Richmond charity nears appeal target – but still hoping for final push

Just the Job users and staff celebrate ground being broken at the site of the charity’s new base.

Richmond charity Just the Job has broken ground on the site of its new base following the success of a winter appeal to raise £50,000 which will unlock a further £50,000 in match funding.

The double donation appeal has already reached £40,000, with the charity hoping it can raise the final £10,000 in coming weeks.

The charity launched the Green Build fundraising campaign in 2019 to raise the £600,0000 needed to build a new base.

Just the Job Environmental Enterprise helps adults with disabilities to achieve their potential by doing work in the community.

The match funding for the winter appeal will be provided by the Earl of Ronaldshay, from Zetland Estates, who has already agreed to provide the land for the new, state-of-the art eco-building near the charity’s existing base on the Gallowfields Trading Estate in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

Just the Job manager Steve Biggs said they broke ground last week on the site and had created a track and parking area.

“We have had a fantastic response to our double donation appeal and have reached an amazing £40,000.

“It would be great to get to the £50,000 target and be able to start phase one of the Big Green Build.

“Donations of any size make a difference to getting that last £10,000 so please help if you can.

“Everyone is getting very excited to think our dream is coming true. It will make such a huge difference to the work we do and be able to help so many more people. We’ve got a track in ready for the diggers.”

Steve said the charity had outgrown its current building, with, for example, team members having to eat lunch right next to the log splitter and garden machinery in the garage.

The charity says many of the team members find some situations stressful and need a quiet room to escape to that’s peaceful and calming, currently the only quiet space is the office.

The timber frame design incorporates modern green technology with more traditional methods, including straw bale insulation, and aims to be one of the most eco-friendly buildings in the region.

Chairman of Richmondshire District Council and veteran Richmond councillor Clive World said the funding donated to the Just the Job project was a reflection of the “incredible” work carried out by the charity over many years.

Councillor World said: “It is a much-needed new facility for them to carry out their work. It’s not easy to get money at the moment, and a big thank-you should go to Lord Ronaldshay for match-funding for a very good cause.”

Meanwhile, fellow Richmond councillor said he has asked Northern Powergrid, which has been the focus of criticism in recent weeks over a lengthy closure of a section of the Darlington Road between Richmond and Scotch Corner to compensate the community by investing in Just the Job.

For more information on the match-funding initiative and the Big Green Build appeal, visit https://just-the-job.org.uk/  or https://localgiving.org/charity/justthejob/