Helping the UK's homeless people into employment

by Radical Recruit in London, England, United Kingdom

£15,045

£150,000 target 43 days left
10% 106 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 28th February 2021 at 11:55pm

Radical Recruit help homeless people into employment. Raising £150k will enable us to support over 150 people into permanent jobs next year.

by Radical Recruit in London, England, United Kingdom

Raising £150k will allow Radical Recruit to keep supporting the candidates already on our books as well as helping an extra 150 homeless people into employment next year.

I’m Emma Freivogel and I founded Radical Recruit a year ago to help some of the UK’s most disadvantaged people into employment. We’re the UK’s only not-for-profit social recruitment consultancy and we’re on a mission to ensure that people1605003948_041933_rr_socialcard_malcolmv2.jpg who are homeless have the support they need to transform their lives. We do this by supporting people to get ready for work, secure and sustain meaningful paid employment, obtain safe and stable accommodation and become contributing members of society.

Each person who sleeps rough costs the taxpayer over £20,000 per year. It makes financial and moral sense to help.

Prior to COVID-19, Shelter estimated that there were 280,000 homeless people in the UK. Since the first lockdown, homelessness has risen. Young people have been hit particularly hard with an 81% increase in rough sleeping for those aged under 25 years. Watch Alisha's story here: With the full impact of the pandemic still being realised, even more of us are at risk of losing our homes. At Radical, we believe it’s our duty to help as many people avoid homelessness as possible by providing routes into secure employment and helping those who are long-term unemployed and sleeping rough, or living in unstable accommodation, to get ready for work, (re)enter the labour market and sustain their employment with post-placement support. 

People become homeless for so many reasons but it usually boils down to losing the means to pay a mortgage or rent. That old saying 'we’re all but one pay check away from losing everything' has never rung truer than it does today. 

We want to challenge the stigma and misconceptions around homelessness and prove that the resilience, tenacity and motivation that our candidates have in spades are characteristics that can benefit any business – and we have lots of testimonials from employers to prove it! 

According to research done by Crisis, a charity for homeless people, if 40,000 people were prevented from becoming homeless for one year in England, it would save the public purse £370 million. Add onto that more people in employment paying tax and being allowed to contribute to society, and what’s not to love?

We want to assist more marginalised people and work with more employers than ever before to help tackle homelessness.

We’ve just successfully completed a three-month pilot project to get almost 100 people into employment in 100 days. The project was funded by the government at the start of lockdown but now the funding has come to an end. Kevin is one of the people from that project and he tells us how the pandemic made him homeless after 20 years of skilled work: 

We won’t accept that we have to stop helping people to find employment and in turn, be able to find homes, feed themselves, feed their families and contribute to society. Without extra funding, the work we do will have to stop and we’ll only be able to afford to help a very small number of people at any one time, leaving most of our current candidates out in the cold - both physically and metaphorically. We don’t want to abandon them – or the 1,000s of other people who still need our help.1605004553_041933_rr_socialcard_stevev2.jpg

We’ve proven that it IS possible to support people to leave homelessness behind for good through paid employment and we want to continue the work that the pilot project started, expand our reach and transform the lives of more homeless people: one person and one job at a time. By meeting our crowdfunding target, we’ll be able to support over 150 homeless people, right across the country, over the coming year. That support includes: 

  •    Work-ready assessments and individual employment action plans;
  •    Referrals and signposting to other specialist services;
  •    Individual coaching and mentoring; 
  •    Supporting our candidates to prepare a CV that we can take to market;
  •    Group interview workshops and individual mock interviews;
  •    Confidence building;
  •    Providing the technology needed for candidates to apply for jobs and complete online assessments; 
  •   Working with employers to generate awareness of our candidates and make their hiring easier; and
  •   Post-placement support including weekly contact with candidates to ensure they are supported to navigate the workplace and with time, progress in their chosen careers.

You can help us do this

For every £2,000 we generate, we can support one homeless person to get job and interview ready, secure a job they’ll love and support them for 6 months post-placement.

How your donations are spent

  • £50 would allow us to purchase a tablet for one Radical so they can stay connected during the pandemic, access our online pre-work support services and perform independent job search.
  • £300 would allow us to carry out a thorough needs risk and work-readiness assessment, develop an individualised action plan and make referrals to other specialist services for one Radical.
  • £500 would allow us to run a volunteer-supported online employability webinar and workshop to teach 10 Radicals how to develop a CV that it is Applicant Tracking System optimised and which can be tailored for the jobs they will apply for.
  • £1,000 would allow us to provide one-to-one online support to 20 Radicals to teach them how to answer competency and values-based interview questions and facilitate two mock interviews where they will be given real-time feedback on what they did well and what they could improve.
  • £5,000 would allow us to provide six full-day online workshops covering: personal branding, LinkedIn for beginners and mock interviews.
  • £15,000 would allow us to set up a part-time office in one London soup kitchen that serves a community of 150 homeless people.
  • £45,000 would allow us to set up a part-time office in three London soup kitchens that currently serve over 500 homeless people.
  • £100,000 would allow us to work with 30 new employers and support 100 Radicals into jobs they love plus run 24 employability skills workshops for 240 Radicals.
  • £150,000 would allow us to sign 50 new employers and support 300 Radicals into jobs they love as well as move hundreds closer to the labour market.

