Winners and Commended Projects of 2016
1st prize – £30,000
House Of St Barnabas – Employment Academy
The House of St Barnabas works to break the cycle of homelessness by providing training, work experience and employment opportunities to help people rebuild their lives. Uniquely they do this by using their beautiful Grade I listed Georgian townhouse in Soho to run a social enterprise, a fully commercial members’ club.
The club provides income to run their Employment Academy which is at the heart of the social business, it provides an on-site commercial environment for their trainees with accredited training, work experience and employment support. The staff are trained as buddies to support the trainees, providing job support and to ensure that the trainees feel part of the team.
The aim is to enable people to step away from the labels of “homeless” to become active employees within the businesses they work with. They are on track to become financially self-sustaining from earned income by the end of 2018.