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AFC Bournemouth has donated more than £ 80,000 in training funds to healthcare groups in the South and South West this year, as the club continues to help small organizations develop and train their staff to support those hardest hit by the pandemic.

Working with Paragon Skills, the leading provider of apprenticeship training, the club funds training programs for five local charities and nursing homes to develop workers who may not be able to afford training..

The investment will help raise the visibility and profile of much needed apprenticeship training in the healthcare sector, providing opportunities and support to businesses in the region.

Funding has been provided out of the club Tax learning pot, and the Cherries have chose to use the money within the community.

The five organizations receiving funding are: Elmfield Care, Step One, The Nurture Den, Acorn Lodge and Drumconner.

State-of-the-art retirement home Elmfield Care is receiving £ 42,000 to fund additional qualifications for some of its 75 employees, resulting in better care and living conditions for their residents.

Meanwhile, Drumconner, a Westbourne-based residence, is awarded £ 8,000 to provide additional training for its staff.

Step One in Exeter (£ 9,000), The Nurture Den in Lymington (£ 8,000) and Acorn Lodge in Southbourne (£ 15,000) also received large donations for training purposes.

Neill Blake, Managing Director of AFC Bournemouth, told “We are a football club proud of the work we do within our community at large, and we are delighted to be able to use this funding to support these five amazing organizations.

“This giveaway will deliver tangible benefit not only to their employees, but also to those who use the services they provide. We are grateful for the support of local training provider Paragon to help identify these deserving beneficiaries.

Mark Botha, CEO of Paragon Skills, said: “The partnership with AFC Bournemouth has enabled Paragon Skills to support small and medium enterprises [SME] community, ensuring access to new talent and providing opportunities to succeed in the digital age, regardless of their origin.

“SMEs are the lifeblood of the local economy, and in partnership with AFC Bournemouth, we are committed to helping as much as possible not only recover from COVID-19, but adapt and thrive by preparing their workforce for the future. “

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