We think it is important to help people who face unfair barriers to work, such as those with disabilities or those who have been homeless. Our projects aim to help people get into meaningful employment and set up their own businesses.
We created Firm Futures to help people in Islington, who are not in permanent, full time employment, set up their own businesses. 67% of previous Firm Futures participants are still trading.
Through a series of monthly workshops, Firm Futures builds participants’ confidence and the skills needed to set up a business, as well as providing up to £2,000 to cover start-up costs, mentoring and a subsidised workspace.
We deliver Firm Futures through a unique partnership with two other Islington organisations that are working together to support local people in becoming self-employed: St Luke’s Community Centre and enterprise experts B Consultancy.
Supported work placements
my AFK, a charity that works with disabled young people, has been a close charity partner since 2013. Through our partnership, we provide supported work placements to help young people to become job ready as they transition into life after school. Not only has the project seen positive outcomes for the young people we work with in terms of gaining work-related skills (100%), increasing their confidence (86%) and learning to travel independently (71%), but it has also given us a platform to build awareness and understanding of disabilities amongst our employees.
The Margins Project
Our funding of the café training programme at The Margins Project in Islington provides an opportunity for people who have experienced homelessness and crisis to get back into work. Based at Union Chapel, the charity focuses on developing participants’ employability skills and helping them to gain a Level 2 Food Safety Award. They are then supported to find further paid work and training at the end of their placement.
I feel more confident and I am sure that my next job interview will be less stressful after having the chance to practice with the volunteer – thank you. A Job Club participant at St Luke’s Community Centre
I’m so scared of computers that I was very nervous for my first PC Pals session but my mentor put me at ease and I am now much more confident using the computer. I’m looking forward to more sessions so that I can improve my knowledge even more. A PC Pals participant at St Luke’s Community Centre