homeless man has been helped to find work thanks to an innovative partnership
between Thames Reach and L&Q.
Adrian, who had
been sleeping rough in parks across Lambeth before being housed late last year,
was assisted by the Jumpstart employment support service that has been set up
at Thames Reach to help L&Q residents living in supported accommodation.
Eager to find
work, Adrian enrolled on the Jumpstart project and the support worker immediately
put in a successful application to the Thames Reach Hard to Reach Fund for a
bike, helmet, lights and a lock – within 24 hours he had not only passed a job
interview but successfully completed his first shift delivering takeaway meals
“I used to run a support service helping youngsters, but when that fell
through, I ended up homeless and sofa surfing, struggling with depression and
before long I was sleeping out in parks.
housed and working hard to support myself, and I recently got a second job with
Uber. I wanted to thank my support worker Denise who helped me get my life back
Vilanou, the Jumpstart support worker, said: “On meeting Adrian I was struck by
his motivation and eagerness to be independent of benefits and to turn his life
“He is a
self-starter and the only obstacle preventing him from finding work were the
tools to carry this out.
“I am very
grateful to the Guinness Partnership and the Hard to Reach Fund, which enables
us to help the people using our service to achieve their goals.”
Hard to Reach Fund was set up recently to help formerly homeless people
purchase items that will help them move away from a street lifestyle and get
their lives back on track.
is funded by the Guinness Partnership, one of the biggest providers of affordable
housing and care in England, who donated £250,000.