Charity offers a beacon of light
More than 130 clients of Porchlight have been helped by the charity to find paid and voluntary work placements in the last 10 months.
The organisation provides a jobs, education and training programme to help the homeless into sustained employment.
It offers support with CV writing and filling out application forms, as well as interview techniques and team-building exercises to help people develop the confidence and skills they need to compete in the job market.
Porchlight’s employment coordinator Mark Pinkney said: “We know the vast majority of our service users want to work but find that a lack of recent work experience or relevant employability skills can be a real barrier.
“By helping to break down the barriers we’re giving people every chance of finding work so that they can move away from homelessness and towards a more positive future.
But we couldn’t do this without the support of our sponsors who not only help to fund the service, but provide us with valuable work placements so that our service users can enhance their skills and experience.”
The Brett Group signed up to the scheme in 2015 and chairman Bill Brett - pictured with Josh Fenwick, who undertook a two-week work placement with the business - said: “We’re proud to lend our support to a service that offers such positive outcomes for people, helping them to achieve their personal goals so that they can live independently in the future.”
Porchlight says it wants to thank its partners in the scheme, including the Brett Group, Robinsons Solicitors, Canterbury Auction Galleries, Mount Ephraim, Paul Roberts Associates, Pfizer and Holiday Extras for their support in 2015.
The charity has also recently welcomed on board Mack, Rockhopper Services, Moments Fostering, Lloyds Sittingbourne, Wilkos and Greggs.