Julia Margaret Cameron
When you’re at a professional crossroads, where do you go?
We launched Eyes Wide Opened (EWO) in 2012 and have worked in schools, universities and on a one-to-one basis with 1000s of graduates and professionals who are stuck. We created a model – 6 Signature Strengths – that people use to develop their self-awareness and focus on what matters to them and what brings them alive. Alongside this is their Living Landscape – a visual version of their CV that covers values, qualities and characteristics alongside skills, talents and experience. Our practice involves coaching, leading workshops and weekend courses and delivering talks to kick start people’s journey towards finding work worth living for.
We are very proud of the long-standing relationship we have with award-winning chef and social entrepreneur Simon Boyle. Alastair and Simon first met at Unilever in 2000 when Alastair, through his work with the Catalyst programme, helped Simon realise his purpose. From there Simon went on to set up in 2004 the Beyond Food Foundation and more recently, Brigade Bar + Kitchen. From here he helps homeless people across London rebuild their lives, imparting his passion, skills and knowledge of cooking and food as the way for bringing people together.
Through our Eyes Wide Opened coaching programme, we have supported Simon in his work. Our belief in developing a person’s full range of strengths as the most effective way of securing sustained employment, has been used to support many of the apprentices passing through the Foundation.
We are delighted to be collaborating with Simon again to develop two training and development programmes: Made Again, which provides vital career support for those in the hospitality industry affected by Covid-19; and Me&U which is targeted at young people between 17 and 24 who are not in work or education, giving them hospitality training and life skills to help prevent the potential cycle of homelessness.