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SE17Working has recently been awarded a grant from DWP for an exciting new programme. The programme will offer employability and job brokerage support and training for JCP benefit claimants with a focus on those disadvantaged since Covid-19 from the BAME community who are women and or parents. The funding will be used to engage up to 50 eligible unemployed claimants primarily, from Lambeth & Southwark Boroughs who are in receipt of a means tested benefit which will be either Universal Credit, Jobseekers Allowance, Unemployment Support Allowance or Income Support.

Referrals will be made through Job Centre Plus Work Coaches in the Borough of Lambeth & Southwark which are Kennington Park, London Bridge, Peckham, Streatham & Stockwell JCP Jobcentres.

If you are interested and eligible for this type of support, please contact your JCP Work Coach and click here for more information.


SE17Working Independent Lives Project

The SE17Working Independent Lives Project aimed to provide jobs which focused on sectors that provided the best outcomes for our residents, and support for those already in work, on low pay or employed in sectors which contribute to unstable tenancies, and support them to move on to the next job in a career path. Clients also benefited from an essential aftercare package specifically for those whom have recently found employment; or have been difficult to engage with; and/or are isolated; suffering from in work poverty/low waged to maximise sustained employment; and support towards more independent lives.

The project was open to, aged 18 and over, living on the Aylesbury Estate and the immediate surrounding local area.

The main activities were designed to increase sustained economic activity, and support independent living through

· Support into employment and apprenticeships

· workshops and general training for those seeking employment

· Increase confidence

The project featured a 4 steps programme; Referrals; Self-Assessment; Action Plan and Group Activities; and Self Assessment Review.

At Self-Assessment and Review stage we saw that a large percentage of clients that were looking for support with employment felt that they already had relevant job skills and experience thus falling into “Learning” zone at 47%. However their lack of confidence in being able to find work independently was evident with the majority of them falling into the “Believing and Trying” zone at 36%.

Over the life of the project we have engaged with over 953 individuals, formed a working selection of 563 of these, and actively engaged with an average of 380 of these in any one quarter. We have sent 39,082 texts, and made 1323 client interactions, and delivered 21

different types of bespoke workshop. Due to Coronavirus guidance, the SE17Working office at the Giraffe House was closed for workshops and group sessions. After being furloughed for 80% of the time in July to September 2020, In October the team came back into the office for 50% of their time delivering directly again, and subject to government guidelines.

Key findings:

· Of the Active clients list 563, 253 found employment (45%)

· The average age of those who found employment is 33

· 78% of the overall job outcomes are BAME

· The top 3 sectors that employed our clients are Hospitality, Construction, and Education

· 51% of the overall job outcomes are Female

· 22% of the overall job outcomes are Lone Parents. Many young parents cannot make the transition into fulltime employment due to lack of childcare networks

· 28% of the overall job outcomes are 25. This is an increase over previous years which we believe is mainly due to our local employer employer engagement

· 16% of overall job outcomes are 50+. The main barriers are lack of up to date IT skills, and lack of confidence and motivaton due to the competitive job market, especially during lockdown

· 21% Have disclosed some type of mental health issue. Illnesses disclosed include present Suicide ideation, Psychosis, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar and personality disorders, anorexia ack of confidence

· Due to our expertise we estimate that approximately 57% of the active clients database have mental health issues

· 99.1% of the overall job outcomes are Southwark residents


Lone Parents:

More support in terms of building local child support networks, and investment in Childcare training so some have an opportunity of self employment rather that working for reduced hours with less pay.

Local Community Hubs:

Investment in spaces where local people can interact whilst learning to reduce isolation, increase confidence and develop life skills.

Mental Health:

Although Mental Health is more widely publicised, there is still some way to go in terms of making it ‘acceptable’ for some, particularly in BAME Communities.


Theory of change 

To view the Theory of Change in more detail, please click here


SE17Working: Tackling Unemployment and Inequality

SE17Working is proud to be submitting our paper to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Social Mobility. Our paper highlights the disadvantages that BAME jobseekers face in finding and staying in work and what we do to help them overcome these barriers.

The key part of our findings are;

– We believe that the SE17Working programme works because the services we provide incorporate cultural dynamics into the journey into finding employment. With our staff also being from BAME families, we directly identify with our clients and we are able to have a full understanding of their emotional and physical barriers to employment. The team can ask the right questions, respect boundaries, and get to the ‘bare bones’ of what the client needs. This may be lack or loss of identity, and an inability to articulate feelings without having to lose their pride in the process.

– We provide a culturally-themed hot meal at all workshops we deliver, to align with the BAME culture of eating and engaging, and have a well-equipped and conveniently located training space. This helps to aid retention for the duration of the activity, which in turn maximises learning. It also encourages conversation, helping to build relationships for those who are feeling isolated and giving them strength and stamina to stay on their path into work.

