Thames Reach: i-Reach
Share your tech skills with people looking for work in Peckham
Who will I help?
Are you good at teaching people how to navigate the worldwide web?
i-Reach is part of the Thames Reach Digital inclusion programme at their centre in Southwark. Thames Reach is a homelessness charity working to empower individuals and help them gain access to employment. They provide computer workshops and 1:1 support to vulnerable individuals with little or no computer experience, allowing them to gain digital skills and build independence in an unthreatening, supportive environment.
How will I help?
Volunteering with the i-Reach programme is a fantastic way to use your professional and digital skills to promote positive change in individuals’ lives.
Though the workshops are of mixed ability, you’ll be working 1:1 with service users and you’ll likely to find yourself:
• Supporting job searches
• Helping service users to engage directly with email, Word, PowerPoint etc.
• Demonstrating how to download and upload attachments
What Can I Expect
Volunteering at homelessness charities can be as challenging as it is rewarding. They provide services to some of the people who are most at need in our society including those suffering from addiction, mental health issues and the results of long periods of destitution. As a result you may witness people exhibiting threatening behaviour or being verbally abusive – although this certainly doesn’t go for everyone you will be working with. You’ll be briefed on arrival on how to deal with difficult circumstances and given guidance on how to raise any concerns. However, you should never be asked to work on your your own with service users.