Helping clients back into work is not a new idea for St Mungo's. Over the years we have built the largest programme of work and learning services for homeless people in Europe that helps 125 people find work every year. We believe that providing opportunities for education, skills training and work is vital to help people stay off the streets.
Pathways to Employment has taken this concept even further, it provides on-site, in-depth and activity led support to those who want to change their lives for good, but don't know how.
The Pathways to Employment programme was initially piloted in two St Mungo's hostels, Cedars Road in Lambeth and Cromwell Road in Earls Court.
Both are very different types of hostels. Cedars Road has a large number of rough sleepers so by its very nature, life at the hostel can often be very chaotic. Residents are still coming to terms with their new environment, trying to sort out support needs and personal issues. Cromwell Road has a more settled client group.
The ultimate aim of the programme is to achieve a 10% employment rate for programme participants. In the first year and a half, 11% of participants from Cromwell Road found paid employment. And, although this wasn't quite matched at Cedars Road, there has been some equally significant progress made. Work and learning is now an important part of the support provided at the hostel.