East Surrey Pathway to Employment

This is a partnership project funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund to provide a programme of support to remove the barriers to employability if you are facing housing insecurity and to ensure you can journey towards or into employment.

This project is an intensive, targeted, wrap-around service of interventions to support people with significant barriers move closer to the job market or into work. The PtE project works across East Surrey, Epsom & Ewell and Crawley, in locations accessible to participants.


Who is the project for?

The Pathway to Employment project works with anyone aged 18 – 64 years living in housing insecurity. This means people living in unsecured tenancies such as Bed & Breakfast, temporary accommodation units, hostels or in a friend's spare room or on their sofa.

You would be eligible to apply if unemployed and a registered job seeker or economically inactive - unemployed but not registered as job seeking.


What is the aim of the project?

The main aim of the project is to provide the support and access to opportunities to remove or reduce the barriers people face to employment, including:

  • 1-2-1 support with an employment advisor
  • group workshops
  • 1-2-1 & group counselling support
  • online support and training
  • support with childcare
  • confidence building
  • stress management
  • job search skills
  • volunteering & work placements
  • physical well-being courses
  • financial management
  • access to job clubs
  • in work support
  • managing barriers


Making a referral to the project

We are taking referrals to the Pathways to Employment project up until September 2021. You can register your own interest for the programme, and we can accept referrals from local support organisations, local councils and social landlords or housing associations.

You will need to show proof of right to work in the UK, evidence of your unemployed or inactive status and details of your housing situation.

This is a partnership project with specialist skills and expertise. Raven Housing Trust is the lead partner working closely with East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service (ESDAS), Employment Support & Retraining Agency (ESRA), Surrey Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA East Surrey, and Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. 

Download our Referral Leaflet


Successful outcomes

  • We are working with over 80 people to increase their skills and help them gain relevant qualifications.
  • We have exceeded our target of helping people find employment.
  • We have signed people up to volunteering and work experience, increasing their work life skills and abilities. 
  • Participants have been supported to access therapeutic counselling to help them with coping strategies and to overcome their difficulties.


Case Studies

Kirsty moves closer to her dream job - Kirsty Filler gained life-changing work experience thanks to ESRA (Employment Support and Retraining Agency) and the East Surrey Pathway to Employment programme.

Ben finds his feet with some help - Only a year ago Ben from Reigate was sleeping rough and suffering from depression. He joined the Pathway to Employment programme in September 2017.

Roisin makes progress - Roisin Monahan is 19 and joined the East Surrey Pathway to Employment project in August 2017.

Claudette's journey to work - Claudette’s journey started back in October 2016, when she formally signed up to be one of our first participants to join the East Surrey Pathway Programme.

Lucy's pathway to employment - Lucy was referred to us as an unemployed single mother with two young children. She signed up to receive support through the Pathway To Employment programme as she was facing imminent eviction from her home.


If you would like to know more about the programme or make a referral please contact carla.shelton@ravenht.org.uk or call Raven Housing Trust on 0300 123 3399