And for the businesses supporting us, here are some amazing perks you could claim* but can’t live without!

£5,000 - Bronze

  • Quarterly newsletter; 
  • Access to our D&I jobs board (20 job postings); 
  • Unconscious bias training for 20 delegates;
  • 100 online corporate volunteering opportunities;
  •  Founding patron status and your logo on our website.

£10,000 - Silver

  • Quarterly newsletter;
  • Access to our D&I jobs board (30 job postings);
  • Unconscious bias training for 40 delegates;
  • 150 online corporate volunteering opportunities;
  • Use of our logo;
  • One award submission;
  • Two case studies with images to show the impact of your donation;
  • Founding Patron status and your logo on our website.

£12,000 - Gold

  • Quarterly newsletter; 
  • Access to our D&I jobs board (40 job postings);
  • Unconscious bias training for 40 delegates;
  • 200 online corporate volunteering opportunities;
  • Use of our logo;
  • Quarterly case study with images to show the impact of your donation;
  • An online team away day;
  • Recruitment services;
  • 2 award submissions;
  • 6 co-branded sponsored candidate employability events;
  • Social media posts;
  • Founding Patron status and your logo on our website.

£15,000 - Platinum

  • Quarterly newsletter;
  • Access to our D&I jobs board (unlimited jobs posting);
  • Unconscious bias training for 60 delegates;
  • 300 online corporate volunteering opportunities;
  • Use of our logo;
  • Quarterly case study with images to show the impact of your donation;
  • An online team away day;
  • Recruitment services;
  • 3x award submissions;
  • 12x co-branded sponsored candidate employability events;
  • Social media posts;
  • Annual impact report;
  • Founding Patron status and your logo on our website.

*claims to be made in February 2021 for delivery by the end of 2021.

We appreciate your support

Our small but mighty team here at Radical Recruit want to thank all our supporters. Whatever the size of your donation, you're helping us to be able to change people's lives for the better: offering them confidence, security and a sense of belonging. For more personal stories about the work we've been doing, check out our social media pages.

Don't just take our word for it though. Not only has our work been supported and endorsed by The Guardian, but we've worked with some hugely influential businesses who are committed to hiring our Radicals and/or supporting our work. A special thank you to CA3 who lovingly produced the fab videos of our candidates and to SMRS for helping produce a lot of our marketing.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Sponsor tech for our candidates

£50 allows us to purchase a tablet for one Radical candidate so they can stay connected during the pandemic, access our online pre-work support services and perform independent job searches.

£300 or more

Sponsor an initial assessment for one candidate

£300 allows us to carry out a thorough needs risk and work-readiness assessment, develop and individualised action plan and make referrals to other specialist services for one Radical candidate.

£500 or more

Sponsor an employability event for 10 candidates

£500 allows to run a volunteer-supported online employability webinar and workshop to teach 10 Radical candidates how to develop a CV that's Applicant Tracking System optimised and which can be tailored for the jobs they will apply for.

£1,000 or more

Sponsor one-to-one support for 20 candidates

£1,000 allows us to provide one-to-one online support to 20 Radical candidates to teach them how to answer competency and values-based interview questions and facilitate three mock interviews where they will be given real-time feedback on what they did well and what they could improve.

£5,000 or more

Sponsor 6 full-day online workshops

£5,000 allows us to provide six full-day online workshops to support our Radical candidates to learn about personal branding, develop their personal elevator pitch, set up LinkedIn profiles and practice their networking skills.

£15,000 or more

Sponsor an office in a soup kitchen for 150 people

£15,000 allows us to set up a part-time office in one London soup kitchen that serves a community of 150 homeless people.

£45,000 or more

Sponsored office in 3 soup kitchens for 500 people

£45,000 allows us to set up a part-time office in three London soup kitchens that currently serve over 500 homeless people.

£100,000 or more

Sponsored employment support for 100 candidates

£100,000 would allow us to work with 30 new employers and support 100 Radical candidates into jobs they love plus run 24 employability skills workshops for 240 Radical candidates.

£150,000 or more

Sponsored support for 150 candidates

£150,000 allows us to sign 50 new employers and support 150 Radical candidates into jobs they love as well as move 100s more closer to the labour market.

Let's make 'Helping the UK's homeless people into employment' happen

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