Accenture is a key supporter of Depaul, funding employability programmes to help the young homeless people build new skills and overcome the barriers they face to gaining employment.
Since 2013 alone, Accenture has helped Depaul to equip more than 700 young homeless people with the skills they need to get a job, through donating £150,000 to the Get the Skills to Succeed programme, funding employability workshops, mentoring, and funding job-hunting sessions and mock interviews.
During this period 80 Accenture volunteers have given their time to support our projects and help young people on their journey into employment.
Amanda is an Accenture employee who signed up as a Depaul mentor. After completing the mentoring training, she was was matched with Steph, a young person living within a Depaul hostel.
Amanda mentored Steph for four months, meeting with her weekly to help with everyday issues and identify new opportunities.
This work included completing housing applications, budgeting and course applications. She also helped Steph organise key appointments, for the local Job Centre, GP and hospital, and even provided extra support by accompanying her.
As a result, Steph is now on a training placement and says: “I feel so much more confident and I know now how to look for and apply for courses and training. Each week I really looked forward to my mentoring sessions - and Amanda’s been great.
"My focus is to get a job and I can now try to do this on my own. It has been really nice having someone to attend appointments with me and I feel so much happier now.”
Accenture employees continue to go the extra mile for Depaul UK by taking part in fundraising events throughout the year, from the London Marathon and Ride 100 London to organising treasure hunts and pub quizzes.
In total, through grants and fundraising, Accenture has raised a fantastic £460,000 since our partnership began in 2006.