Winter Night Shelter Jobs Club Review

By Sam Forsdike | May 26 2020

Winter Night Shelter Jobs Club Review

Blog Category: General updateBlog Tags: Community Business, Community Business, Community Business, Education, Education and Education

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    Jobs Club – a community teamwork initiative to help guests return to work 

    This season of the winter night shelter marks the sixth year of Jobs Club, the service that supports homeless people to reach their employability aims through one-to-one mentoring. Initially designed to help people who need to gain employment to access accommodation, Jobs Club enables pathways into education, training and volunteering. 

    Over the winter 36 guests joined our Jobs Club and completed 103 appointments. We are proud that 80% of those eligible and looking for work found employment. 

    This is also the second year we have run Jobs Club as a year-round service. This is in response to the enhanced need for this project. During the summer of 2019 there were 81 one-to-one appointments, for 29 members. 

    Jobs Club has developed into a real community project, bringing together people from our local community, who dedicate their time to helping the homeless.  

    Our volunteer mentors are from local businesses, who are always keen to make the effort to look for potential vacancies at their companies for their mentees. We really enjoyed working with the amazing volunteers coming from Wellcome Trust, Santander, Skanska, Regent’s Place Community Fund, London Business School, Network Rail, Smart Energy, Ted Baker, University College London and Costain. 

    Regent’s Place Community Fund has not only supported Jobs Club with funding over the years, but has helped introduce us to other local businesses, as well as linking us up with projects similar to ours. 

    Our Jobs Club members often lack essential equipment for job seeking. We are very pleased to be able to donate refurbished laptops from Social Box. A similarly vital need is having a bank account, which is difficult to obtain when you have no fixed address. We were delighted to have this service provided by Lloyds Bank. 

    We are proud to be able to refer candidates to local employers, such as St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, or work closely with local job agencies like Kings Cross Recruitment. 

    Ted Baker and Jones Knowles Ritchie are both global companies based in Camden. As well as supporting us in many ways, two of our former guests are currently working in full time positions at Ted Baker. We have to thank JKR for our amazing tote bag design, as well as offering their expertise to our Steering Group by hosting a meeting at their offices.  

    A really important step in securing a job is to attend an interview. Often overlooked, this is something people need to prepare for. With the help of IPG Mediabrands we were able to offer mock interview sessions to our Jobs Club members, allowing them to practise and hone their skills for the real thing. 

    Stepping Stones 

    This year we designed a new work-placement/volunteering project called Stepping Stones, that sadly had to be paused due to the outbreak of the pandemic. It is based on a simple idea: many companies based in Camden would like to help people get back to work by offering placements, something we’ve found to be a crucial step towards getting into employment. Our idea was to pair up our expertise on how to best support vulnerable people while they are at placements, with the offers of these companies as they seem to be a perfect match. 

    Stepping Stones is designed to be a bridging programme for guests at Jobs Club who are not yet ready for or able to take on full time employment, but can access structured work experience placements to get vital on-the-job experience, understand more about what is required to enter the workplace and learn more about different industries and opportunities. 

    Statistics 2019 – 2020 

     

    Number of interviews attended 
    20 

    Number of job applications made 
    47 

    Courses completed 
    8 

    Enrolled to college 
    1 

    Apprenticeships completed 
    1 

    Number of CVs made 
    24 

    Number of people used our interview wardrobe 
    20 

    Volunteering roles 
    5 

    Number of people received travel support  
    15 

    Help with opening a bank account 
    3 

    Number of people received IT Equipment 
    10 

    Number of people received phones 
    3 

    Equipment for work 
    2 

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Sam Forsdike