Young Sanctuary residents get on track to career success
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Care and Support, Education, Housing
Two Brighton youngsters from unsettled backgrounds are now on the path to career success thanks to the work of Sanctuary Group and computer giant Microsoft.
The leading housing and care provider has teamed up with Microsoft to provide access to computer equipment and create IT learning opportunities at a number of Sanctuary schemes across the country, including Brighton and Hove Foyer.
Under the partnership, young people are being given access to laptops and training through the Microsoft Authorised Refurbisher (MAR) programme, aimed at helping them secure work in today’s IT-driven world.
Jodie Britton, aged 19, and 17-year-old Rebecca Allen from Brighton and Hove Foyer – a Sanctuary Supported Living scheme for 16-25 year olds who have experienced homelessness – have been using donated laptops to improve their IT skills and pursue educational opportunities.
Torquay-born Jodie came to the Foyer after her relationship with her grandparents broke down, while Rebecca found herself homeless and moved into the Foyer when her family relocated to Surrey.
The use of the equipment has provided a welcome boost to the duo’s career prospects. Jodie is now enrolled on an Art and Design course at City College Brighton and Hove, and Rebecca is studying Hair and Beauty with aspirations to open her own salon.
Jodie said: “Having access to a computer is really important to me as it allows me to continuously improve my IT skills, build up my confidence and gain qualifications to support my college courses. I’m learning new things and I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me.”
Rebecca added: “I’m so excited about potentially being able to open my own business! Without the support I have received from staff at the Foyer and access to the laptops, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Access to the laptops is offering other advantages in addition to discovering training and education opportunities. Young people living at the Foyer can now receive support on how to build their CV and apply for jobs, and fill out online documentation such as provisional driving licences. This is helping those residents preparing to move on to new accommodation to take the next step towards independent living.