Traditional approaches to unemployment focus on individual (isolated) approaches i.e. better job applications, or self-employment. Collage takes a more collaborative approach.
Collage views people who are “between jobs” or seeking to enter the labour market as a valuable resource, especially if they can be brought together in “collaboration groups”. We take an integrated approach of training workshops (helping people to assess their personal situation in the wider context of changing patterns of work) and collaboration groups (where people can collaborate on various projects for their personal and common good).
Collage offers training workshops. Workshops include ideas around innovative ways of working, collaboration, and generally being “stronger together”.
Rather than operating as competitive and isolated individuals, we firmly believe that people are stronger when they support and collaborate with each other.
Benefits of being part of a Collage collaboration group include, social interaction, confidence and self-esteem from continuing to be of value, skill retention and development of new skills, developing a useful network and circle of trust, achieving personal goals relating to community development and/or creating new personal opportunities for paid work.
The workshops can be ‘stand alone only’. However, after the workshops there is also the opportunity for participants to join collaboration groups. Collaboration groups would agree and execute projects. At one extreme projects would be of social benefit to the community, but no financial benefit to the collaborators. At the other extreme the projects would be for economic benefit to the collaborators i.e. new business collaborations. Other projects would be a mix of those two.
We currently hold weekly face-to-face meetings in Croydon, South London, you can also join our online community. If you would like us to host a Collaboration Workshop for your community please just talk to us! — call Nikki Fishman on 0788 7927515.