The service won the Community Impact Award for its partnership with CT Skills and the Job Centre.
The local Air ambulance service is flying high after winning a national award for a recruitment drive which secured jobs for unemployed people in Leicestershire.
The Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) triumphed at the national Charity Retail Awards, at Keele University.
The project meant the air ambulance’s Kegworth-based recycling team was able to recruit 20 new staff from across Leicestershire for door-to-door collections.
They linked up with Nottingham-based CT Skills – an organisation which helps young people into employment – and the Job Centre to launch the three month project.
They were inundated with applications and an intensive two week NVQ course in Retail Customer Service was arranged for the best 45 applicants.
The judges said they were impressed that the scheme got people out of unemployment in the local community and trained them.
The 25 candidates who weren’t lucky enough to get a job also learned new skills and gained a NVQ.
Justin Thompson, head of recycling, said:
[su_quote]Winning the award is a huge honour for us. The impact we have on communities with our life-saving services means a great deal to us. Because we receive no government funding we often rely on the kindness and generosity of the public in order to fund these services across the UK. To be recognised as putting back into the same communities through employment and positive environmental and social change through our recycling work is incredibly humbling and we would like to thank all of our supporters for helping us to achieve these aims.[/su_quote]
The DLRAA and its sister service the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance receive no government funding and rely entirely on public donations to keep their services in the sky and on the road.
Recycling is an important part of the charity’s fundraising operation. Some of the clothing items donated on the doorstep go on sale in its charity shops and others are sold on its behalf.
To donate goods call 01509 670989 and ask for a member of the recycling collections team.