Project information


GIRAFE (Giving Insight Regarding the Affects of Finding Employment.) The project will aim at implementing 'Welfare-to-Work' attitude in unemployed individuals by improving their confidence, so they can rejoin the workforce.

January 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: Family Psychological Services Limited

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  • Need


    The project will aim at
    1. Implementing Welfare-to-Work Attitude
    2. Increasing confidence of unemployed individuals
    3. Stopping the cycle of BENEFIT-DEPENDENCY
    4. Providing support to unemployed individuals to gain employment skills


    The project will solve the problem by:
    1. Identifying and eradicating the barriers to employment
    2. Implementing a formal action plan to manage the barriers to employment based on a recognized mental health theoretical framework of the individuals problems.
    3. Providing support to increase confidence levels of unemployment individuals
    4. Helping the individuals in gaining employment skills

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To empower the individual to actively seek employment.


    » Employment Workshops, which will target at the psychological issues which hinder an individual from gaining employment. Eg: stress, confidence.
    » Training and support, which will help the unemployed individual to gain the employment skills.

    Sucess will be demonstrated by the number of job applications made by the participants and the employment sustained.

    Aim 2



    » Workshops, which will help the individual understand the personal barriers, practical obstacles and issues which might be hindering their employment.

    Success will be demonstrated by the number of individuals who stop the usage of benefits.

  • Impact


    Long Term changes:
    1. The cycle of benefits-dependency be broken
    2. Improving the social and economical standing of the participants

    The success will be demonstrated by an external project evaluation.


    Lack of awareness of the project: We will market the project to ensure our target audience is aware of the project.
    The suitability of participants: We will provide a highly specialized assessment process to ensure client suitability.
    Lack of funding: We are actively seeking alternative funding to ensure the success of the project.


    We will send our donors quarterly:
    1. Project Update reports
    2. internal evaluation
    3. External evaluations

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,521

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      Amount Heading Description
      £450 Staff costs Staffing costs
      £1,622 Volunteer costs Recruitment/training, DBS Check admin fees, Travel Expenses, Volunteer supervision
      £550 Operational/overhead costs evaluation costs/renting premises
      £1,499 Capital costs Direct project cost (stationery printing)
      £400 Publicity costs Marketing etc.
  • Background


    The project will be delivered in London Borough of Lewisham. Lewisham is one of the most deprived areas of London, with a high level of unemployment and poverty. As a person's ability to gain employment is key to keeping the community thriving, both economically and socially, it seems of paramount importance that these needs are addressed.


    The project aims at benefiting 150 beneficiaries from the London Borough of Lewisham. The participants of the project will be unemployed and receiving benefits.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Family Psychological Services Limited (FPS) has successfully established its firm roots in the community in which it operates. FPS works with individuals and other voluntary organisations in and around the London Borough of Lewisham. FPS has proved that it is a valuable and an innovative organisation addressing the underlying causes for mental distress. FPS helps the hard to reach communities who are forgotten by statutory services

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tania Christoffeisz

    Tania is the founder and clinical director of FPS. She will bring her expert skills and knowledge to facilitate the project.

    Poonam Mahadik

    Poonam is the legal co-ordinator. She will organise and manage the project ensuring that it is run smoothly and within budget.

    Corinna Shea

    Volunteer co-ordinator and co-facilitator

    Maria Watson

    Volunteer Co-ordinator