In 2010, Julian House launched its first social enterprise – the Bath Bike Workshop. This project offers accredited employability and work-specific training, qualifications, work experience opportunities, job coaching and in-work support.
One of the most successful projects within the Bath Bike Workshop is the Build-a-Bike scheme. Over a six-week course, each participant learns to refurbish a second-hand bicycle that has been donated. The course is accredited by AQA and provides individuals the opportunity to learn new work-related skills and build self-confidence. Participants, then, own these bikes, which gives them the opportunity to experience independence and enjoy the health benefits of cycling.
Cathy Adcock, Area Funding Manager at Julian House said, “The support of Altus and its employees will bring huge benefits our charity. In our experience, homeless people face a range of issues, which act as barriers and hinder access to mainstream education, training and employment opportunities. There is clear evidence that employment can be a major contributing factor in helping individuals to transform their lives for the better. Schemes such as Build-a-Bike, which help people develop work related skills, rely on grants and voluntary income so the support from Altus is hugely welcomed. The company’s donation will contribute to the running of a programme that makes a difference to many peoples’ lives.”
Martyn Evans, Head of Consulting at Altus said: “We are incredibly proud to be supporting a charity that helps people in the local area. The activities and training that Julian House deliver to help homeless people gain the skills they need to seek employment is hugely valuable and we are looking forward to working closely with the charity throughout the year.”