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The Employment Academy welcomes its first volunteer

CJ and Iunus
C-Jae (left) and Iunus are the friendly faces of the Employment Academy reception

04 January 2013

Thames Reach’s Employment Academy welcomes Caylan-Jae, our first full-time volunteer who is working in a customer service role on the new reception area of the building.

Caylan-Jae, or C-Jae as he is known to friends and colleagues, is a former user of Thames Reach’s Lewisham Reach services and it was his key worker at Lewisham Reach, Jennifer Nelson, who recommended C-Jae get involved in volunteering after he expressed an interest in getting back into work.

After he became homeless just over a year ago, C-Jae has been helped into his own flat by the team from Lewisham Reach. He then got in touch with Thames Reach’s Employment and Resettlement team where he completed the Skill Seekers course that helps people develop the practical skills and develop the confidence to get ready for work.

C-Jae said: “I really want to give something back to Thames Reach after all the help and support they’ve given me over the last year.

“I’m enjoying working at the Employment Academy. Everyone has been very welcoming and I really feel like part of the team. I’m looking forward to hopefully being around for a while and seeing the place develop.”