Growth Rings Are Connected To Roots

Growth Rings invited to speak at the QPR in the Community Trust employability programme

It’s no secret in the Growth Rings workshop that we were forged by conversations before 3pm and after 5pm on countless Saturdays experiencing the highs and lows of supporting our beloved Queens Park Rangers. So it was with tremendous pride and great honour that we were invited to speak to ARMED Forces veterans taking part in a QPR in the Community Trust employability programme in collaboration with Arsenal FC; yesterday, August 25.

The programme – a partnership between QPR in the Community Trust and the Royal British Legion – is designed to provide the individual support required to enable ex-servicemen and women to integrate back into civilian life. It involves CV writing, interview workshops and work experience, as well as advice on accessing benefits, arranging housing and using QPR’s links in the local business community to identify job opportunities. QPR in the Community Trust’s Education and Employability Officer, Jack Kelley, told

“The Trust feels passionately about doing our bit for the local armed forces community…many of the participants bear the hidden wounds sustained on the battlefield after fighting for our country, and much of the programme is focused on providing the emotional support required to move forward from this. We have good links with local employers in a range of industries, and we have used these in order to find work placements and, potentially, permanent jobs for those who took part.”

We are proud to add that QPR in the Community Trust now has more than a good link to Kent. In fact, during our trip to Arsenal with QPR we met an RAF Veteran from Romney Marsh and are exploring opportunities to work alongside her. We look forward to working with Jack and QPR in the Community Trust and further strengthening our ties. After all, Growth Rings wouldn’t exist without that particular corner of West London.

Come on You R’s!

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