Ancoats charity to host open day helping homeless people into employment

'This is fantastic opportunity for somebody who may have previously been marginalised or disadvantaged due to their background or circumstances'

Ancoats-based homeless charity Mustard Tree is this week hosting its second open day for the ‘Going Forward into Employment‘ pilot.

The aim is to help six people with experience of homelessness into employment with the Department for Work and Pensions, in conjunction with the Booth Centre, Back on Track and Business in the Community.

Opportunities available include work placements and fixed term contracts across the Civil Service, which can lead to permanent employment.

The pilot’s focus is to provide a means of support to help people with lived experience of homelessness complete the application process and even in job development if they are successful in gaining a post.

Due to national lockdown restrictions, the Ancoats charity can accommodate limited numbers on site.

Candidates who register their interest will be given the option to join the open day remotely if they have access to a computer or laptop with a webcam. 

Those who don’t have access will be invited to join from the charity hub, where access to a computer or laptop will be provided.

Founded in 1994 by Dave and Shona Smith, who headed out with a flask and sandwiches to talk to rough sleepers across Manchester, Mustard Tree now helps hundreds of people each year to find work, learn new skills, improve their accommodation and more.

“This is fantastic opportunity for somebody who may have previously been marginalised or disadvantaged due to their background or circumstances,” said Jack Barton, communications manager for Mustard Tree.

“We’re delighted to be working alongside the DWP and fellow Manchester-based organisations to make these opportunities available to our clients and trainees”.

The open day will take place on Thursday 14th January 2021 at Mustard Tree, 110 Oldham Road, Ancoats M4 6AG. To register your interest to attend the open day, or to request more information,  email [email protected] or call 0161 228 7331. You can find out more here


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