Supporting homeless people and providing employment

The Mace PREACH project team at the LSE development kept noticing the same two homeless men sleeping by the site’s pedestrian entrance every night.

A member of the site team persuaded them to come into the site office to have a cup of coffee.

It transpired that they were skilled, educated men who hadn’t found opportunities quick enough upon arriving in the UK and this is why they became homeless.

The project team arranged for temporary accommodation for them in a local hostel and, working alongside CRISIS Skylight, helped them to pass their CSCS test.

They are both now employed on Mace construction sites.

This initiative has since been further developed with the site team setting up ‘Doorways’. Working with Crisis, the team has set up an outreach team to engage those sleeping rough and offer them employment opportunities in construction. The programme involves working with local businesses to identify volunteers to actively walk about Westminster and provide food and contacts to those sleeping rough. ‘Doorways’ will hopefully lead to increased local employment and assist the most vulnerable in society to find work.

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