ERIC Number: EJ800172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Reference Count: 0
"Soup and Blankets Are Not Enough"
Adults Learning, v18 n9 p18-21 May 2007
This article features Crisis Skylight, a learning and activity centre, which opened in Spitalfields, East London, in 2002. Crisis Skylight was developed by Crisis, a national charity for single homeless people. It gives homeless people a chance to learn alongside other, non-homeless, members of their communities. Skylight's remit was extended--with the creation of the centre's Learning Zone--to include more formal educational opportunities, in particular, basic skills provision, aimed at giving learners "the basic building blocks that people need for employment." In 2006, the Learning Zone engaged with 342 learners, and learners gained 312 qualifications. And since the opening, 18 months ago, of the Skylight Cafe--which provides work placements in catering and hospitality--30 homeless people from the centre have been helped into employment. Other vocational courses, in subjects such as plumbing, carpentry and bicycle repair--all of them free to learners--have followed. Treating the homeless people with respect--as full "members" of the centre--is crucial in helping them turn their lives around.
Descriptors: Human Services, Employment, Homeless People, Educational Opportunities, Adult Learning, Access to Education, Community Programs, Basic Skills, Adult Basic Education, Job Skills, Vocational Education, Social Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
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