The innovative new scheme – which engages the support of local businesses to help young people and adults back into employment – was launched today when staff from Holiday Extras visited one of Porchlight’s accommodation projects in Dover.
As well as providing funding, Holiday Extras will offer the expertise of its recruitment and development specialists to help Porchlight service users build the skills required to secure a job in a competitive market.
Matthew Pack, Holiday Extras CEO, said: “We recognised immediately that we could play a part in helping people back to work and we’re thrilled to become a Porchlight Employability Sponsor. To know that our support is giving homeless and vulnerable people the opportunity to get their lives back on track is immensely rewarding.”
Other companies joining Holiday Extras include Mount Ephraim Gardens, Pfizer and Paul Roberts and Associates. Joanne Spiteri, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Porchlight, said: “Funding from local businesses is vital to the success of this important initiative which gives people the skills and confidence to enter the workplace, removing barriers to break the cycle of homelessness.
“Since April, Porchlight has helped 44 people in Kent and Croydon get paid work and 77 others access volunteering and work placements. This new scheme is all about building on that success and we’re appealing for more sponsors to sign up and help us change people’s lives by supporting them on their journey back to work.”
If your business is interested in becoming an Employability Sponsor for Porchlight, please contact Joanne Spiteri on 01227 813199 for further information.
Photo: Simon Hickie and Carolyne Creed from Holiday Extras presenting Porchlight project lead Vicky Taylor with some Christmas gifts for service users.