Our Story

Bridging gaps and providing opportunities to benefit our community

Trades4Care is a community interest company (CIC) and will particularly work in health, social care, education and community venues and facilities as this provides a fantastic opportunity to bring young people at the start of their careers together with older or vulnerable people providing them with new and rewarding experiences, improved communication and social skills.

Trades4Care is a project dedicated to bridging the trade and maintenance gaps for health care, social care, the education sector, local community projects, charities and trusts.  Additionally we provide a dedicated home service for the vulnerable and elderly.

The construction industry is expected to grow 1.7% every year for the next 5 years and 2.6 million people are currently employed within the industry, 179,000 new construction jobs are set to be created by 2021 (CITB) therefore collaboration between the sectors requiring support (due to time, people, financial, regulatory or other challenges) quality tradespeople, education and motivated young people is crucial.

This is a collaborative project working closely with local colleges and organisations to provide an enhanced journey of opportunity for our young people, including work placements, life skills, coaching and mentorship, supported by strong supervision and suitably qualified, competent and vetted tradespeople.

Trades4Care have a passion to help young people reach their true potential whilst delivering a first class job.

From the Co-Founders

Deborah Jenkins

Deborah Jenkins is particularly interested in the development of partnerships to address complex problems.  Over the last thirty years she has held leadership positions in organisations ranging from tiny third sector projects to major healthcare providers and provided consultancy to many companies in the UK and abroad.  She was a founder of Common Purpose and a NED and Chair in the NHS for 24 years.  She is strongly committed to the North East, where she has been based since the mid eighties.  In addition to running her own consultancy, Kindling Ltd, she is currently CEO of TDI, a charity working to reduce the risk of sexual offending, and chairs two new companies delivering chidren’s services,  Together for Children in Sunderland, and Brighter Futures for Children in Reading. She also chairs NCFE, the UK’s third biggest qualifications awarding body; and the Northern Neonatal Clinical Network, and is a trustee of The North of England Civic Trust.  Deborah is honoured to be a Deputy Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear.  Deborah has pursued an interest for more than thirty years in the importance of manual skills for health, wealth and happiness, including running the Making Sense project in the 2000s.  Her long term ambition is to build a Guildhouse in the North East.

Andrew Coxon

I left school in 1981 without qualifications and know how difficult the transition from school to employment can be. It’s even more difficult now for the youngsters and disadvantaged than it was for me in the “olden days”. Being “employable” has many aspects and requires a lot of help, guidance and support. Knowing what you want to do or what you would be good at is not always clear and obvious, the doors are not always open. I care and want to try and help make a difference and help open doors for people where I’m able.

I come from a strong nursing family background (3 generations) and much of my professional life has been spent working in the NHS, financial services and the engineering construction sector predominantly in governance, training and learning roles, overseeing supervision and apprentice programmes. I have represented employers on various training boards. I understand  “the employers” and know from first hand experience the employment transition gaps to bridge to ensure the young people are set up for for success and reach full potential.

Trades4Care provide governance over pricing to ensure value for money, we provide opportunities for young people to develop skills under their supervision and provide colleges and organisations with a proactive work placement and life skills wrap-around service.

Charlie Wright

When my own mother fell ill with dementia I became increasingly committed to her care and helping older and more vulnerable people. At the same time coincidentally Andrew had also taken a year out to care for his ill parents. His father suffering from motor neurone disease and mother with late stage alzheimers. We found a common understanding of the importance of our elderly care needs and the great work that healthcare professionals do in looking after our families. They can be resource stretched at times so at Trades4Care we aim to bridge the gaps between the lack of tradesmen and help that is needed in the care and community sector.

Having worked in the health care sector over the past few years I’ve noticed that some young people in care could do with a helping hand in gaining work experience, basic life skills and functional skills. The same can apply to some students in colleges. Myself and Andrew are really passionate about helping young people reach there full potential whilst helping the local care and community sector. We both feel that through Trades4Care we can bring the young, elderly and vulnerable in our communities closer together by enjoying what we do and bringing fun and positivity to our work.