A visit from Will Quince MP
Will Quince MP recently visited Hargood House in Colchester to meet people we’ve supported into work.
Mr Quince, who is the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, came to celebrate this year’s Employability Day and the role of social housing in helping people to access work or volunteering.
During the visit, Mr Quince (back row, fifth from left above) chatted with three people we’ve supported:
- Sydney, who joined Peabody as a finance apprentice and has just started a full time role here
- Paul, a customer living in a specialist mental health scheme in Colchester, who has been doing mental health peer support training, and
- Lawrence, who volunteers in the local Oxfam shop following his rehabilitation from an acquired brain injury.
Mr Quince, seen centre above, also learned more about how we support homeless people at schemes like Hargood House. He said:
"Everyone should have the same opportunity to experience the benefits of the world of work, and I’m committed to finding ways to better support vulnerable and disadvantaged people into employment.
"A stable job and home touches all aspects of someone’s life, and it’s been terrific to celebrate the local organisations working together to help people move into and progress in work."
Moira Griffiths, Peabody's Director Care and Support Services, was pleased to host Mr Quince. She added:
"Along with meeting people we have helped, we showed Will how the additional support we provide can offer the hand-up needed to assist vulnerable people to take a step towards full employment.
"He also learned about some of the barriers that affect people who find themselves homeless and he was keen to share some of government thinking on that topic."
Between April and May this year, Peabody supported 74 people into work or apprenticeships and we had 37 active volunteers. We organised this event in partnership with Give Us a Chance and the Employment Related Services Association.