Friends First understand that there can be many barriers to people gaining employment and that over time a person's confidence can only take so many knocks.
No matter the barriers you face, your background, or the time you might feel you need, if you are motivated to move toward employment and are able to volunteer at least one day a week, Friends First could offer you a turning point in your search for paid work and a brighter future.
Friends First offer a wide range of opportunities, from maintenance, construction and furniture manufacture, through to catering, office work, and conference centre experiences.
The programme is open to applicants who identify with one or a number of the below:
have experienced long term unemployment or faced barriers to employment e.g low self confidence or having a criminal record
have found it difficult to sustain full-time employment
have experienced homelessness
have been dependent on substances
have experienced relational or emotional difficulties
have found it difficult to sustain independent living
men and women over 18
currently living free of misusing drink and drugs
motivated to engage with a work based training programme
housed, in temporary accommodation or currently homeless
- aspiring to achieve paid employment and independent living