Blog posts from Charlotte Gibb

Kirsty's story

by Charlotte Gibb 1 December 2016 - 11:59am


Before Ready for Work, Kirsty hit a low point in her life when she was arrested and received a criminal conviction. However, she was surprised to find this was the wakeup...

Harold Evolve Housing + Support

A partnership for change

by Charlotte Gibb 30 June 2016 - 5:25pm

Towards the end of last year, Business in the Community formed a new partnership with Evolve Housing + Support to deliver Ready for Work. We caught up with Tano,...

Andy's story

by Charlotte Gibb 23 June 2016 - 5:01pm

Like many Ready for Work participants, Andy had experienced homelessness when he was referred to the programme. This is his story.

"It was 25th November...

Lloyd's story

by Charlotte Gibb 17 June 2016 - 4:55pm

Lloyd took part in Ready for Work in 2014, after being referred by his probation worker. With a criminal conviction he didn’t rate his chances of getting a job very highly. Thanks to...

Meet Steve: Ready for Work personal story

Meet Steve

by Charlotte Gibb 31 May 2016 - 10:18am

Life was normal for Steve* – he had a good job and was able to provide for his family. But when his marriage broke down he became depressed and unable to hold down a job. Despite a good...

Meet Aygun

by Charlotte Gibb 12 May 2016 - 4:09pm

In 2012, Aygun had to flee her home country and seek refugee status in the UK. Now she dresses windows in Birmingham’s flagship M&S store. This is her...

Meet Charn

by Charlotte Gibb 27 April 2016 - 3:33pm

Signing up to Business in the Community’s Ready for Work programme finally put an end to Charn’s year-long search for a job. Now, happily employed with leading...

Meet Stacey, a champion of responsible employment

by Charlotte Gibb 18 April 2016 - 8:00am

This year's Responsible Business Week is all about collaboration - because we believe that ideas for good get better when shared. That's why this week the Work...

A smart gift can make all the difference

by Charlotte Gibb 10 December 2015 - 12:59pm

A series of unexpected circumstances led to Michael finding himself homeless and out of work. Until 2003, he had a successful career as a stockbroker in London. But when he was made redundant from...