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Finchale Group’s new era will help hundreds more facing life challenges

ByDave Stopher

Jun 6, 2018

A NEW home and strategy for Finchale Group will provide support for hundreds more people in the North East fighting a turbulent mix of issues including debt, addiction, and poor mental health.

County Durham-based Finchale Group – which provides one-to-one help for people facing major barriers to employment – is relocating to purpose-built premises that boast new training facilities, a drop-in centre and office space.

And the team has also invested in a revitalised brand and a future-proofed strategy that means it is ready to deliver expert help to even more people in the region. 

Mel Pears, chief executive officer of Finchale Group, explained: “Finchale Group is stronger than ever thanks to our relocation and repositioning.

“With this foundation we’re now ready to reach more people across the North East – delivering one-to-one support in their homes and communities.

“Our team is building on more than 75 years of expertise by developing new ways to help people, and their families, who are facing a complex mix of issues.

“We’re implementing new services to support people who have served in our armed forces and their dependants, ex-offenders and other disadvantaged groups.”

Later this year Finchale Group will move from its existing Pity Me headquarters to the new purpose-built premises at Belmont Business Park – placing it at the heart of the community it serves.

Through its network of case managers who live and work in the region it delivers tailored support including help with work skills, job searches, managing mental health issues, managing debt and finding stable housing.

Mel added: “Our new home is being created with training suites, a drop-in centre, and easily accessible office space that will enhance our clients’ experiences and make us fit for growth.

“We’re incredibly proud of the work we do for people in the North East and now our ambition is to expand that work even further.

“Finchale Group’s case managers know the experiences of one person can have an impact on the entire family, and that’s why we offer wrap-around support with this in mind.”

Clients of Finchale Group are helped to conquer anxiety and confidence issues, and to establish purpose and direction, self-belief and confidence to overcome barriers to employment.

In fact 55 per cent of clients secure stable jobs at the end of their journey with the Finchale Group.

The new premises will be named Richard Annand VC House after North East WW2 hero Captain Annand who was awarded the Victoria Cross for an extraordinary act of heroism in May 1940.

The build will be overseen by property developers Mandale Group.

Mandale’s estates director Joe Darragh said: “Mandale is incredibly proud to be part of this hugely significant project. Richard Annand VC House will be a truly first class facility for those who most need and deserve support.

“The high-quality build and bespoke fit-out will be the result of many months of planning between ourselves and Finchale Group.

“As local property experts, Mandale has been involved in larger-scale projects but this will be one of the most prestigious we’ve been involved in due to the building’s future use. It’s a privilege to be part of it.”