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Charity appeals for business mentors to help homeless into jobs

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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Homelessness charity Broadway is appealing for business people to become mentors to its clients who are trying to get back into work.

The charity, which supports more than 10,000 people a year into housing, runs a work and learning project for its current and formerly homeless clients.

The mentoring scheme, which is funded by corporate supporter Telereal Trillium, is designed to help people looking for work to make steps towards employment. Mentors support clients to improve CVs and job interview techniques and, in some cases, build on their own business ideas.

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 mentors must be willing to commit to the scheme for nine months and attend four evening training courses 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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