TESCO SWANSEA MARINA HELPS YOUNG HOMELESS PEOPLE INTO THE WORLD OF WORK
Some of our young people are being given work experience opportunities thanks to a partnership with our Regenerate team and the Swansea Marina Tesco store.
Two individuals, Sharie Messer and Malcolm Smith, have started work at the retailer’s Swansea Marina store as part of SYSHP’s Regenerate project, which helps to get young adults work ready. The programme will run for a total of six weeks.
The Oystermouth Road store has also given the young people a full work-appropriate outfit consisting of shoes, shirts, trousers and socks that they can keep and use for job interviews in the future.
Support for SYSHP is part of wider programme of activity currently being offered by Tesco to charities and community groups throughout Swansea, with the food retailer also working with Age Cymru Swansea Bay and Eastside Foodbank.
Regenerate is a Big Lottery funded project for young people aged 16-25 which helps them focus on their abilities and build resilience in order for them to break down barriers, or to progress into the world of work or training.
Mandy Walsh, store manager at Swansea Marina, said: “Whilst we are dedicated and focused on serving our customers and enhancing their shopping experience in our stores across Swansea, we are also keen to engage with and help to support our local community.
“SYSHP is doing fantastic work with the young people in this area and we are delighted to be supporting it in this way.”
Sharie, aged 22, is one of the young people participating in the work experience programme. She says: “I am really enjoying my work placement at Tesco. The staff are good to work with I feel like a team with them. I get along with everyone here and the customers. This work experience has really got me back to being myself. I do have my down days but I know I am working here and the people just cheer me up and I have really learnt a lot by working with Tesco.”
SYSHP’s office manager, Isobel Smith said: “Our vision is of a society where young people are valued for the contributions that they make; where they are the solution and not the problem.
“The work experience being offered by Tesco is invaluable in helping young people focus on their abilities and gain in confidence and we are very grateful for the help and support the store is providing.”