Under 1 Roof is a training and development centre owned and run by St Martins. We offer support for vulnerable adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by offering opportunities to develop the skills that will help them to live independently within the community. We opened in 2010, originally to provide St Martins service users with a means to access the workplace. Over time, this changed to include those at risk of homelessness due to mental health, debt or substance misuse issues, or reintegration into the community after a period in an institution.
Although our emphasis is clearly on developing the skills that will allow our members to find work and live independently, much of what is on offer is informal learning to help build confidence and self-esteem, which can inspire people to go onto further training.
Our sessions include basic IT skills, numeracy and literacy, art, Under 1 Riff (our music group), mindfulness, yoga, Tai Chi, drug and alcohol awareness and many more. For members looking for work we run an employment session called Future in Focus which helps with applications, cover letters, CVs and finding training to gain qualifications needed to compete for jobs. Our Trusted Tenants Programme is accredited to NOCN (National Open College Network) and the Chartered Institute for Housing and supports people in their search for accommodation.
A full timetable of activities, courses and sessions can be found on the Under 1 Roof website www.under-1-roof.co.uk