Homeless young people in The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea are set to receive support in gaining skills and employment. The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s City Living, Local Life Fund has awarded a grant to Evolve Housing + Support to run volunteer-led skills workshops in Beacon House, a local young person’s homelessness service. This service, based in the Courtfield ward, is home to 16 young people with high support needs and Evolve welcomes the grant as part of improving skill development opportunities.
‘We are thrilled to be able to launch this exciting series of skills workshops with the support of these funds,’ explained Joanna Urbanek, Team Manager at Beacon House. ‘We look forward to working with local volunteers to make a lasting difference tothe lives of young people who have experienced homelessness.’
“We are happy to support this exciting and vital initiative,” commented Councillor Quentin Marshall, on behalf of the Courtfield ward where the hostel is based, “Evolve’s Beacon House is an important part of our local community. Giving young people the skills they need to prosper and thrive is essential. We hope the grant from our City Living Local Life ward budget will make a real difference to sixteen important local residents”.
Evolve are now recruiting three talented local volunteers to lead two- three hour workshops with a focus on fashion, IT and art. Volunteers will work with small groups to provide focused and intensive support for young people. Workshops will take place once every three weeks, enabling young people to develop confidence and consolidate learning over a number of sessions, however volunteers who are able to deliver one-off skills sessions would also be very welcome. The workshops aim to increase confidence amongst young people, reduce levels of isolation and help connect the service with the local community.
An Open House event will be taking place on 23 May 2016 from 2-5pm to invite local community members to meet project staff and customers and find out more about the volunteer opportunities available.
Photo credit: Evelyn Owusu, a student social worker with artwork produced by a resident of Beacon House during workshop.