Hyper Island

With employment being one of the key causes of homelessness and opportunities in supporting people back to successful outcomes, Noisy Cricket worked with Hyper Island to understand how Manchester’s growing and influential business community have a huge opportunity to help people back into work.

Hyper Island

The Vision

A region with secure and stable futures for people who have experienced homelessness.

The Mission

Create a scalable and sustainable solution for the employment of formerly homeless individuals.

The Action

Noisy Cricket’s research and co-produced brief was presented to the Hyper Island 2018 student intake, with the aim to remove businesses barriers to employing people with lived experience of homelessness.

One month and 30 international students – with three employer charities and six business conversations in the mix – produced eight innovative employment models, to scale and sustain the employment of people with lived experience of homelessness, covering social enterprise opportunities, tech platforms, large scale events and educational products to help address the systemic, cultural and personal barriers to offering work.

With feedback from Manchester’s most prestigious and influential businesses, two solutions are currently being pitched for project funding and development. With 64% of the businesses surveyed keen to employ people with lived experience of homelessness (from only 7% with existing experience in doing so) we are exploring a collaborative funding model to bring the solutions to life.

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