Galvin’s Chance is a programme that was initiated with Chris Galvin and Fred Sirieix in 2009 with funding from DM Thomas Foundation for Young People to support candidates aged between 18-25 who live in areas of high depravity and may be ask risk of local gang culture and high gun and knife crime.
Galvin’s Chance provides training for 20 candidates over a four week period focused upon preparing candidates for employment in food and beverage within highly reputable hospitality establishments throughout London. Candidates then undertake a two week placement and support into employment.
Once candidates complete their probation period with the employer they then have the opportunity to undertake a Hospitality Apprenticeship with Lifetime.
Prior to being put in contact with Springboard, Damian was at University studying graphic design and ended up dropping out by the end of that year. This made him unsure about what he wanted to do and he felt that his life started going downhill and couldn’t secure a job. Getting involved with the wrong crowd, Damian was arrested in 2012 after completing his sentence Damian didn’t have any direction of where to go and felt stuck.
He was put through to the Galvin’s Chance programme, run by The Springboard Charity, in 2014 which enabled him to gain the right skills, experience and confidence to be ABLE to successfully secure employment at Harrods.
“It’s refreshing knowing that every day when I leave my house in the morning, I am going to make honest money, and I don’t have to keep watching my back whenever I see a police officer. I can now turn around and tell people I work in Harrods which is liberating. I really thank everyone at the Galvin’s Chance programme and The Springboard Charity for taking a chance on me, continually pushing me and encouraging me to be better.” – Damian
Samantha had been unemployed for 6 months and was finding it hard to secure employment. She realised that she was unlikely to get into work with so little experience and asked her Jobcentre adviser if there was any training she could do that would make her ready for employment.
Luckily her adviser knew about the Galvin’s Chance programme run by The Springboard Charity and funded by DM Thomas Foundation which after completing ABLEed her to secure employment at Harrods where she has now been working for 3 years.
“The training was great and this helped me understand how to deal with people and also gave me self-confidence. I was shy before but now I am confident and deal with loads of people from all over the world, who are very important and are my regular customers at Harrods. As part of Galvin’s Chance training I was given a placement with Harrods and then straight after that I was offered paid employment at the Ice-cream parlour. I am now a waitress working full time at one of the most prestigious and well known retail outlets in the world. Without the help of Springboard and Galvin’s Chance I wouldn’t be ABLE to get this job.” – Samantha
DM Thomas Foundation has provided funding of over £200,000 to The Springboard Charity in support of the Galvin’s Chance programme.