A new initiative hoped to take a fresh approach to tackling long-term unemployment is launching in Kingston, and organisers want help from local people and businesses.

Ezrah will run a 16-week programme focussed on raising employability by working with businesses, charities and the public sector.

Kyle Jones, who is leading the initiative, said: "Our vision is to work as one, so that everyone can work. Whatever the barriers may be, we are motivated to help individuals draw a line under their past and set their eyes on the future.

"Our unique approach brings community together to change lives."

The aim is to help adults struggling to find jobs get work experience in real businesses, with expert employability training with one-on-one coaching and support.

Director of Kingston Foodbank Paul Pickhaver MBE, who has been involved with Ezrah, said: "I’m delighted to be able to support this exciting new scheme – it’s led by a talented team with experience and a proven track record in delivering results.

"I want to encourage the whole community to get behind Ezrah. It is one of the most exciting projects I've had the opportunity to support."

There are three main ways that the community can support Ezrah: as a business providing work experience or employment opportunities; as a front-line service by referring clients who would benefit from this initiative; or as a partner through donations.

People can find out more by visiting ezrah.org.uk.