Our Workwise scheme wins an award

8 March 2017

Porchlight wins a Chartered Institute of Housing award

A Porchlight scheme to help homeless people into employment has won an award.

Our Workwise programme was named ‘Innovation of the Year’ at last night’s Chartered Institute of Housing South East regional awards.

Porchlight employment coordinator Mark Pinkney, who runs the Workwise programme, said: “We’re very proud to win this award. Over the past few years we’ve helped hundreds of disadvantaged people into work, enabling them to begin living more independently and have a more structured way of life.

“This award is real recognition of the hard work and effort that everyone at Porchlight puts in. Of course, we couldn’t do it without the numerous employers who have supported Workwise and helped people turn their lives around.”

Workwise is aimed at people who are after their first job, returning to the workplace after a long absence or already working but looking to do something new. It involves one-to-one coaching and covers all the basics of preparing, looking and applying for jobs.

At Porchlight, we know employment is the best route out of poverty and breaking the cycle of homelessness. The vast majority of our service users want to find work, but a lack of recent work experience or relevant skills can be a real barrier to doing so.

Last year, though, Workwise helped 64 people find employment. Many others are looking at getting a job once their mental and physical needs have been addressed.