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Circle Collective

Circle Collective believes that every young person who wants to work should have access to a job

In the UK, there are nearly 800,000 youths either unemployed or uneducated, of which 15% are based in London. Youth unemployment can lead to many negative socio-economic consequences including poor mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, crime and poverty.

Circle Collective is a charity and social enterprise that transforms the lives of London’s youth by helping them find permanent, life-changing work. They have stores in Dalston and Lewisham stocking the latest street-wear brands and local designer collections and are an inspiring training ground for young people. Through hands on work experience and employability coaching, they empower the youth of today, equipping them with the confidence and skills needed to reach their full potential in the workforce.

Each piece purchased at one of their stores supports a young person into work and helps to #breakthecircle of unemployment within your community.

Investment from Big Issue Invest has contributed to Circle Collective’s work supporting young people into employment.

Through programmes such as the ‘Back Your Future’, they equip young people with employable skills, provide 1:1 mentoring and connect them with future employers. 

Over 70% of trainees secure a job after completing the programme, meaning for every £1 spent, they generate £6.78 of social value.

Circle Collective’s alumni now has supported over 500 young people into paid employment – their goal is to make that number 550 by the end of 2020.

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