Camerados want to combat Isolation. This is the root of addiction, homelessness, crime, poor health and more.
A 6 day programme over 5 weeks working directly with people who are experiencing tough times – homelessness, addiction, domestic violence, mental health issues etc. We rapidly prototype micro-businesses and projects created by participants based on their talents and the gaps in the local market.
This creates fellowship behind a common purpose. It develops self-esteem and builds trust; teaches a range of skills including logistics and teamwork; provides work experience; raises aspirations and in the most successful cases provides a job and income.
What’s unique is that participants’ micro-businesses are given shares and become owners of Camerados. As a co-operative movement members support other groups to get started and keep going, so they have friends and purpose across the country.
How can you do it?
You will need:
- A staff member to be the designated Camerado champion for the period of the programme.
- Access to a meeting space that isn’t associated with a “service”. We can convert some “meanwhile space” if you have access to some.
- 10 – 15 people with tough lives who could benefit from the programme. We work with people at any stage of their life even those in crisis.
- Access to funding to cover our costs plus £500 seed money for the business.