A lot of people doing a little is better than a few people doing a lot. That’s the motto of ex-serviceman Ian Northcott (AKA the “Busking Bobby”). In 2010 he decided he wanted to do something to help the homeless people of Birmingham – and that’s where Socks & Chocs began.
The charity gives essential items such as bedding, toiletries and clothing to people living on the streets as well as funding essential health needs and short-term emergency accommodation. We are so pleased to be teaming up with them to deliver a job club which is to be held at our facilities.
The funding from Socks & Chocs will allow us to run courses covering health and safety, first aid, manual handling and food hygiene. It will also allow us to purchase a new printer/scanner/copier, two new laptops, numeracy work books, literacy work books and a range of stationary to aid our residents’ studies.
The first class in the job club is to be held Friday 6th September 2019 and will be managed by a dedicated skills co-ordinator at the hostel who will be tasked with getting the residents involved in the project. The hope is that the job club will give them the skills necessary to get much needed employment which in turn will give them the wages needed to get them out of their current situation.