Project information

Way to Work

To give disadvantaged people the training and business skills to succeed in today's workforce and become self-sufficient thereby decreasing the poverty and unemployment levels in the area.

February 2016 - October 2016

Charity information: Sparks Of Hope

Sparks Of Hope
  • Need


    We operate in LB Hackney where poverty and unemployment levels are high. In 2012 this borough had the highest number of working-age adults in UK receiving out-of-work benefits.
    University is a far off dream for many due to lack of funds, cultural barriers or ineligibility for scholarships. This leaves many capable adults with little chance to achieve a well paying job.
    Unemployment leads to severe poverty and deprivation, low confidence and self esteem,crime rates increase and family breakdown.


    Getting people on the road to gainful employment and self sufficiency by providing a range of vocational and professional courses for those looking for a job, and business skills training and guidance for those intending to run their own business.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase access of disadvantaged people to accredited vocational training courses.


    » Basic and advanced training courses in; IT, bookkeeping, accounting, web knowledge.
    » For people with ESL (English as a second language) basic and advanced courses in English language.
    » Referrals and support in the process of accessing further higher education OR training.

    What success will look like

    Success will mean disengaged, unemployed adults signing up for vocational training, with all courses offered being filled to capacity.

    Aim 2

    To improve 'employability' of disadvantaged adults and support them in the job seeking process.


    » Careers guidance and support in job seeking.
    » Training in CV writing and interview skills.

    What success will look like

    Success will mean adults who have despaired of employment actively reaching out and engaging in a productive job seeking process.

    Aim 3

    To give potential entrepreneurs the tools to successfully launch their own businesses.


    » Training and guidance in business management skills such as financial management, market research, marketing, HR.
    » Start-up businesses incubation, small scale loans and handholding through the beginning phase.

    What success will look like

    Success will mean that enterprising individuals with a business idea are given the skills, tools and resources to turn their idea into a profit-making reality.

  • Impact


    We have set the following performance indicators to measure the success of the project and the long term outcomes:
    95% of participants in vocational courses achieve accreditation.
    90% of course graduates find paid employment within 6 months of course end.
    80% of people receiving business advice, loans and incubation successfully launch their own profitable businesses.


    The following were identified as very low risks:
    • Low interest-this will be mitigated through having interested individuals commit to participation at project launch
    • Staff leaving-this will be mitigated through having committed, professional staff contracted at project start. We keep a shortlist of potential employees should staff need to leave due to extenuating circumstances
    • Loans defaulted-to avoid this we set up system of training, mentoring, regular reporting for business on scheme.


    Baseline employment rates, as well as attendance and achievement levels will be recorded, and development of businesses on the project will be closely monitored.
    Information and outcomes will then be compiled as a quarterly report to be sent to stakeholders.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £65,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,000 Computer hardware Computers, smart board, printers
      £13,500 Computer software Necessary Computer programs such as Quickbooks
      £18,500 Training courses Staff and resources costs
      £9,000 Workshops Business setup & Budgeting Workshops
      £4,500 Educational materials Learning Materials
      £3,500 Admin Registration, advertising and publicitiy costs, travel for volunteers

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Mr Simon Grossman £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will be delivered in Hackney which is ranked as one of the most deprived areas in England, and which has the highest level of unemployment, evidenced through the highest number of working-aged people on out-of-work benefits.


    . The project will benefit disadvantaged adults who lack qualifications and therefore cannot successfully find employment. Many beneficiaries are from BME backgrounds and face additional barriers due to them having ESL (English as a second language.)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Sparks of Hope was founded by a business entrepreneur who watched his friends, neighbours and family members flailing in the business world due to their lack of vocational and business skills. Determined to give his local community a chance at financial success,he set up SOH along with others dedicated to this cause. In the last year-the first year of operations, this project has already enabled 63 adults to find paid employment, giving them and their families financial stability and confidence

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mozes Damen

    Mr Damen is a dynamic and experienced project manager who is passionate about offering disadvantaged people a fair chance at success.