How we make a difference

Our work has a transformational impact on the lives of the local people that we work with.

In 2017 our projects and activities connected thousands of local people to opportunities for positive personal change.

During the year the Octavia Foundation supported:

  • 440 children and young people with youth activities
  • 90 older people were visited regularly by a volunteer befriender
  • 77 people were helped with training or supported into work.

Our work helped people like Nathan, who had been out of regular work for several months before Octavia helped find him a work placement with the Construction Training Initiative (CTI). Nathan so impressed his placement employer than at the end of the paid training scheme they offered him a permanent job.

Hear about Nathan's story in this video.

https://youtu.be/bnq9byXsUtw

Find out more about training and employment opportunities through the Octavia Foundation.

'Employment and training' case studies:

  • IMG 0254

    Jean's story

    a success story from our 'Tenants into Work' programme

  • Learn to Earn

    Learn2Earn: One service user's story

    "My primary goals in attending the programme are to end my self-imposed isolation, and bring a little structure to my week."

  • gemma

    Gemma

    Things feel more open to me now and I feel pushed and supported.

  • Harleigh

    Harleigh

    I work with an amazing team and have found every floor [in the building] to be accommodating and helpful

  • Nathan

    Nathan

    I’ve learnt that I have self-worth

  • Philomena

    Philomena

    Despite barriers and limitations, life doesn't stop

  • Rita

    Rita

    I felt I had something missing in my life

  • Freddie Jones

    Freddie

    I'm loving the job, I couldn't be happier actually

  • Clifton

    Clifton

    I've had a brilliant time with brilliant people and I feel really positive!

  • Antonio

    Antonio

    I felt like I was losing confidence, but Wray inspired me