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Recent Work Ready Programme helps homeless men and women

7 April 2017

 

Work Ready Programme 2017
A participant on the most recent Work Ready Programme

The most recent Thames Reach Work Ready Programme helped 24 rough sleepers and homeless day centre users by providing a range of activities developed to help people get back into work.


The Work Ready Programme consisted of a six-day course, including a team building weekend at an activities centre in the Chilterns held in late March.


This was followed by workshops at training rooms in St Pancras Hospital – delivered by volunteers from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company – on CV writing, interview skills, IT and budgeting.


There were also opportunities to gain qualifications in first aid, food hygiene, and health and safety, and to visit the offices of McKinsey & Company and supermarket chain Waitrose.


Participants included rough sleepers being helped by Thames Reach’s outreach services and homeless people using the Camden Spectrum day centre.


The week was rounded off by a graduation ceremony attended by 16 of the participants.


The Work Ready Programme was established in 2013 through a partnership between Thames Reach and McKinsey & Company and volunteers from a range of organisations have helped to deliver it including Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, KPMG and Tideway.


Rosie Crawley, the Thames Reach lead worker who runs the Work Ready Programme, said: “Despite the enormous challenges all the participants faced outside of the programme, they showed incredible commitment and enthusiasm. Throughout the week we saw a change in people as they started to gain confidence and bond as a group.


“The volunteers found the experience very moving and gained a new perspective on homelessness, which will leave a lasting impact.”


Deborah Joseph, volunteer leader from McKinsey & Company, said: “More than forty colleagues from McKinsey volunteered to lead this Work Ready Programme and will be mentoring graduates going forward.


“Our volunteers get a huge amount out of the experience, both personally and professionally – learning a great deal from the participants we work with. It's a real privilege for us to have this opportunity and we look forward to following our graduates’ success!”


The next Work Ready Programme is beginning in June and will be for former rough sleepers now housed in their own flats and being supported by Thames Reach’s Tenancy Sustainment Team.