Events company offers work to 212 former homeless people in partnership with charities

Connection Crew has made providing employment for people with a history of homelessness its CSR mission.

A London-based events company has employed more than 200 people with a history of homelessness since 2005.

The event crewing company Connection Crew started in 2005 within the homelessness charity Connection at St Martins, from where it takes its name.

It supplies manpower to the events industry and aims for 25% of its workforce to have come from a background of homelessness. Having grown each year, Connection Crew now works with a network of over 20 charities and operates from a three-storey base in Brixton.

In 13 years it has employed 212 ex-homeless people to complete 115,187 hours of work.

Charlie Dorman, director of Connection Crew, commented: "This is a huge accomplishment that we haven’t reached alone. We say it each year but it’s worth saying again: thank you to our clients, our crew and to the charities we work with."

"We’re not stopping here though, we’re working harder and thinking bigger about how we can do our bit to help more people out of homelessness through employment.

"Part of that is urging others to take CSR seriously. The smartest CSR initiatives are not a fluffy add-on, they’re intelligent and mutually beneficial and it’s increasingly what your customers and candidates are demanding."

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