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We are looking to set up and run a unique employment initiative, ‘Win Or Lose Have Shiny Shoes‘ giving people who genuinely want to work, the opportunity to provide a useful service, whilst earning money, gaining valuable employment experience plus, have the ability and confidence to promote themselves to potential employers. ‘Every Shoes An Interview’...
‘Win Or Lose Have Shiny Shoes’ is a social enterprise which aims to inspire and give homeless, long term unemployed people the opportunity to regain the pride and dignity associated with work... on their terms!
“Have you ever given a homeless person money, food or other support”?
We (Mandalay Wellbeing CIC) have created and run several groups and initiatives in and around Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and Waveney over the last 4 years aimed at helping people in genuine need. We have been seeing many of the the same people every week... nothing changes... ’Win Or Lose Have Shiny Shoes’ aims to help people make the decision to gain employment, when and where possible.
We are all a small step away from being homeless!
It can happen to anyone at anytime, divorce, debt, relationship breakdown, abuse, addiction, mental health, prison... whatever the reason or cause, it can be a very sharp downwards trajectory when it happens and very difficult to get back on track.
We have been working with people that have not had employment for 20+ years... yet they still want to work. Its hard enough to get a job anyway, but without an address, a suit, a shower, anything on a CV... what happens?
A life on benefits, which we all pay for? Begging on the streets, drug addiction, alcohol dependency, crime, forced prostitution? Health problems, mental health problems, dependants and family emotional challenges?...
Homelessness and unemployment is a cost to all of us. We want to give people the opportunity to work and show potential employers that they want to work...
‘Win Or Lose Have Shiny Shoes’
We work closely with businesses and are looking to locate shoe shine boxes in high footfall locations and, after training is completed, provide successful job seekers with the opportunity to provide a shoe shine....and network !
What can you do to help?
Firstly, if you see someone offering to clean your shoes, they are doing so on there own terms. We loan a person the shoe shine box and equipment after they have passed a free of charge training course (this could be the first certificate and entry on a CV they have ever had) for an agreed amount of time and used at a specified location. Both WOLHSS and our ‘Shiner’ have a chat before they go to work, just to make sure they are OK and in the right frame of mind.