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  • Switch Project - Improving Employability and Self Worth

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    The aim of the idea is to upgrade their computers. Access to computers ensures those who walk through the doors grow in confidence and move towards independent, self-fulfilling lives by providing education, guidance and personal rehabilitation. 

     

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    Caritas Anchor House is a charity in Canning Town in the London Borough of Newham. They are a residential and life skills centre working with over 250 single homeless individuals each year. 

     

    Access to computers is essential in order to use e-learning training courses, bid for housing, apply for jobs, and resolve benefit issues. It impacts on self-reported levels of confidence and wellbeing. 

     

    A survey in November 2017 secured responses from 66% of their residents, 90% of responses reported increased levels of employability likelihood with access to computers and the internet and ongoing searching for training featuring highly in the feedback. Many individuals referred to a developed sense of self-confidence since arriving. This was linked to appropriate facilities and a positive and encouraging environment.

     

    The aim of the idea is to upgrade their computers as part of their project to refurbish and redecorate their lounge area where the computers are located. They plan to replace ceiling tiles, flooring and paint the area. They are seeking new seating, new computers and computer tables, and the building of a new door and bicycle rack. 

     

    This will impact significantly on the main social space - used for Awards ceremonies, Christmas concerts, library, and pool table space. 

     

    These developments will impact on how residents and visitors perceive the organisation and this will reflect on their own feelings of self-worth. 

     

    Access to computers also informs the driving mission to ensure those who walk through the doors grow in confidence and move towards independent, self-fulfilling lives by providing education, guidance and personal rehabilitation. 

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