Northern Rights was started in 2012 by Katherine Murray and Dawn Brown, who set up the business specifically to help disadvantaged people facing physical, social or mental health issues that had prevented them from entering or remaining in the market. work, as they felt that the existing models were not fit for purpose.
Originally based in East Durham, Dawn and Katherine invested their own personal savings and started with just one member of staff – but now employ 63 people and plan to recruit at least 10 more in 2022.
Katherine said: “The growth of our organization has been significant, but what is even more gratifying is when we hear about the people we have helped over the years who, through the support they have received of Northern Rights, are now safe. a job, in jobs they really enjoy but never thought possible.
Dawn Brown added: “We have all worked extremely hard to succeed in the welfare-to-work sector dominated by the financial power of national and multinational corporations.
“Thanks to our localized model, which has been developed by people with a real understanding of our local communities, we can deliver appropriate levels of support to those who need it most.
Northern Rights now have offices in Peterlee, Sunderland and South Shields, and offer individual and group support in areas such as improving basic skills, CV building, confidence building and skills training maintenance.
Northern Rights also works with a number of leading organizations including Gentoo, Department for Work and Pensions, METEC, DXC, South Tyneside Homes and local authorities in Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.
Katherine added: “Having accomplished so much in our first 10 years, our mission now is to be recognized as the best workplace welfare organization in the North East and the one people want to work with because they know that we will improve their chances in life.
“We love what we do and know we are making a real difference to the people who walk through our doors.”