Over the last twelve months, The Wallich has run two successful partnership projects with the Dept. for Work and Pensions in Swansea.
These pilot projects were funded by the DWP’s flexible support fund, set up specifically to support those who have experienced homelessness or those with an offending background to increase their employability through training, qualifications and tailored back-to-work support.
As well as issues such as having no postal address or funds to attend interviews, homeless people face issues such as loss of confidence or lack of recent experience when they try to find employment.
On Friday, we welcomed thirty service users and partners to an event which celebrated our Swansea projects’ successes:
- 52 people into work
- 56 people on work placements
- 64 volunteer placements completed
- 109 people on training courses
- 81 industry visits
At the event, participants collected certificates for their completion of the projects and many shared their personal journeys.
One of those participants, Robert, was referred for support in January 2015. Robert had been to prison over twenty five times and had been unemployed since 2003. Project staff initially supported him to undertake volunteering and training, allowing him to build experience and confidence in the workplace, as well a reference to use in future job applications. Robert then undertook his forklift license before being offered full time employment at the beginning of July 2015. He now works in a supervisory capacity and mentors others who are undertaking work placements at the company.