Gable expressed an interest during our Day 46 programme to become a hairdresser, using her creative skills to help her make money whilst she learns English and saves up for university. We connected her with a hairdressers in London for an initial taster session, which was then expanded by the head hairdresser to become a work shadowing programme. After going in once a week for a month, she found she had a natural flair for hairdressing, so they have put her into six month training programme to equip her to be a hairdresser. She has grown in confidence in English language, customer service and her abilities to fulfil this dream and be ready at the point if she gets eligibility to remain in the UK.
Cassie expressed an interest in one day opening up a clothes shop in her home country, designing her own clothing line. We wanted to help her on the journey, so we set her up with a day placement at a tailoring and sewing social enterprise. She LOVED the experience, and was an exceptional student. As she saw her natural talent, her hope for a different kind of work in the future increased… it was an amazing day! She was moved on soon after to another city, so we have worked with her case worker in that city for her to continue her tailoring training locally.
Michel was very shy when we first met her, barely speaking any English and in the early stages of her pregnancy. As we worked with her, through translation apps and lots of sign language, we understood she had a real interest in nails and beauty. We explored this with her, and it seemed to bring a new lease of life. Whilst it wasn’t appropriate for her to do a placement due to her pregnancy, she has since started practicing nails on the other ladies in the house – building her confidence, community and skills.
Solent and Lara both expressed a desire to learn how to design and make jewellery, a skill they wanted to use back in their home countries one day. We found a fantastic social enterprise in London who wanted to provide some training and support – so they have just completed four day long training sessions with them. They finished the programme with a beautiful heart shaped necklace that they had shaped for themselves. We are currently working with them to consider how to access further jewellery making training.
Tiana showed an interest in working with charities, so we set up the opportunity to shadow a large and successful charity with four days of work experience with a local partnerships manager.