The Skills Enterprise is an innovative community organisation in East London, working in one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. Each week we support local residents to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, find employment and develop the confidence to achieve their goals and transform their lives.
At the core of the Centre’s thinking is our belief in people and their capacity to achieve amazing things.
At the heart of the model is the phrase “assume it’s possible”. This encapsulates a determination to ensure that everyone who engages with the Centre is enabled to reach their full potential.
Key to this is the way Centre staff support individuals, both formally and informally, over many years. The end result is people achieving changes in their lives and circumstances that they never dreamed were possible when they first arrived.
Our focus is on supporting disadvantaged people, adults and families who can be hard to reach through conventional statutory service support. Our approach is therefore based on three key principals.
Making it easy for people to access support by bringing services together and delivering a friendly and sensitive service locally.
Offering a broad holistic range of services so people can find help for both their most immediate problems and longer term deep-seated issues.
Encouraging people to gradually build up the skills and confidence they need to progress in life and build a positive future for their families.
Each month, we support over 20 people to learn new skills, find employment, improve their health and wellbeing and develop the confidence to achieve their goals.
Improving education and welfare opportunities for local people
Reducing levels of poverty, improving quality of life & support to those who need it the most
Encouraging local people to engage with their community and to play an active role in issues relevant to their lives.
The team is made up of 5 trustees, 1 Part-time projects manager, 1 admin assistant, 8 digital champions (volunteers), 12 Steering group members & 18 volunteers. 25 part time staff, 21 sessional staff and 56 active volunteers.
Together we represent a wide range of ages, cultures, religions, ethnicities and walks of life. But the thing that unites us is our shared passion for working together to Break the Barriers.