Growing Points was established in 2013 by our Chair of Trustees, Dick Stockford. Upon retirement from the Civil Service, he made it his plan to support asylum seekers and refugees dispersed to Huddersfield by the Home Office. While in Huddersfield, Dick joined local service providers, helping refugees and asylum seekers with housing issues, opening bank accounts, registration with the NHS and bills.
Upon realizing that many of the refugees and asylum seekers had extensive work experiences in their home countries and were ambitious of succeeding in the UK, he decided to establish Growing Points. Initially Dick was using his personal contacts to arrange shadowing and work opportunities but with the number of referrals growing, he decided to involve more volunteer guardians and other referral agencies.
It is a great way of giving people a hand up to some valuable introductions they would find hard to get in any other way. We have also developed two new programmes to help some specific requirements, Hidden Talents, (recruiting apprentice nurses) and Flourishing Families (establishing local entrepreneurs). Our commitment remains to only accepting referrals from other organizations so that we can focus on moving on moving service users on to their ambitions and working one-to-one.
We are a national organization and receive no funding from Government, but are ambitious to help 2000 people a year across 20 communities across England in the future.