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Housing Day 2019: Cooking up a new career

7 October 2019
People enjoying themselves in a kitchen

Charlotte Jordan from Shiregreen in Sheffield has launched a new career after taking part in a local project delivered by Sanctuary Housing and Blend – a unique restaurant focused on enhancing people’s lives.

A 12-week course offering specialist catering training gave local people the chance to prepare for future employment in the food industry.

Charlotte said: “I started the Blend project at a very low time in my life, and it became so much more than just a training course.”

Following her initial two weeks on the programme, Charlotte was offered a volunteer role, and now works front of house at Blend’s Sheffield restaurant.

She said: “Not only has the course provided me with paid employment, but it’s given me back my emotional and mental stability. The improvement it’s made to my way of life is incredible.”

We’re sharing Charlotte’s story to mark national Housing Day, which this year has the theme of ‘Community Investment’, celebrating the positive impact social housing providers can make by supporting projects in local communities.

Sanctuary invested £1.4 million in community projects during 2018/2019, helping 5,505 people develop a new skill, 1,756 people access training and 137 people to move into paid employment.

More about how Sanctuary invests in local communities can be found in our 2018/2019 Impact Report.



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