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Mayor of Southwark congratulates former homeless trainees

MIMO trainees with the Mayor of Southwark
MIMO trainees with the Mayor of Southwark. From left; Roger Moone, Richard Robinson, Thomas Oldfield The Mayor of Southwark, Althea Smith, Braulio Rodrigues, Shian Watson and Thomas Hogan.

21 December 2012

The Mayor of Southwark, Althea Smith, awarded certificates earlier this week to six formerly homeless men who have all successfully completed a painting and decorating training course run by Thames Reach.

The presentation took place at Southwark Council’s Resource Centre on Westminster Bridge Road, home to a range of community groups, and which the trainees revamped as part of their training.

The course – Thames Reach’s Moving In Moving On – aims to boost people’s self-confidence and skills in a bid to help them find work, with the main criteria for participation being an experience of homelessness and a motivation to learn.

The Moving In Moving On course will be one of the services on offer in 2013 at the new Thames Reach Employment Academy opening in Camberwell.

Thames Reach director Bill Tidnam said: “We’re really happy that the Mayor could spare the time to meet trainees and award certificates. Moving In Moving On has developed a great relationship with Southwark Council, which means that trainees get real site experience and Southwark gets much needed work done”.

Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Althea Smith, said: “It’s lovely that these trainees have had the chance to give something back to the local community.

“I hope that they now get the chance to forge a career and successfully move forward with their lives.”