Geneva Ellis: helping care leavers into employment
Geneva Ellis (CF 2012) from London is a Director at St Christopher’s Fellowship, a charity that provides homes and support for children and young people in care. In June 2020, Geneva received a Covid-19 Action Fund grant to provide education support to children in care during the pandemic. Since then, many young people in their homes in England have expressed concerns about having the skills to secure and sustain work once they leave care.
Geneva is receiving a second Action Fund grant to launch a pilot programme in England to support care leavers into employment. The Get Into Work programme will provide work experience opportunities to develop young people’s confidence and skills, as well as mentoring and support to help care leavers overcome difficulties finding work. The funding will enable the charity to hire a Get Into Work coordinator to deliver an apprenticeship programme and develop work experience opportunities, initially internally, within the organisation. The Coordinator will develop an accredited qualification that enables young people to mark their progress and achievements, and will track the impact of the pilot so that it can be developed and improved for more young people in the future. Geneva hopes this will enable care leavers to gain confidence in applying for jobs and raise their career aspirations.
Geneva’s Fellowship to Germany, Norway and Sweden in 2012 explored international children’s homes. It was supported by The Rank Foundation.