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Formerly homeless men and women celebrate completion of volunteering course

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The six successful participants of the Thames Reach Travel volunteering course celebrate at a graduation ceremony held at the Employment Academy in Camberwell.

16 April 2015

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.

Staff from the Thames Reach Travel volunteering scheme held a graduation ceremony this week at the Employment Academy in Camberwell for the six successful participants who all received a certificate and spoke about their experiences.

The Travel volunteering scheme is split into two main parts.

Firstly participants attend an eight week volunteering training course at the Employment Academy which covers issues such as professionalism, communication skills, teamwork, assertiveness and time management.

Secondly, participants spend two months volunteering two days a week at one of the many Thames Reach projects spread across London which provide services to homeless people.

Michael Hegarty, senior practitioner with Thames Reach’s Employment and Resettlement Team, said: “Travel provides a solid foundation for those who want to use volunteering as the first step towards employment and independence.”

To find out more details or to apply to take part in the Travel volunteering course, phone 0203 691 5111 or email erhelpdesk@thamesreach.org.uk.