Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people.
Berkeley Foundation has been working with Crisis since 2013. Our strategic partnership has three aims:
- to support people who have experienced homelessness to get back into work;
- to support young people experiencing homelessness to access stable tenancies;
- to engage Berkeley staff with the issue of homelessness.
Our partnership aims to help 70 people per year access education, employment or training via Crisis' Employment Services Teams across London. Since the partnership began, we have helped over 450 Crisis members to access education, employment or training support. In 2018 we supported 87 people, with 37 of those moving into work.
In addition to funding Crisis' services, we have helped broker employment opportunities for Crisis members through the Job Creation Programme and more recently through our participation in the Employment Platform, which is held twice a year. Through these events, Berkeley has assisted Crisis members with employability skills, and 25 Crisis members have progressed into work with the Berkeley Group or its supply chain.
Crisis also provides Berkeley Group staff with opportunities to fundraise and volunteer throughout the year. In 2018, we had 44 staff members volunteer at day shelters as part of Crisis at Christmas, and in 2019, 97 staff members raised over £24,000 by participating in the Square Mile Run.