Thames Reach Moving In Moving On (MiMo) project
Employment plays an important part of a person’s transition towards independence on their journey away from homelessness.
Thames Reach has high aspirations for all service users and follows a 5 step transitional model to help move people with high support needs towards meaningful occupation. Moving In Moving On (MiMo) project plays an integral part of this transition.
The MiMo project has been developed to help vulnerable people (particularly people who have experienced homelessness) to transition from worklessness into employment. Based at the Employment Academy in Camberwell, and accessible to people who have experienced homelessness from across the 33 London Boroughs.
Moving In Moving On (MiMo) is a painting and decorating training course run by Thames Reach, the aim of the course is to teach participants a set of skills that can be used at home and in the work place. In addition to these practical skills, MiMo also supports participants to develop their social skills and self-confidence and to work as a member of a team.
Training is in part delivered on site at the Thames Reach Employment Academy training rooms as well as on-site at an appropriate project.
In the past year, MiMo trainees have redecorated hostel rooms and communal areas of a project run by West London Mission and Emmaus who provide employment support and residential facilities for up to 40 homeless / vulnerable people.
The MiMo graduate exit interviews have highlighted that:
graduates now have a tool-kit which they can use for work
many graduates have found employment and use their painting and decorating skills
a number of graduates have gone on to take part in the 'Flowers' plastering and tiling course
graduates have learnt new skills in a classroom setting as well as a practical application of newly learnt skills in a real work setting
5 graduates have had an opportunity to give something back to their community
graduates have been able to develop their self-confidence, consider the needs of others and develop their ability to work in a team
graduates have had the opportunity to access numeracy, literacy and ICT training so that they are able to price up a painting & decorating job
graduates have had the chance to meet and socialise with new people, build positive friendships and develop team skills.