We help people long-term unemployed come together, have fun, practice business skills, create their own job and work jointly on projects.
About the project
At Wave-length we run a Junction Box programme for people who are unemployed (many to embarrased to tell us how long for) who would like to understand what self-employment has to offer. They are not people with firmed up business plans and ideas but are those that just want to know what being in business might look like, to understand if they have the right skills, can they communicate with others and how do they start if it is for them.
We meet people who have been homeless, have mental health conditions, ex addicts, offenders, veterans, physical conditions, those that only get up in the morning for our sessions and those that simply do not know which way to turn in their lives. They make new friends, build skills, become more understanding of wider social issues and of each other and through all this begin to realise that they have skills, their opinions matter and the joy of helping others.
Many of those we help go into self-employment about 40%, others gain confidence and move into employment and others join together to win community projects or design businesses through colaboration. But its not just about the hard outcomes, many learn to engage with a group, start to get out of ever negative environments and others value meeting people who face similar challenges to them. The sessions are always delivered in a dynamic environment, one that the group designs, all in a fun, integrated and supportive environment. Over time we go from people watching the clock until the session ends to us having to encourage them to leave as we are running out of time for the room booking.
We bring the groups together on a fortnightly basis and try to help as many as many people as we can, but we always have more coming to the door than we can afford to support and of course they do not have the money to pay us for the sessions. So we want to set up another free to attend programme so that we can manage the numbers better and allow more to join, especially as some of our attendees have anxiety issues or do not like being in larger groups.
To run a programme over the year, with meeting room hire, faciliator and volunteer expenses we need £6,000. Thanks for your support