Charity appeals for business mentors to help the homeless

  • Homelessness charity Broadway is appealing to business people to become mentors to its clients who wish to get back into work.

    The charity supports over 10,000 people a year and helps them into housing whilst also running work and learning projects for its current and former homeless clients. Out Of Luck...

    The mentoring scheme is funded by corporate supporter Telereal Trilllium and is designed to help people looking for work make steps towards employment. Mentors are meant to support clients to improve CVs and job interview techniques and, in some case, build upon their own business ideas, reports 24dash.

    Roxy Hotten, work and learning manager at Broadway, said: "The feedback we've had over the past year of running the mentoring programme is that it not only builds confidence and communications skills among our mentees but it also helps to improve the skills and awareness of our mentors. The support of a mentor can have a lasting impact on the lives of our clients, many of whom have been homeless but now want to move into or develop in their careers. I would recommend that anyone with a passion for supporting people gets in touch and offers their support. They could make a real difference."

    Broadway says that mentors must be willing to commit to the scheme for nine months whilst attending four evening training course and a pre-match induction. During their mentorship they will need to have regular face-to-face or phone contact with their mentee.

    One mentor who took part in 2013 said: "I found the experience broke down any prejudices or stereotypes I had around homelessness, drug users and people suffering from a mental illness. It's been an experience I shall hold dear for the rest of my life."

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