bht_logo_on_grey.pngROCC have been in partnership with BHT First Base, a charity working with people who are homeless in Sussex, since 2014.

Chris Potter, ROCC Managing Director says ‘We are always interested in helping in the local community. BHT’s First Base is a great project with a great success record. As a business that works in the Housing space it gives us great insight into some of the considerable difficulties for people who have fallen off the housing radar for various reasons. ROCC has helped in many ways from offering practical assistance such as Work Orientation Days to try and normalise coming back to work for those that can and want to as well as arranging collections for everyday items such as shampoo and toothpaste . It’s an evolving partnership which we hope both sides will benefit from.’

Simon Hughes Operational Manager of BHT First Base says “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with ROCC. Lots of our clients are ready to start work but face many barriers that prevent them from securing employment. The ROCC work orientation days alongside our Big Lottery Funded work and learning project we provide at First Base already has helped our clients enormously. We are look forward to ROCC's invaluable and continued partnership.”

Client learning experience at First BaseBHT First Base operates in the centre of Brighton for the provision of support to assist people who are homeless or vulnerably housed in Brighton and Hove to move on from the streets or insecure accommodation and realise their aspirations. Every week we support many people to move away from living on the streets but every week more people end up on the streets of Brighton and Hove.

Several services run from First Base including our Big Lottery Funded First Impressions Project (work and learning service), CCG funded PASH (promotional and awareness of sexual health), Heritage Lottery Funded Heritage Project (heritage and cultural activities), and our self- funding Social Enterprise companies Dine (catering) and BHT Retail (on-line store).

This month we have helped many people homeless in Brighton including:

  • 2 people have started paid work. Despite still having to sleep rough, they managed to find work using the IT equipment at First Base and then apply and successfully interview. One has secured work as an assistant manager in a shop and one is now a kitchen porter.
    •  2 more people have moved into accommodation as a result of engaging with their case workers at First Base. One has moved to supported accommodation in Nottingham and one has moved into a hostel in Brighton.

    Access To Work Programme

    Chris Potter, Managing Director of ROCC recently took part in a workshop run by Brighton Housing Trust, entitled, ‘Understanding Employee Expectations’

    This workshop is part of a programme which offers people who have experienced homelessness, mental health or substance misuse difficulties an opportunity to prepare for work. 

    Initially the programme offers participants a series of workshops helping them to prepare for the work place. Further to this there is an option for participants to go on a 2 week work placement or to do some voluntary work.

    Chris said, "ROCC were pleased to participate in this programme, the workshop aimed to give delegates an opportunity to discuss and find out what the basic expectations of employers are.

    The workshop was well attended and allowed a lively debate to be held on the job interview process and an honest exchange of views on some of the approaches on how to meet employee expectations and best secure employment."



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