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Springboard into work for L&Q residents

2 August 2016

Hundreds of vulnerable people in supported accommodation across London are set to benefit from a new project helping them to find work.

Called Jumpstart, the three year project is thanks to a new partnership between homelessness charity, Thames Reach, and L&Q housing association.

It will tap into the expertise Thames Reach’s employment team has helping the long-term unemployed and homeless find work by offering advice, training, workshops and volunteering opportunities to 360 of L&Q’s supported housing residents.

The project will be run in the London boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich, Lambeth, Southwark, Wandsworth, Newham, Haringey, Hackney and Waltham Forest.

Jumpstart is being funded for the next three years thanks to a grant of more than £143,000 from the L&Q Foundation.

The aim is to provide a springboard into work for people whose support needs currently prevent them from engaging with existing employment services.

Peer advisor volunteer roles – involving people with similar experiences to those they are helping – will help strengthen the project and offer up valuable work experience opportunities.

L&Q run a range of employment and skills services, which help Londoners move into paid employment, including L&Q JobReady and L&Q Apprenticeships.

The combined results of L&Q’s employment support projects mean that the housing association has been helping at least one L&Q resident into work every working day for the last 18 months.

Matthew Bayliss, L&Q’s Community Investment Manager, said: “Teaming up with one of the UK’s leading homelessness charities, allows us to broaden the reach of the work we do. We are very proud to be guaranteeing funding for Jumpstart for the next three years.”

Sonia Bernard, L&Q’s Assistant Director Partnership & Support, said: “Thames Reach’s work with L&Q residents will help individuals who need it most to move towards employment and the security and independence it brings. We are looking forward to continuing to support our partner agencies’ work through the project and excited to see the impact that it will have for these residents.”

Chris Deacon, Thames Reach Area Manager for Employment and Resettlement, said: “Thames Reach is delighted to have been chosen to deliver Jumpstart. We have a specialist team with a great deal of experience of delivering employment services to a wide range of people for who traditional employment services have been ineffective.

“The support we will offer will include linking tenants into appropriate training courses and agreeing action plans which will be shared with their accommodation support workers.”

Jumpstart Neil and Denise
Thames Reach's Jumpstart support worker Denise (left) with L&Q resident Neil.