We believe that every person should be able to fulfil their potential.
For young people, getting their first job can be extremely difficult if they don’t have the experience that is required. And how do you get the experience if no one wants to give you a job?
With our Junior Leadership Programme, we help young people get the experience and confidence they need to secure their first job – often within YMCA London South West.
We also work with young people who for some reason have to change their career because of physical or mental disabilities that leave them unable to follow certain career paths.
With our support, they can take up training and education and by doing so, change their lives around.
For a homeless person, getting a job or holding on to one, is equally challenging. We know that loosing one’s job is closely tied in with becoming homeless and we continually work to give our residents routes back into employment.
One such route into employment is the Life Skills Programme, which is a six-week course to help residents learn how to budget, cook and manage a tenancy. It also includes how to look for a job or training and to create a CV.
Other projects, like Volunteering for All, looks to empower homeless people within the Royal Borough of Kingston to turn their lives around by getting into volunteering.
The scheme aims to offer those who are statutory homeless and those currently living in temporary accommodation volunteering roles that reflect their interests, which in turn might lead to them securing a paid role and also to increased sustainability.