Unique ‘Work Fair’ for people who are homeless launches this April

A one-of-a-kind event organised to help give people who are homeless the skills to prepare for the world of work has been cited as an excellent opportunity by local homeless services.

The ‘Getting Ready for Work’ 2016 work and learning fair has been organised by members of the Brighton & Hove City Council’s Work and Learning Working Group and will be supported by The Big Lottery funded Brighton Housing Trust Accommodation for Work Project.BHT_logo_green_mission_RGB_screen_medium(512)

The fair will allow people to meet and chat to a wide range of local service providers, and find out what is available to help them access work experience and training.

There will be reps/stalls from a wide range of providers including Albion in the Community, Job Centre Plus, National Careers Service, City College, Swim UK and NACRO.

The event will take place at 11.00am on Thursday 7th April, at the Friends Meeting House in Ship Street, Brighton.

Rachel Ballard from Brighton YMCA said: “It’s an excellent opportunity for clients to find their own opportunities and resources. It’s also a great chance for support workers to find out about what is available locally.

“There will be stalls and one-to-one support for clients interested in gaining skills for work.  The event is designed to work well for people who just want to find out what’s available as well as those who want to sign up to courses, programmes and activities on the day.

Bernadette Lynch from Brighton Housing Trust said: “The event will be relaxed and informal. There is nothing else like this in the city and it’s a great opportunity for clients to get involved in work and learning.

“Helping people to know what is available and to help them build their confidence are important first steps on the journey to employment.”

The event is supported by The Big Lottery Funded BHT Accommodation for Work Project and with bus tickets for participants from Brighton City Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund 15/16.