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Connection Crew has revealed how it created jobs for 144 people ex-homeless people in a new report titled ’10 Years of Social Impact’.

Rough sleeping has increased by 30 per cent in the UK*; Connection Crew hopes that this report will encourage and inspire other companies to support people into work and out of homelessness.

“Most companies seek to protect valuable commercial relationships from mishaps and failures within their business in the interest of maintaining a profile of excellence in their work,” said Charlie Dorman, director of Connection Crew. “But as a social enterprise and the only one in the crewing industry, transparency is important to us. Owning our mistakes helps us grow as much as owning our successes. There are thousands of people in the UK with nowhere to live and very few options to turn their lives around. Our mission to find and support these people is stronger than ever. We hope that our exposé will motivate others to do the same.”

Connection Crew, which was named Best Crewing Company at this year’s Access All Areas presents the Event Production Awards, is celebrating its 10th birthday this year with a social impact strategy for 2016/17, as well as broader goals for the future.

The company aims to increase the number of women in its crew to build equality and to create a working environment in which female ex-homeless people can thrive. Connection Crew is also seeking more opportunities for preventative interactions with those most at-risk of becoming homeless.

’10 Years of Social Impact’ is comprised of a series of interviews with 16 key players in the company’s history, including Colin Glover, chief executive of Connection at St Martin’s; Hugh Chamberlain, procurement manager at Johnson & Johnson; and event industry insiders and crew members with a background of homelessness.

The full report is available to download here.

*Recent figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government