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Pass It On Scheme PIOS

by David Lackner-Smith in Rochdale, England, United Kingdom

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Former homeless people being empowered to help disadvantaged people, those at risk of disadvantage and the wider Community. LIVED EXPERIENCE

by David Lackner-Smith in Rochdale, England, United Kingdom

The ‘Pass It On’ Scheme (PIOS) recognises there is no experience like first-hand experience; people that have lived through tough challenges have lots to offer those that are currently going through the same.

The PIOS will provide an opportunity for people with life experiences to share and help others. For example, 

1537344953_1537344953184.pngBrian, one of our very first PIOS Members says; ‘I used to attend weekly group sessions on the reasons why we take drugs, now I am the one leading the group! It feels great to facilitate these groups; I got a lot of knowledge. Besides, every time I lead a group it reminds me why I can’t go back there…’

To help members of the scheme ‘pass it on’, we provide robust training and development opportunities. This includes accredited qualifications in; Risk Assessment, Fire Safety, Food Hygiene, Health and Wellbeing, Safeguarding Children / Vulnerable Adults, and Stress Management (plus much more!).1537345083_1537345083500.png

Once a member feels ready to ‘Pass it on’, we will  supervise placement within local soup kitchens, emergency homeless shelters, supported housing providers and Community drop-ins. On placement, members will directly help those most in need while developing important employability skills. Some members may want to continue their commitment to ‘Pass it on’ by seeking employment within the sector. 

The Sanctuary Trust is keen to help cultivate the next generation of housing / homelessness workers, with lived experience. We pledge that all housed PIOS graduates will receive an interview for employment at the Sanctuary Trust. We will also help graduates to apply for jobs elsewhere and we will provide employment references. Therefore, in 12 months scheme graduates could have the qualifications, the work experience and be employed within the Sector!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward Meal

Will give a rough sleeper a substantial meal at the Soup Kitchen every day for a week. This allows our PIOS team to engage with potential new recruits.

£20 or more

£20 Reward For Training

Will purchase certified Health & Safety training for one PIOS member. This includes accredited qualifications in; Risk Assessment, Fire Safety, Food Hygiene, Health and Wellbeing, Safeguarding Children / Vulnerable Adults, Stress Management and a Level 2 qualification in Information, Advice or Guidance (plus much more!).. This is one of the most invaluable ways of helping someone to enhance their CV and start to work.

£30 or more

£30 Reward Assessment

Helps to assess the needs of people that have lived through tough challenges.

£100 or more

£100 Reward move on

£100 will provide assistance and furniture from our community store to move someone into their home after being homeless.

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