We empower people living in our services to develop key areas and skills they need and want to work on, before moving on to independent living in the community.
Customers living in our services may have one or more barriers to formal learning or paid work which prevents them from achieving their goals. Experiencing homelessness can result in poor mental or physical health, poor educational attainment, low confidence and self esteem, and limited links to friends, family and the wider community.
We are ambitious and optimistic when it comes to improving the life chances of people with experience of homelessness because we believe that everyone has abilities and talents that can contribute to society.
Our Work + Learning programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. We are passionate about providing the resources for customers to explore and develop their interests and skills and become experts in managing their own lives. The programme aims to increase confidence and motivation, improve health and wellbeing, enhance independent living skills, improve employability skills, and enable customers to access education, training and employment.
Activities, workshops, and courses are available to all customers living in our services across the London Boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, and Lambeth, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Customers, volunteers, staff, and partner organisations design and co-deliver activities, workshops, and courses to meet different learning styles and levels of support needs and participation; we also deliver Business in the Community’s Ready for Work programme, which provides direct employment opportunities for customers with over 130 businesses. There is a range of formal and informal opportunities, some of which are accredited. For more information on the range of opportunities available see the programme booklet.