As mentioned in our recent blog Jane's status as a member was pending but we are pleased to announce that now Jane is a full member of The House of St Barnabas, a fantastic not-for-profit members club opened on 1st October in the heart of Soho. With such a great opportunity we thought it best to spread the word and talk to Jane about what she’s looking forward to most.
The House of St Barnabas (HoSB) has worked with the homeless since 1846. Formerly a hostel before becoming a hospitality training centre its mission is to support London’s homeless back in to work. HoSB has created “an Employment Academy focusing on the individual, boosting personal development, building confidence and teaching hospitality industry-specific skills, accredited by The City & Guilds. Everyone that enrols at the Academy will receive supported on-site work experience at the club”.
For me, I really wanted to get involved with a charity where you can see what is being done with the contributions. At the HoSB we, the members, get to enjoy being part of a private club and using the beautiful facilities, which in turn means the charity can support people who have been homeless, giving them real world employment training and skills to give them independence for the future. On a personal level, I would really like to become a mentor too and support somebody on a one to one basis. I think this will be challenging in terms of understanding the issues around homelessness and finding work, but also extremely rewarding to be able to help and encourage someone.
With the club’s location being so central, I am very much looking forward to having meetings with candidates and clients (many of them based in Soho too) and enjoying the bar and restaurant facilities whilst all the while supporting the charity – what a great idea!
To find out more about the work that HoSB do please visit http://hosb.org.uk/
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