National Lottery grant improves outlook for Kettering jobless

Volunteers at the Kettering Centre for the Unemployed's new furniture store on Newland Steet with one of the tills paid for by a Lottery grant. Pictured are Carigun Bruce, Mark Wright and Tracy Deacon.
Volunteers at the Kettering Centre for the Unemployed's new furniture store on Newland Steet with one of the tills paid for by a Lottery grant. Pictured are Carigun Bruce, Mark Wright and Tracy Deacon.

A Kettering charity which offers training and help to people looking for work has been one of the beneficiaries of the National Lottery.

The Gold Street-based charity was set up three decades ago to provide practical and educational support to unwaged or low income homes in the Kettering area.

Since then, its operation has expanded so that the charity runs two successful charity shops, one each in Gold Street and Newland Street.

Earlier this year, KCU was given almost £7,000 by the National Lottery to help improve the shops for the benefit of the charity. Chief executive Paul Jackson said: “The money has been very useful in supporting us in running our charity shops.

“We have been able to pay for training courses for our volunteers in various areas, including things like health and safety.

“The money has also paid for new equipment in the shops like tills.

“It has been about generally improving and making the shops more professional, which should hopefully then have a knock-on effect for the amount of money they are able to earn for the charity.”

The grant was given to KCU in April this year.

KCU’s two charity shops sell different items.

The shop in Gold Street sells clothing and bric-a-brac while the Newland Street aims to stock items which would help low-income families set up a home.

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