Last Thursday 9 February BHT held its biannual ‘Getting Ready to Learn, Volunteer and Work’ event in central Brighton. The event, which is now in its sixth year, is aimed at people who are receiving support because they are homeless and those providing support for homeless people. It brings together those seeking opportunities to get work or undertake learning with those who provide such opportunities in Brighton. Around 125 people took part, including 38 providers of services providing support for homeless people, and work and well-being skills opportunities.
This event is organised by BHT’s Accommodation for Work project, which provides temporary accommodation for local single people who are homeless but actively involved in work or learning. Part of the project’s remit is to help other local homeless support organisations to increase their clients’ access to work and learning activities.
Anna Muten, Training and Development Co-ordinator for BHT’s Accommodation for Work project said:
This event offers a great opportunity for attendees to learn about local opportunities to suit a huge variety of needs, interests and aspirations. Participants told us they really valued having such a variety of work, learning and well-being skills providers in one place, and said the friendly and relaxed atmosphere made it very accessible. They also enjoyed the free food on offer in the café provided by BHT’s social enterprise, Dine, live music from Evolve’s music group and the much-loved therapy dogs. We were pleased it was such a positive success and are already looking forward to our next event in summer 2020!
The Accommodation for Work project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. To find out more about the project and the next ‘Getting Ready to Learn, Volunteer and Work’ event, please visit our Accommodation for Work webpage.