Today, people who experiencing homelessness and unemployment need more help than ever to find and stay in work. We offer support to help people become job-ready, to get a job and to stay in work and we do so as a locally-based organisation operating from more than 1,000 locations. Our holistic approach to removing the barriers to work gives support that is tailored to individual needs and circumstances. Once people have got back on their feet, we help them to stay there, through budgeting advice and ongoing support.
We run social enterprises and social enterprise projects, such as Recycles at Booth House Lifehouse. Customers walking through the doors of the modern ‘recycles’ bicycle centre in Spring Close in Swindon could be forgiven for not realising that it’s run by The Salvation Army and that the friendly and helpful staff are all residents of the lifehouse resettlement centre next door. More than a place to stay the 50-bed Booth House Lifehouse in Swindon offers accommodation and support to men and women who have experienced homelessness.
Recycles is a meeting place and resource centre for cycling enthusiasts in Swindon. The mechanics, all service users at Booth House, professionally repair or service bicycles at a competitive price or sell a quality refurbished model ready to go.
All residents who take part in the social enterprise are professionally trained and all bikes are safety checked to recognised standards. The residents also offer information, help and advice ranging from local cycle routes, clubs and the benefits of cycling to organised events.
As well as Recycles, The Sandwich People is another social enterprise run by The Salvation Army at Booth House in Swindon. Operating as a buffet delivery service with special orders to suit individual requirements, The Sandwich People gives the people who live at the lifehouse the opportunity to gain professionally accredited food handling training
They can also put themselves forward to be assessed for NVQ2 in customer service. As well as this, The Sandwich People aims to help people get into a regular routine and develop essential work skills.
The bread for the sandwiches is supplied fresh every morning and all salads and sandwiches are sold fresh on the day they are made. The Sandwich People even have their own allotment and greenhouse producing home grown salad crops in season for added freshness.
The idea of social enterprise as a way of engaging with people - supporting them into training, volunteering, and work - is not a new one.
Since its earliest days The Salvation Army has promoted opportunities for work and education. Hadleigh Farm was established more than 120 years ago and continues to provide training, support and work experience for people with special educational needs. The Army has a network of social enterprises operating throughout the UK.
Working closely with people to help support them to stay in their new tenancies, they give them the essentials to make their tenancy their home.
Our services support people’s physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs to help them re-engage with the community, improve their health and wellbeing, and maintain their tenancies.
We enable service users to access college and computer courses and help many get back in touch with families they may have become estranged from.
For many people, confidence or lack of it plays a big part in preventing them getting back on their feet. We create opportunities for men and women to work in groups to help them build that confidence.
We measure success by seeing a change in a life. Someone unloved, uncared for to becoming someone who is more confident and able to make friendships.