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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.

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