TuffCycle is a Social Enterprise which aims to empower homeless people in Sheffield to improve their employability, skills and wellbeing. We equip our participants with the tools and resources they need to make sustainable, positive change in their lives and to re-engage with the local community.
Becoming homeless has a devastating impact on people's social, personal and economic wellbeing. People are motivated to change their situation, but these barriers can make it difficult for them to lead fulfilling lives. We provide a space for them to rebuild their confidence, reintegrate with others, and refresh their skills.
Our activities focus on encouraging the development of creative and entrepreneurial skills through a workshop where participants make products that utilise recycled and reclaimed materials. Participants are supported in taking these products from making to marketing to sales, learning vital skills along the way, with all the profits going back towards their further development. Alongside this we run a series of activities and masterclasses on employability skills such as CV writing and interview techniques, which aim to provide everyone with both the personal and practical resources they need to succeed.
The combination of long-term unemployment, homelessness and social isolation can have a devastating effect on people’s confidence in their own abilities. We help participants to rebuild their confidence and to take steps towards improving their quality of life.
Developing and learning new skills gives individuals a sense of achievement and can massively boost their self-worth. Our programme equips people with practical, hands on skills and encourages them to think creatively. It is also a chance to develop a stable routine and to build on personal qualities such as time management and decision making.
We know how crucial employment can be to people's lives, which is why we aim for every participant to leave us with the tools to take that next step. Our programme is based around activities that improve employability skills and get people thinking about the future.