to support cancer patients and minimise hair loss during chemotherapy – has joined the Business Building Futures programme, founded by Cleckheaton based charity, The Howarth Foundation.

The charity’s Business Building futures programme works with people that have experienced chaotic lifestyles, rough sleeping, and homelessness to source suitable and secure employment opportunities to help them get back into employment and making a positive contribution to society.

Paxman has created a maintenance role ready to be filled by a suitable client through The Howarth Foundation. Richard Paxman, CEO at Paxman, said: “When we met with The Howarth Foundation earlier in the summer, not only were we very impressed and inspired by the work the charity does, but we were also blown away by Rachael’s own personal experience of homelessness. “Our senior leadership team agreed unanimously that creating a job role to support the Business Building Futures programme was an important thing to do and that we should go for it. “It is so important to give people opportunities in life, and if our business can do that for someone when they are most in need, we will get behind it without question.

“Work, friends, and colleagues and having sense of purpose are all so important to getting back on your feet starting a new life. I really hope we can do this for someone and more people in the future.” Rachael Hepworth, partnerships manager at The Howarth Foundation, said: “We are delighted and so grateful to the whole team at Paxman for getting behind the Business Building Futures programme. “The role they have so kindly created will help support one of our clients to take that all-important step back into employment and give them a second chance at life.” Since launching, the Howarth Foundation has helped secure employment for more than 30 people through its Business Building Futures programmes. Other business that are members include Kirklees Stadium Development Limited, Howard Civil Engineering, and Leeds United Football Club.

For more information about The Howarth Foundation’s Business Building Futures scheme, visit howarthfoundation.org or email rachael@howarthfoundation.org.

Issued on behalf of The Howarth Foundation by Alex Mason, PR consultant. For more information, please email alex@alexdmasonpr.com or call 07983 726 119.

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