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Thames Water volunteers transform garden
Thames Water staff recently spent a day transforming the garden at the Thames Reach Lambeth High Street project.
New Employment Academy cafe set to benefit community
A new cafe offering job opportunities to disadvantaged members of the local community is opening up at the Thames Reach Employment Academy in Camberwell.
Thames Reach's Christmas appeal film
Thames Reach has launched its Christmas appeal with a film showing how important relationships with pets can be for many formerly homeless people.
Lifechanging awards night
A ceremony in central London last night awarded 25 formerly homeless people with grants of up to £500 each, to help them get their lives back on track.
Rough sleeping initiative wins policing prize
An initiative to help rough sleepers in the London Borough of Newham was a winner at last weeks London Problem Orientated Partnership Awards 2015.
Deal to transform housing options for vulnerable people
Thames Reach and housing association L&Q have agreed a groundbreaking deal to transform housing options for vulnerable people in Lambeth.
New Step Up service launches
A new service to help people currently in low paid jobs find new, better paid positions has been launched this week. Step Up, the Upwardly Mobile Network, is now live and registering new members online through the Employment Academy website.
Working Together For Thames Reach conference draws a big crowd
Over 250 people attended the Working Together for Thames Reach conference yesterday at the Clothworkers Hall in the City of London, the elegant base of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers.Thames Reach staff and volunteers were present, along with trustee board members, partners, and supporters, to celebrate the work done by all those involved with the organisation.
Job fair a success at the Employment Academy
The Thames Reach Employment Academy in Camberwell successfully hosted a job fair last week, with 175 people attending. The event brought together jobseekers with actively recruiting employers based within the London Borough of Southwark.
Innovative Project 'Highly Commended' at Lambeth awards ceremony
An innovative project offering psychological support to hostel residents was Highly Commended at a prestigious health and care awards ceremony in Lambeth last month.
Moving In Moving On expands as result of new funding
Thames Reachs painting and decorating training course for long term unemployed, homeless, and vulnerable men and women is expanding, and will be offering longer and more regular programmes throughout the year thanks to new funding from Heart of Experian, MariaMarina, and the Westminster Foundation.
Free film festival at the Employment Academy
A group of people using the services of Thames Reach have successfully produced a short film which is being shown at the Employment Academy as part of the Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival.
Helping people find work
A training course helping anyone looking to find and keep a job is set to start this week at the Thames Reach Employment Academy in Camberwell
Communities Minister Marcus Jones MP visited the Thames Reach Employment Academy in Camberwell this week to see services in action helping the long term unemployed and formerly homeless people find work.
London's rough sleeping figures
Figures released today show not only how many people are sleeping rough in London but the reasons why they have ended up on the streets and what is being done by services to help them escape homelessness.
Lambeths £1.9million mental health service boost
Mental health services in Lambeth are being completely reshaped thanks to collaboration between Lambeth council, health and voluntary sector organisations - with £1.9m being invested in the renewed push.
Tackling homelessness on Londons canal and river towpaths
Thames Reach has joined forces with the Canal & River Trust to help people sleeping rough on the capitals towpaths escape homelessness and engage with the services that can help them get their lives back on track.
Architectural award winner
The Thames Reach Employment Academy has won a series of awards and commendations in the 2015 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Awards which recognise the best buildings and architecture in the capital.
Adult Learners Week
Thames Reach is running a range of classes, workshops and training sessions to celebrate Adult Learners Week and the work of its Employment Academy in Camberwell.
Peer mentoring opportunities
Thames Reach is encouraging men and women with personal experience of homelessness and mental health issues to volunteer their time and help people get back into work.
Marathon spin class to raise money for homeless people
A Thames Reach supporter is taking part in a marathon six-hour spin class later this month to raise money for the charity.
Teeing off in aid of Londons homeless
Staff from leading financial services company UBS have raised over £500 in aid of Thames Reachs Greenhouse a centre providing free health care and housing advice for homeless people in Hackney.
Formerly homeless men and women celebrate completion of volunteering course
A group of formerly homeless men and women have successfully completed a volunteering course set up to help people develop new skills, build their self-confidence and take the first steps back into work.
Innovative diabetes project scoops prestigious awards
An innovative project helping people with diabetes in Lambeth and Southwark has scooped two prestigious awards in 2015.
New alliance in Lambeth set to transform the lives of people with mental health issues
A new alliance of organisations has come together in Lambeth to transform the lives of people with serious long-term mental health issues.
Ken Olisa appointed Her Majestys Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London
Thames Reach Chair Ken Olisa OBE has been chosen to represent the Queen in the capital when he becomes Her Majestys Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London.
Ministerial visit to the Living Well Network Hub
The new Living Well Network Hub home to a range of community based support services for people in Lambeth with mental health issues was visited by two Government ministers earlier this week.
New customer service and digital skills courses
A new accredited course that will help people develop their customer service skills is being launched at the Thames Reach Employment Academy.
Authentic Italian food in the heart of south London
Authentic Italian pizzas and pasta dishes are on offer in the heart of south London at the Sun Café which lies between Camberwell and Peckham.
Thames Reach service helps over 700 people on the path towards employment
A Thames Reach service has helped over 700 unemployed people to find work, take up training and volunteering opportunities and get employment advice.
Thames Reachs 2014 Christmas fundraising campaign, which focused on the story of former rough sleeper Jerry, has raised over £25,000.
Painting and decorating trainees get to work
A new group of trainees has joined Thames Reachs Moving in Moving on (MIMO) painting and decorating course run at the Employment Academy in Camberwell. The six-week course, established 15 years ago, helps men and women with a history of homelessness to develop new skills and build their self-confidence.
Improving access to digital technology for homeless people
A new piece of research has discovered how homeless people are using mobile phones, computers and the internet, and other forms of digital technology.
Getting ready for work
A group of 32 formerly homeless and marginalised people from the London boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich have graduated from the Work Ready Programme that helps people develop the skills and confidence needed to get back into work.
Apprenticeship and Traineeship graduation ceremony
A graduation ceremony was held last week at the Employment Academy for the 16 people who had successfully completed the 2014/15 Thames Reach Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programme.
Emergency measures as temperatures plummet
As temperatures plummet in the capital, emergency measures have been implemented to ensure that no homeless people die on the streets.
A life celebrated at fundraising event
A fundraising event at the Employment Academy in Camberwell today featured Thames Reach Chairman Ken Olisa unveiling a plaque in memory of his mother who died last year after a life of tireless campaigning for social justice.
Drinks industry ruling upholds complaint on damaging super-strength beers
The Portman Groups Independent Complaints Panel has upheld a complaint lodged by Thames Reach regarding the packaging and promotion of cans of super-strength lager by some of the biggest drinks companies in the UK.
Homeless charity backing for moves to tackle super-strength beer
Thames Reach has welcomed moves by Carlsberg UK, makers of Carlsberg Special Brew and Skol Super to sign up to the governments alcohol responsibility deal and to end the sale of super-strength beers with a dangerously high alcohol content and in large cans.
Online job search
The Online Job Search course has been relaunched to help people who are inexperienced in using computers to develop their IT skills and find work.
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