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Ministerial praise for the Employment Academy

Minister with Thames Reach trainee Natsuba
Minister with Thames Reach trainee Natsuba

10 July 2015

The Homelessness minister Marcus Jones MP has praised the work of the Thames Reach Employment Academy for its role in helping people escape homelessness and find work.

Marcus Jones MP, Parliamentary under secretary of state for communities and local government, made the comments at the Homeless Link national conference held earlier this week in Leicestershire and follows a visit he made to the Employment Academy in Camberwell last month.

He said: “I look around this room, and I see individuals who day in and day out dedicate themselves to giving vulnerable people the help and support they need to become independent.

“For these people, the services that you provide really are a lifeline. Never forget that. It’s why you get out of bed in the morning.

“And I’ve already seen the impact these services have on helping people make the journey off the streets.

“Last month, I visited Thames Reach’s Employment Academy in Camberwell. It was fantastic to see first hand the inspiring work they do to help people out of homelessness and towards employment.

“There, I met a woman called Natsuba. It was her first day on Thames Reach’s painting and decorating course – Moving In, Moving On. For her, this was the first step towards a new career in interior design. But it was also an even bigger step up the ladder towards moving out of a hostel and into her own place.”