Julian House supports and empowers homeless and socially excluded people to build sustainable, independent lives. They help people regain control over their lives, to develop their skills and resilience and rebuild a future for themselves and their families after homelessness, prison, addiction, hospital, domestic abuse and long-term unemployment. They also provide accommodation and work experience opportunities which improve people’s life choices and chances
St John’s funding support, has enabled them to appoint a part-time specialist Employment Support Worker at their Bike Workshop social enterprise. This person will
facilitate a rolling programme of weekly cycle maintenance courses, held over a six week period and designed to help clients learn a new skill, try something new, build their self-confidence and gain a sense of achievement. It will also serve to improve their work-related skills, confidence and progress towards employment. This project alone is supporting around 40 people a year.
Graduates of the six week course then have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement. Clients also receive job coaching, information and advice on a wide range of matters such as overcoming barriers to employment, benefits, searching and applying for jobs, interview techniques, and CV writing, as well as budgeting, in order to support their transition into employment.
Helen Bedser, Business Development Director at Julian House explains, “Access to employment is the most sustainable route out of homelessness and social exclusion. If this project didn’t exist, clients would face severe difficulties accessing mainstream employment services in an incredibly competitive labour market. The project is having a fantastic impact on clients”.
“I was struggling to get out of the house before I was referred to Dionne. She has been great, sending me reminders and helping to keep me motivated when I am feeling low.”