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The Barclays Foundation in Spain has renewed its partnership with the charity Ramón Rey Ardid Foundation and the Zaragoza City Council.

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Reaching over 60 per cent of success in finding sustainable jobs proves that working with experienced partners as Fundación Rey Ardid and with Zaragoza City Council, with the best knowledge on local needs, is the most efficient way to help disadvantage people.
Evelio Acevedo, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Barclays Spain

The Barclays Foundation in Spain has renewed its partnership with the charity Ramón Rey Ardid Foundation and the Zaragoza City Council.

The partners are jointly delivering the Formactiva programme to provide disadvantaged people with training on employment skills, including courses on customer service, catering, facilities cleaning, garden maintenance, care for the elderly and disabled people, and basic computing.

As part of the initiative, the Barclays Foundation Spain has donated €115,000 (more than £97,400).

In addition, colleagues from Barclays Spain have volunteered to organise workshops on financial inclusion and money management.

Those participating in Formactiva include disabled and homeless people, disadvantaged women and young people, and immigrants experiencing difficulties integrating into society.

More than 150 people have taken part so far, of which 92 have found jobs. A total of 450 people are expected to benefit from the initiative.

As part of renewing the partnership, the Barclays Foundation in Spain will invest an additional €85,000 (approximately £72,000) in the project.

Evelio Acevedo, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Barclays Spain, said: “Reaching over 60 per cent of success in finding sustainable jobs proves that working with experienced partners as Fundación Rey Ardid and with Zaragoza City Council, with the best knowledge on local needs, is the most efficient way to help disadvantage people.”

Fernando Albir, Regional Director of Aragón 1, Barclays Spain, added: “However, the project would not be as successful as it is without the help of the Barclays volunteers in Zaragoza.”

Rosaura Araújo, one of the beneficiaries who took part in the course on caring for elderly people, has found a job and said: “The course I attended has taught me not only the special equipment needed to take care of old people, but also, the most important thing, how to treat them with the love and the kindness they need.”

The initiative is part of Banking on Brighter Futures, Barclays flagship community investment programme which focuses on improving entrepreneurial and work skills and enhancing financial inclusion in marginalised communities worldwide.

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