The need for our service is clear
For the individual, unemployment is one of the biggest causes of poverty and associated with physical and mental health challenges, high mortality rates and academic underperformance. For the state, one unemployed person costs £6,897pa in benefits and lost tax revenue (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).
The women we support are at greatest risk of economic hardship and discrimination. In the last year, 44% of clients had been unemployed for over a year, 18% had applied for over 50 jobs and 10% had applied for over 100 jobs before coming to Smart Works. In addition, 37% were single mothers, 16% have a disability and 52% were from an ethnic minority.
What our clients gain from their appointment
Trusted and externally validated
The Smart Works service is underpinned by an acclaimed Theory of Change and an external impact evaluation that validated our work at Level 2 in standards of evidence (as set out by Nesta, the Government’s innovation charity). This means we can capture data that shows positive change.
In 2018, Smart Works completed a process evaluation. The research concluded that the Smart Works service brought about a profound change in clients and highlighted the strength and quality of our volunteers.
We were proud to be recognised as Social Action Charity of the year in the 2017 Charity Awards
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