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Thames Reach service helps over 700 people on the path towards employment

Dennis Johnson and Mercedes
Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) volunteer Dennis Johnson (left) is pictured with Mercedes, who uses the service.

06 March 2015

A Thames Reach service has helped over 700 unemployed people to find work, take up training and volunteering opportunities and get employment advice.

The Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) project – based at the Thames Reach Employment Academy in Camberwell – has been running since 2013. It is open to long-term unemployed people living in Lambeth and Southwark and those using Thames Reach’s services across London.

Over 150 people have gained employment through the service, with 50 moving on to University or college courses and 40 finding volunteer placements. 

Wonde Mosie, Thames Reach’s IAG Project co-ordinator, said: “We get referrals from the Job Centre, hostels, day centres, partner organisations and people can also drop-in to get help.

“When clients arrive they can expect a warm welcome from a member of the team who will conduct an initial assessment. They will then have access to the computers and help with finding work.”

The IAG team supports people with job interview preparation and techniques, updating their CV’s, opening email accounts, filling in application forms and making referrals, along with helping clients to get support from other organisations.

IAG volunteer Dennis Johnson said: “I think the key word is empowerment. If I can show somebody how to do something and they learn to do it themselves, I feel I have made progress with that client who can move on and fly the nest and operate independently.”

Anyone wishing to access the IAG service is free to drop in between 10am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday.