What We Do
Our academy participants and graduates are at the heart of all we do. We support people affected by homelessness into lasting paid work. The journey starts with our referral agenices understanding about our 12-week Employment Programme integrated in to our social business and continues with 12 months of mentoring and ongoing support from the Academy team and a mentor. We’re building a network of hardworking talented individuals who are ready to thrive in work. Skill training includes the opportunity to gain accredited City & Guilds qualifications in Hospitality or Business and Administration. We currently support 60 people a year on their journey back to independence and our vision is to support at least 100 people every year with growing alumni.
Frances' Story, Graduate 2015
“At the beginning 12 weeks seemed like a long time to retrain for employment. I had so many thoughts going through my mind, most of which were negative. But despite this I was focused on getting back to work and to being able to do things for myself, to not having to worry everyday about whether I’d have enough travel fare or if I would be able to have a proper meal during the week. As depressing as everything felt in my life, I was determined to turn it around.
The Employment Programme gave me the courage to do that. It gave me the opportunity to erase all of the negativity that plagued me by giving me something to focus on daily and, by the time the end of the 12 weeks had arrived, I was ready.
I was ready to take on the world and, in the end, to own it.
The House of St Barnabas set up a job interview with my current employer and whilst they loved me during the interview, they decided to go with someone else for the position I had applied for. However, they wanted to offer me another position which they thought I would be perfect for, and the funny part is, it’s a better position that what I had originally set my sights on.
I have never loved a hotel as much as I love this one, and for them to see something in me that made them offer me a placement above and beyond what I had thought myself capable of, was an amazing feeling.
Everything I had been through before in my life became a stumbling block that I had climbed over, and The House of St Barnabas helped me to do that. From having to take baby steps for the second time in my life to being able to run into my future with a clear focus, they were there. I cannot be more thankful for what The House of St Barnabas has done for me.
By giving me the opportunity to participate in the Employment Programme, they helped me get back to the Frances I used to be”