Jan with J.Davies at PSGroup

Direct Marketing specialists PS Group have launched an innovative scheme in collaboration with The Wallich as they trial a unique recruitment day for people who have experienced homelessness.

Rugby legend Jonathan Davies spoke at the launch event.

Through their commercial activity, PS Group aims to put something back into society through charitable donations or events that help people develop their skills. They have teamed up with The Wallich homelessness charity to trial ‘On The Up’, a mentoring and employment scheme designed to overcome the barriers to employment faced by homeless and formerly homeless people.

PS Group will offer taster days and placements alongside mentorship and development, enabling people to find out if working in a call centre environment could be for them. They will then offer employment to anyone interested and, working in partnership with The Wallich, will ensure they get the correct support and encouragement to enable them to succeed.

The Wallich supports over 4,000 people a year to gain the accommodation and support needed to live safer, happier, more independent lives and to become part of their communities.

Almost 70% of the people The Wallich supports have had a job in the last two years. Most are desperate to continue working or to get back into work but those who have experienced homelessness can face barriers such as gaps in experience, low self-esteem, vulnerability and stereotyping by employers when getting back into work.

Jan Balsdon from The Wallich explains;

“Losing your home doesn’t mean you lose your skills. We have lots of people with incredible talents and experience to share and we can prepare them as much as we can for work – but without businesses like PS group, the opportunities just wouldn’t be there. That’s why this scheme is so important”.

Jonathan Davies talked to the staff from PS Group and visitors from The Wallich about his background – growing up in a Council Estate in West Wales and the challenges he faced as a teenager;

“At the age of 16 I was offered an apprenticeship and I was so grateful for the opportunity. It’s a very daunting experience coming into any new environment but they are a warm, engaging workforce here. I know the value of having friends and good team-mates and how this can help you succeed and that certainly seems to be the case here”.

Both PS Group and The Wallich hope that this could be the start of a truly unique and beneficial partnership for all parties involved.

Wayne Phillips, Director of PS Group said:

“Wanting to work is the most important thing. As far as PS Group is concerned, if you want to work there are no barriers to you succeeding. Giving people this opportunity is surely a good idea for the whole country, as well as those involved. We are proud and honoured to help in any way we can”.

PS Group cemented their commitment to supporting The Wallich by announcing that they would be donating £10,000 to the charity’s Nightshelter in Cardiff, which faced closure at the end of last year due to Council Cuts.