At the St Vincent de Paul society, we always strive to offer services and support based on what our communities require. Unemployment levels have surged during the Coronavirus pandemic, with many finding themselves out of work and unable to access limited support. We’d like to aid and support those in both short term and long term unemployment. Having been fortunate enough to be shortlisted for LNER’s Customer and Community Investment Fund, we’re now presented with the opportunity to run projects which tackle these issues within our communities.

If successful, our support centres in Leeds, Newcastle and Bradford will be able to facilitate workshops, job clubs, training and new opportunities. 

Within these services, a more specific, individual approach to mentoring will be available, helping people from the very start of their journey to hopefully find success and happiness, regardless of their circumstance. Services offered will range from CV and cover letter writing and interview preparations to finding out people’s passions and helping them achieve their goals.

As well as this, the Customer and Community Investment Fund would allow all centres to offer more volunteering opportunities for those in need of experience, in which individuals will be trained and supported within their roles, helping them gain the skills and confidence to enter the world of work. Through our existing volunteering programme, we’ve had many success stories of individuals who have gone onto do incredible things, while remaining connected to the centres, as we’re there every step of the way. At St Vincent’s, we pride ourselves in our caring approach in everything we do, remaining completely inclusive and compassionate - these prospective projects are no exception.

We’re so passionate about these projects and really hope we’re able to facilitate them with the help of this funding. This is where your support comes in...

Thank you, your vote means a lot.

Mo, his wife and 3 young children were brought to the centre by a local priest who had met them when they were housed in Leeds to seek asylum. Initially, the family came for migration advice. Mo was encouraged to join an ESOL class and his English improved quickly. Mo told us that he was struggling as he felt worthless and was unable to support his family and felt disconnected to the community. Mo was offered a volunteering opportunity in the centre`s community café where he now works a few days a week. Mo says he has been supported and also very much part of the St Vincent`s family. The family have relocated to the south of England after receiving right to remain but still regularly contact the centre to update on life and catch up with the team.