Durham based charity Finchale has announced a raft of new appointments to support its ambitious growth plans in the North East. The independent charity, which was originally founded in 1943 as a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for service personnel returning from active service, provides health, training and employment opportunities for people excluded and isolated due to multiple disadvantages.

Three new appointments include Paul Lund who joins the business as a Quality and Compliance Manager from his previous position as Quality and Contracts at TDR Training, Natalie Wright who joins the business as a Case Manager bringing with her a wealth of experience from the recruitment sector and Gemma Pearson who joins the business as Operational Administrative Support.

Natalie said: “I’ve been at Finchale now for a couple of weeks and I’m really enjoying it. In some respects, it’s a complete change, having worked in the recruitment industry to joining a small third sector organisation, but it’s great and I’m already starting to meet with new clients and support them into work. I’m particularly pleased that I’m working for an organisation that helps, among others, veterans and people with disabilities because I firmly believe that these are the people who need more help.”

Commenting on the new appointments, Mel Pears MBE, CEO at Finchale said: “We’re delighted to welcome Paul, Natalie and Gemma to the team. These appointments represent our commitment and determination to build on decades of success transforming lives for the better.

Over the past year we have completely transformed the way we work and we are now creating a new vision for the future. We have exciting and ambitious plans and the new staff will be instrumental in enabling us to continue to expand our business and provide even more support to unemployed, disadvantaged, disabled and Veterans from throughout the North East who need our help. ”

Finchale offers a range of support in the following areas: personal and social skills, stable housing, family support, long term and mental health, managing Addictions, debt and personal finance. The charity offers a wide range of courses including: construction, customer service, e-courses, employability skills, functional skills, health and safety, health and wellbeing, management and HR, warehousing and distribution, workplace substance and alcohol misuse.

Finchale’s health to work programmes focus on real work and skills needed for employment – whether that is voluntary, part time or full time. Its health to work programmes help people to find suitable work that meets their skills in their home areas and fits their personal and family needs.

To find out more about Finchale visit the website www.finchale.org