– We are committed to working with lone parents, a key target group in our community We see the economic and emotional effect that family breakdown and absent fathers has on the household. These hard-working women often have a complicated relationship with their sons as a result. Many of our black female clients go into care roles, mainly as there is a high demand and there are always vacancies. This type of work includes long shifts, so they are not always at home to spend time with their children, supporting them with homework, or eating together.

– Welfare to work delivery must be delivered through an established third sector body such as ours, which already has a connection with the community it serves. In our experience this body needs to offer the following to get positive, sustainable results:

         – flexible service delivery in a space close to clients’ homes

         – the ability to support with childcare needs

         – recognition of client diversity by employing staff and trainers who reflect it

         – recognition that clients have differing needs and barriers to employment

         – a supportive and safe training environment with hot food and drink

         – incentivising and celebrating client success

         – support for clients whilst in work, including travel bursaries and help to buy work-suitable                  clothing

To read the full SE17Working report click here: SE17 Working APPG Report

To read the APPG Summary report click here: Improving Opportunities Summary

To read the full APPG report click here: Improving Opportunities Full Report

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Dear SE17Working

The SE17Working Team is here to help solve problems that you may experience whilst in or out of employment. This page is dedicated to your queries, offering an expert or specialise solution. We look forward to hearing from you…..

Dear SE17Working

I lost my job during COVID19 and as we are coming out of the lockdown, I am beginning to apply for jobs so I can secure employment. I have mixed feelings about getting back to work as COVID19 has changed the world and are still not in the ‘all clear’. I never want to put myself or others at any harm. It feels scary to put myself and family at any risk. What do you recommend I do Mr Kamara, 44 Southwark

You are not alone with feeling scared at the effects and aftermath of the pandemic caused by COVID19. You are asking yourself the right questions before you take steps back into employment. One thing you can do to make yourself feel more aware about COVID19 and getting back to work is to complete a COVID Awareness training CPD Certificate. It is online distance learning, affordable and can be completed in your own time with no expiry time. Please see the link :

Dear SE17Working

I recently got a job offer as a part time Administrator, however I am in two minds of taking it. I have been claiming Universal Credit and I informed my JCP Work Coach and it appears if I take this job it will mean I am paying higher Council tax and will do more harm than good. I am ready to get back to working, and this job is perfect as I am a single parent and it can operate around childcare for my daughter. I don’t want to be worst off than I already am. Can you help me decide? Anonymous, 34 Southwark

Firstly, congratulations on your job offer, that is great news! This is very common when considering employment and coming off benefits. Making the right decision by you and your family can feel overwhelming at times especially when you do not have the correct information to help you. There are a few active things you can do, to help you get better insight to your new possible circumstances. You can use the Government’s official tool to help work out all your incomings versus your outgoings which is called a ‘Benefits Calculator’. Please see the link:

Additionally, you could also visit your local Citizen Advice Bureau to speak with an advisor and get free legal advice. There are several bureau’s in Southwark which you can attend, the link is provided below with appointment details:

All the Best

From the SE17Working Team

Dear SE17Working

I’ve been offered two jobs and the trouble is they are both very different. One is further out of London and better pay and the other is local with less pay. I don’t know what to do? – DS Wendover

Congratulations on your job offers! Very exciting news! Making decisions can be overwhelming especially when it’s a new job role. Something to help with making the right choices for you is to making a list of the Pro’s (positive) and Con’s (negatives). You will be able to see a clear idea of the better option of the two. Start with looking at the Pro’s and Con’s: Travel, Role, Organisation and Company Benefits.

Sometimes if the job location is nearer to home it can save time and travel expenses.

Look at the table of Pro’s and Con’s and use this as a template to get you started.

Good Luck!

SE17Working Team



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Over the past few years SE17Working, Creation’s employment programme, has achieved great things by securing over 700 jobs for local residents. You can see some of their case studies on this site.  NHG and Creation Trust  will  continue to work together in finding jobs and matching them with residents who are looking for work.  Both organisations will provide in-work support to help people get and keep the jobs they want. Pre- employment training courses will be provided to those who need them.  


Eleanor Purser, Former Director of Regeneration at NHG says;


Together with Southwark Council we are determined that regeneration brings opportunities to residents on the existing neighbourhood and across the borough. We have been delighted to work alongside Creation Trust for the last four years and that through our partnership with the Council we have been able to contribute financially to the essential, but independent support and advocacy they offer to residents affected by the regeneration. Closer working and sharing of best practice in how we can enable jobs and training is an opportunity to deepen our partnership and have the greatest possible positive impact on the well-being and success of residents and their communities in Southwark .”


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