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Great Yarmouth woman ready for royalty

PUBLISHED: 10:25 21 February 2011

A GREAT Yarmouth woman had a brush with royalty when she joined in with celebrations for a programme supporting homeless people into work.

Zoe Alcock joined the Prince Charles at an event marking a decade of national scheme Ready for Work in London last week.

Having found herself in front of the Norfolk Youth Offending team at the age of 17, Zoe found employment at Morrison Utility Services working for UK Power Networks after going through the Ready for Work programme.

Zoe said: “Before starting the Ready for Work programme I felt frustrated and angry much of the time. Now I feel happy because I have lots of friends and support at work, which has enabled me to develop my skills and also to get my own place and my own.”

Prince Charles is helped to establish the Ready for Work programme in 2001, which supports homeless people into employment by securing work placements with leading employers and job coaches.

Ready for Work supports homeless people into employment by securing work placements with leading employers and training buddies and job coaches to provide support during the client’s time with a company.

Run by Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) Business Action on Homelessness campaign (BAOH), the programme unites businesses, charities and the government.

Zoe was one of a number of guests to meet the Prince of Wales at the event last Wednesday in Camden.


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