year ago, Peter was sleeping rough – now he is not only housed but he has just
been offered a job.
got the job as a labourer after a six-week stint of work experience with Tideway,
the company building London’s new ‘super sewer’, the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
He had been put forward for the work
experience by staff at Thames Reach’s Employment Academy in Camberwell which is helping unemployed and economically disadvantaged people
find jobs in the capital.
followed the hard-working Peter’s successful participation in its Moving In
Moving On painting and decorating training scheme.
had been referred to the Employment Academy by Diana Bejarano, an assistant
support worker at Thames Reach’s Spectrum Centre in Camden, where he had sought
support during a three-month spell of sleeping rough. Diana helped him firstly
find temporary accommodation and then a room of his own in a shared house in
the private rented sector.
people off the streets is vital for their well-being but Thames Reach staff also
recognise the importance of employment in helping people move away from the
shadow cast by homelessness. Finding work helps people increase their income,
reduces reliance on welfare benefits and improves their self-esteem, health and
is delighted to have found work. When he was sleeping rough he was anxious and
depressed but now he feels optimistic about his future. “I was down. No home
and no job but now I have a roof over my head and I’m about to start work
worked for 42 years and have always had a job but when I ended up on the
streets I had nothing. I’m thrilled and over the moon to get this opportunity.”
Townsend, an assistant support worker at the Employment Academy and who put
Peter forward for the work experience was thrilled too. “It’s great Tideway
have offered him a job and he’s deserved it through his own hard work.
aim is to help people develop their skills and have a better chance of finding
employment – it’s very uplifting to see Peter seize his opportunity.”