Crisis Skylight London celebrates
More than 100 Crisis Skylight London clients, volunteers, supporters and staff gathered at the Bishopsgate Institute to celebrate the learning achievements of clients.
The ceremony celebrated the work of all 536 homeless and vulnerably housed people who have attended classes at Crisis Skylight London over the last six months – from those who had completed basic skills courses, to artists and those who have successfully moved into employment.
Baroness King of Bow, Oona King, gave a rousing speech about the importance of learning and ambition, before joining Leslie Morphy, Chief Executive of Crisis, to present members with certificates.
Louise Simms, a graduate of the Crisis Skylight London Café, who has since moved into permanent employment at Planet Organic, spoke of the crucial skills and confidence she had gained through Crisis – and of the fulfillment she gets from her new role.
Milliners from the hat-making class modeled their beautiful designs. Former rough sleeper Stephen Grant received the Michael Arbab-Zadeh Excellence Award for his achievement in the creative arts, while Tom Hair and Lisa Leigh received special achievement awards for their progression in the creative arts.
Debbie Hilton, Director of Crisis Skylight London, said: “We had a fantastic day at the Bishopsgate Institute and had a lot to celebrate. Since April, 536 learners have attended a variety of skills development classes, of which 185 have received an accreditation. In addition, 56 people have moved into employment in the last four months.”
“We were thrilled to have been joined by Baroness King of Bow and our heartfelt congratulations go to every single one of our learners, who through hard work and determination have achieved a whole array of feats this term.”