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Partnering to upskill the homeless

Partnering to upskill the homeless

8 October 2019
Yusuf Khan from J&M Cleaning training Streetscapes members

Partnerships to upskill the City Centre’s homeless community and provide them with opportunities to improve their lives are yielding positive results.

In the latest project, the CCID Social Development department teamed up with J&M Cleaning Services to train homeless individuals who are known to the Long Street community and are participating in the "Make Long Street Better" project.

CCID Social Development Manager Pat Eddy explains: “We facilitated the training programme, suggesting that our Urban Management department approach its cleaning contractor, J&M Cleaning Services, to train participants on the 'Make Long Street Better' project in window cleaning.”

The Make Long Street Better project by Long Street Associates in conjunction with the CCID and Streetscapes, is a work-based rehabilitation programme that was launched on 1 April 2019.  Its aim is to uplift the lives of known homeless individuals in Long Street by providing them with work and the means to earn a living. A number of businesses in the area have come on board and are financially supporting the project by making a contribution of R500 per month.

Pat says the window-cleaning training was made available to five Streetscapes participants at the J&M offices after businesses in the area indicated that they would like to have their windows cleaned in addition to the cleaning services the participants provide in the area.

“We wanted to provide additional services to the Long Street businesses and cleaning of windows was a specific request,” says Pat.

PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SKILLS TRAINING

Pat adds that it is also important to provide additional skills training so that the services of participants are valued, and they are able to take pride in their work. “It is very encouraging that the businesses have continued to support the Streetscapes project and with participants acquiring additional skills, they will be able to provide a more professional service.”

Richard Beesley, CCID Urban Management Manager who attended the training, confirmed it went well and was also well received. “I would like to thank J&M Cleaning Services for stepping in to upskill the participants,” he added.

  • If you would like to make a financial contribution to the "Make Long Street Better" project, use the following banking details to make your contribution on the 25th of every month to Streetscapes:

Name of account: Khulisa Fundraising Account
Bank: Standard Bank
Account number: 370670124
Branch: Hyde Park

Reference: Streetscapes Long Street plus your company/shop name

For more information, please contact Jesse on 083 700 6064 or e-mail jesse@khulisa.org.za or Ed Saunders at info@fork-restaurants.co.za

IMAGE: Scott Arendse, CCID Online Coordinator

Tags: Pat Eddy CCID Social Development Make Long Street Better project CCID