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Helping the Homeless into Employment

Unemployment, and the barriers towards being employed, are a major stumbling block when it comes to fighting homelessness. This is something which the homeless have to deal with constantly, not just due to the increased unemployment levels which Covid-19 has unfortunately caused in the UK, and world-wide.

The Passage?s Client Development team provide clients with life skills to help them to end their homelessness by returning to work. Support includes computer training, literacy and numeracy classes, help with CV’s and finding jobs, and financial and welfare rights advice. When someone sleeping rough finds work, to ensure that tiredness or ill-health does not lead to them losing the job, The Passage provides funding for accommodation, travel and sustenance until they are paid.

Many of the people who arrive at The Passage Resource Centre identify themselves as willing to work in their initial assessments. Not only is the overall percentage of people expressing interest to work higher, but the percentage of people presenting at our Charity’s services with past employment history has also increased in the past year.

Employment is a key route out of homelessness ? our clients desperately want to change their situations. They do not want to be living on the streets or insecurely housed. The role of The Passage is to remove any obstacle to finding and sustaining work that our clients may face such as:

  • Lack of confidence ? which can be vastly improved with training and encouragement
  • No money or clothing for interviews – we provide funding for travel and smart,?suitable work attire from our clothing store
  • No bank account as a result of debt or debt on their bank account – our Money Advice worker will liaise with the bank or debtor to agree a managable payment plan
  • Poor computer skills ? one-to-one and group IT training sessions are regularly delivered in the Resource Centre
  • Tiredness or poor health as a result of sleeping rough or in night shelters ? clients will be referred to The Passage Health team (which includes Mental Health and Substance Abuse specialists as well as NHS Nurses) and when in work, they will have funding for a room in a B&B until they receive their first pay packet and can move somewhere longer term
  • A long gap in employment history or a criminal record ? we will help clients to address and explain this in interviews
  • Outdated qualifications ? we facilitate various training schemes such as Bounceback to refresh clients? knowledge
  • Not having the necessary immigration status to be eligible for work ? our Immigration Solicitor and EUSS team will support clients to obtain the correct status and papers
  • Onward support – The Passage operates a mentoring service, pairing a client with someone in a skilled job who can offer support and advice to help manage the stress and complexity of returning to a working life

No matter how difficult the challenges we face, we strive to obtain the best outcomes for our homeless clients. This is why all the profits from bookings at Cathedral View go back into our charity, to fund these life changing services.

Credit: Emily Richmond, Corporate Partnerships Manager

Why It Pays To Be Socially Conscious

In this new decade, many of the big businesses and brands are listing their social conscience as a big focus point and those that aren?t are getting left behind. 

More so than ever, staff wellbeing, environmental responsibility and giving back to community are top of the agendas for the big names in business. 

It?s not enough anymore to just be mindful and have good values ? staff, partners and clients all demand that the people they are working with and for are demonstrating good vision and ethics continuously.  

There is a demand from employees (present and prospective) for the companies they work for to be leading lights in terms of their social conscience ? especially from the millennial generation – and for those that are not, they are risking losing potentially amazing staff and having work quality suffer. 

The awareness of the issues in our world such as climate change, the homeless crisis, the poverty crisis and environmental issues and being seen to be acting in some way to help are attractive qualities and showcase brands and businesses that are aware of the world around them and want to positively contribute where they can. 

Here at Cathedral View, the fact that ALL profit from our events go directly to The Passage charity is an appealing one as for a lot of businesses, their social conscience is strong, but they can be unsure of how to channel it and how to help the most. 

The various teams and individuals we host all get a sense of pride from the fact that they are contributing and helping in some way which for us is a win/win as we get to directly help the homeless crisis as well as work with fantastic people who share our values we put on a wonderful event for them. 

More than ever, we are seeing giving back in a lot of brands? offers and when there isn?t a charitable arm or a mention of how they directly tackle climate or environmental issues, it now seems odd ? which is a great thing. 

Of course, there is more that can be done. And the big brand leaders could definitely do more to show the way and lead from the front but it?s hugely encouraging that businesses, large and small, are very aware of their social conscience, how they are perceived due to it and how they can use it to attract and retain great people.  

“It has been a delight to use the Marillac room for the last four days. Thanks especially to your team for looking after us. I hope and expect to use Cathedral View for more training courses in the future.”

Mark Wilcock, Zomalex

“Everyone loved the space - it was perfect for the workshop”

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“Thank you most sincerely for supporting the Catholic Medical Association?s Mass and Brunch event. It was thought to be a great success by all who attended. All those present were extremely impressed by the work of The Passage”

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