building confidence and new skillsets
The Sitooterie venture will provide valuable learning experiences and enable homeless people to gain practical skills and confidence. The organisers believe passionately that this initiative will provide opportunities within a rewarding team environment and act as a catalyst for participants to return to full-time employment.
Tog Studio will lead the design of innovative projects to ensure the developments are useful, low-tech, resourceful and safe. The team have been working with the residents of the hostel from the early stages during design workshops to build a real sense of ownership – this approach can be scaled and applied to larger projects providing even greater opportunities for others to build on these skills.
The team hope to deliver this project in a way which improves participants' employability prospects through accreditation and links with the local construction industry.
The RSA Catalyst funding has helped the venture to be set-up and delivered as an exemplar first project. This project can now be used to leverage further funding for similar projects in other hostels. The Salvation Army operates in over 126 countries and has almost 3,000 service units meaning there is an opportunity to apply the approach of this initial project in a large number of other locations.
There is the opportunity to build on the initial concept too so that the residents of the hostels can complete training schemes which can help them begin a career in construction. As a way to sustain the venture, we aim to explore ideas with The Salvation Army to assess the feasibility of providing opportunities for residents to be part of real construction projects such as the renovation and extension of existing TSA properties, in addition to the construction of new purpose built facilities.