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Holly's Story

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Growing up in North West London, Holly was like every other girl. Then, just after her 15th birthday, everything changed when she found out she was pregnant. Although she managed to hide it for the first six months, her mother soon discovered her secret – and three months later, her daughter was born. Her happiness would be short lived, however, after the pair ended up confined to a Mother and Baby Unit due to her young age, while authorities attempted to find a solution to her situation. Eight months and 25 court battles later, Holly was released - a single mother with low confidence and no qualifications, unsure of how to build the life that she and her daughter so desperately needed.

Her salvation would come from her Job Centre support worker, who referred her to The Springboard Charity. She attended a recruitment day, and signed up for the Hospitality & Bar Tending Course (Diageo Learning for Life), able to see a future working in hospitality. She sailed through the course, and her confidence grew massively by the end of the programme. Not only was she able to face her fear of interviews and gain a work placement in Hendon Hall Hotel, but the hotel were so impressed with her that she was made permanent, and remained there for two years.

Now Holly has created a life that she’s proud of, providing the ideal role model for her daughter. She’s progressed up to Service Team Leader at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, and is no longer merely surviving – but truly living. Her future ambitions are to provide her daughter with everything she needs, and she one day dreams of opening her own hospitality establishment.

Springboard Announces Second Year of Partnership with Coople

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 Springboard strives to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds to find employment within the hospitality industry and continuously searches for fresh and innovative ways to let candidates gain valuable experience across a wide range of establishments.

With flexible work proving to be more popular than ever, Springboard is proud to announce its second year of partnership with Coople. As Europe’s largest on-demand staffing platform, Coople are perfectly placed to provide flexible work to our beneficiaries across some of the UK’s most recognised establishments.

Already actively supporting a number of our charitable activities, Coople provides placements for our IntoWork programmes, Diageo Learning for Life, Galvin’s Chance and Hospitality Futures – all of which offer young people career support as well as the chance to develop their skills.

About Coople

Coople connects companies with people looking for flexible work. Their platform has over 50,000 ‘Cooplers’ in London ready to work at a moment’s notice. With so many flexible staff available, they are able to make planning easier for businesses and help them deal effectively with peaks in demand.

From experienced bartenders and waiters, to event assistants and promoters, Coople allows businesses to create a pool of their favourite workers to recruit as and when they need them. Alternatively, businesses are also given the opportunity to hire ‘Cooplers’ on a full-time basis.

Coople recently announced USD 21 million worth of funding from One Peak Partners, Goldman Sachs Private Capital and Harbert European Growth Capital. The funding represents further investment in recruitment, as well as product and technology innovation. It will also support the company’s continued growth in the UK and Switzerland, ahead of further international expansion.

To date, Coople has raised USD 45 million from One Peak Partners, Goldman Sachs Private Capital, Rothschild Paris Orléans and angel investors.

In addition to the funding round, Coople announced the appointment of Viktor Calabrò, Coople’s Founder, as Executive Chairman with a focus on innovation and thought leadership. Rinaldo Olivari, previously Managing Director for the UK, was promoted to Group Chief Executive Officer, and Anthony Vaslin, previously Managing Director for Switzerland, was promoted to Group Chief Operating Officer.

For more information about Coople, visit: https://www.coople.com/uk/en/

Twitter: @CoopleUK
Tel: 0208 338 9333

Can your business help Springboard to raise vital funds?

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We have a number of exciting events and fundraising coming up over the coming months, which are the perfect opportunity to showcase your brand to the industry, and help the charity raise essential income to support our training programmes and educational initiatives.

The Springboard Charity helps people of all ages, who often experience extreme barriers to work, to gain meaningful and long-lasting employment within the hospitality industry. Income from auctions and raffles is absolutely vital to ensuring these life changing programmes can continue.

All prize donations will provide your company with fantastic logo recognition across a series of events, and help build your employer brand across the industry and beyond.

GOLD PRIZES
These are the ‘money can’t buy’ opportunities that are valued in excess of £1,000, and are typically used as main prizes in our most prestigious events - events which are often attended by high net-worth individuals. These could include:
• VIP sporting events, unique experiences (helicopter rides, etc) and VIP boxes
• Masterclasses, private-dining experiences and celebrity meets
• Luxury spa weekends and holidays

SILVER PRIZES
These are valued between £250 - £1000 and are typically used as silent auction prizes. These could include:
Event tickets and experience days
• Electrical goods, gift packages, wine tastings and hotel stays
• Memorabilia and unique items

BRONZE PRIZES
These are valued up to £250 and are typically used for prize draws and raffles. These could include:
• Toiletries and gift vouchers
• Smaller electrical items (hair dryers)
• Homeware (cutlery, glassware)
• Hampers

To find out how you can donate a gift, and give your brand exposure across the industry, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7921 0420.