The Circle Story
HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE FIND SUSTAINABLE WORK
Circle Collective supports young people experiencing a range of barriers to find permanent, life-changing work. The charity, Circle Community, runs our successful #BackYourFuture programme, while our social enterprise, Circle Collective, runs three streetwear stores that serve as a training ground for our young people. We aim for all profits from our stores to be fully reinvested back into the training of young people and #BreakingTheCircle of youth unemployment.
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We’ve put over 850 young people into employment.
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Circle Community is a charity based in three of London’s most deprived areas: Hackney and Lewisham, and now Canary Wharf. We believe that every young person who would like to work should be given the opportunity to do so. We support unemployed young people experiencing multiple disadvantages and barriers in order for them to secure sustainable employment in an industry they care about.
Our specialised Back Your Future programme provides a space for young people aged 16-30 to build their confidence, self-esteem and skills in order to find long-term jobs, financial independence or training opportunities. Our unique programme combines frequent CV workshops, employability skills training and networking opportunities, as well as confidence building exercises and mental health and well-being workshops.
Most of the young people we work with can’t get a job through lack of experience. But they can’t get experience because they can’t get a job. Currently, 46% of the young people who come to us lack any work experience at all. To overcome this, all trainees on our programme do shifts on the shop floor of our social enterprise, Circle Collective, providing them with much needed, structured work experience.
Since 2012, we have now helped over 850 young people into permanent work. Over 70% of young people who complete our course move into employment, education or training outcomes. This means we offer a strong return on investment, with £2.39 of social value is generated from every £1 we spend.
You can read our 2021/2022 social impact report HERE.