Mike Monks

Photography - Video - Film


The founder of the charity has been unemployed for over two years and has applied unsuccessfully for over 300 jobs so gaining an understanding of the problem of unemployment.


The initiative behind the charity is based on his personal experience of seeking gainful employment through his interaction with civil servants, job agencies and directly with potential employers. Following a four week placement on a ‘Mandatory Work Activity" he decided to set up the ‘Fair Work {workfair} Fair Pay’ charity because he thought it unfair that some Government ‘workfare’ schemes should financially benefit the employer with little or no financial return to the person mandated to undertake the activity who may be under threat of sanctions (loss of benefit/s) if they fail to start the placement or fail to complete the placement.

The charity intends to supplement the work of existing charities such as ‘The Trussell Trust Food Bank’ and ‘Christians Against Poverty’ of which he has first hand experience of their Christian love, help and care. The initiative behind the charity is working for him and he may soon again be gainfully self-employed and will stop claiming state benefits.

‘If it works for him it will work for others.’

The mission of the charity is to help the unemployed claiming state benefits into gainful employment and so help relieve poverty and restore dignity. Those who find employment or create new employment opportunities will benefit financially and spiritually becoming good role models to their families, friends and neighbours. We plan to do this through a growing network of local church based centres and in such a way that people can experience and respond to the love of God.

'Helping the unemployed claiming state benefits into gainful employment'

This charity empowers those who want to stop claiming benefits by finding or creating gainful employment in the first instance by actively seeking voluntary work from and for their neighbours. These neighbours may choose to make a financial donation to the charity and any donations would be used to support the volunteers in practical ways. Volunteers may continue to claim state benefits until they have found or established gainful employment at which time they may stop claiming benefits. By achieving sustainable gainful employment the vices and associated financial demands linked with unemployment may be reduced. The volunteers and those finding employment will gain self-esteem with the opportunity to contribute positively both socially and financially within society. The work of the charity and its volunteers is based on the Christian principle ‘Love God and love your neighbours as you wish to be loved your self.’ We pray that a growth in Christian values will result from volunteers interacting with their neighbours within diverse communities first locally and then nationally.

About Mike Monks

Mike Monks worked at BBC Television Centre, London and BBC’s Ealing Film Studios. His Worldwide location and studio work covers a broad spectrum of programmes for many clients. His charity is ‘The Fair Work Fair Pay Foundation’.


Mike's photography chronicles impressionable scenes in the style of real life reportage in three catergories, Nature, Man Made, People.

Mike's Video DVD’s include ‘Discover Pastel Painting with Graham Oliver’, ‘Salisbury Cathedral’s The Way of the Cross 2010’ and ‘Memories of Salisbury’.

Fair Work Fair Pay

Mike's charity, a foundation that addresses the problem of unemployment that results in the need for the unemployed to claim state benefits.

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