Support people into work

There are a range of factors that place the people we support at a disadvantage in finding and sustaining work. People who are homeless are more likely than the general population to lack basic skills such as maths and English. Last year, nearly half of the residents in our hostels and shared houses were not qualified to Level 2 (the equivalent of GCSE A*-C) in these subjects.They may also have support needs which can carry a stigma with prospective employers including substance misuse, offending histories and mental health issues.

Porchlight’s JET programme provides pathways of support to help homeless and vulnerable people to find work, live independently and play a full and positive role in their communities. Our team of activity workers and volunteers offer:

  • Activities which build life-skills and confidence such as swimming, football, gardening, drama and photography, cooking and outdoor activities.
  • Learning and personal development activities such as support to improve literacy, numeracy and IT skills, access to formal education and in-house training in subjects such as communications skills, money management, healthy eating and maintaining a tenancy.
  • Employability support including group and one-to-one job-search training and mentoring, access to work placements, apprenticeships, volunteering and employment opportunities.

Our team also offers fun, accessible sports and personal development activities for young people in neighbourhoods which have high levels of deprivation - including parts of Dover, Canterbury and Thanet. 

Current funding partners for our JET programme include The Henry Smith Charity, The Sobell Foundation, Masonic Charitable Foundation, Kent Community Foundation, Port of Dover Community Fund and Southern Housing Group.

For further information about any of our fundraising priorities please contact 01227 813199 or email beverleycallaghan@porchlight.org.uk