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RUCST gain grant from UK Steel

21 January 2014

New grant for Job Club venture...

The Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) has been awarded a grant of £1,440 from Steel Enterprise so it can carry on running its Job Club. The Job Club is a programme that acts as a drop in session which allows members of the public to gain advice on CV writing and interview tips, in order to help them find employment. 
The Job Club ran a 20 week pilot programme in partnership with The Job Centre Plus which proved a huge success in 2013. The programme managed to help seven people gain jobs, four people go into higher education and a further two people gain volunteering experience. 
Zanib Rasool MBE is the Community Project Manager for the Trust and says the grant from UK Steel Enterprise is essential if the project is to continue. “We have had great success over the summer with most of the people coming to us now in either full or part time employment. Basically if we did not have the grant from UK Steel we could not pay our tutor and even though we have used volunteers before we can’t carry on like that, so it’s great that we now have the funds to carry on making a difference in Rotherham,” says Zanib Rasool.

Keith Williams is Regional Manager for UK Steel Enterprise and says that RUCST fits perfectly with UK Steel Enterprise’s social corporate responsibility ethics. “We are committed to supporting community organisations that help people get into employment and this project has proved quite clearly that it can do that and that there is a demand for its services. It was be a shame to see a successful project like this close, which is why we are delighted to be able to support it, says Keith Williams

UK Steel Enterprise is a subsidiary of Tata Steel that invests in growing businesses within the south Yorkshire area. It also supports community based organisations and helps them to make a positive difference within communities that have been affected by the changes to the UK’s steel industry. UK Steel Enterprises is strongly linked to projects involved in economic regeneration and community support through its funds that are managed by South Yorkshire Community Foundation (SYCF). 

The Rotherham United Community Sports Fund was set up in 1988 as a football in the community group. It has since developed into a trust and a Ltd company. The trust does a lot of work within the community such as running reading programmes, summer activities and community events with the aim of promoting the benefits of social inclusion, community cohesion and skills development. 

“The Rotherham United Community Sports Trust continues to produce beneficial activities for the community in Rotherham, particularly with disadvantaged individuals and groups. This job club is just another aspect of their excellent work which connects with people through football,” says Sue Wragg, Fund Manager for SYCF.

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust will use the grant from UK Steel Enterprise to allow it to continue helping members of the community find jobs, gain work experience or get onto higher education courses. The grant given will help the trust to fund the cost of a tutor to run ‘the job club’ at the New York stadium for a further 14 weeks until alternative funding is found. The 20 week pilot programme proved to be a huge success, the grant from UK Steel Enterprise will help to ensure that the success of the pilot programme is continued. 

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