‘I’m so proud that I have two important jobs, one at a solicitor and one at New Chapters. I really enjoy them.’
– Marcus, Langdon member
New Chapters is our thriving online second-hand book business – with a difference. The busy 3,000 square-foot warehouse provides an opportunity for our Members to take their first step into the world of work, regardless of how complex their needs may be. Paid Langdon Members and volunteers work side-by-side to run the business, sorting stock, scanning books and processing orders.
As well as picking up vital practical skills such as IT literacy one of our 18 computers and dealing with customers, they gain great insight into the world of work including importance of punctuality, responsibility, hard work and interacting with their colleagues.
Livingness at New Chapters is about giving our Members experience, confidence and self-esteem to progress to working outside the Langdon community. Members can also work at New Chapters alongside other jobs, offering them more working hours and more valuable work experience.
More than just a service
In 2018 we began offering work experience placements to Langdon College students in order to get a taste for working life. And we now welcome more members from outside the Langdon community, such as those living with their families, to gain employment skills in a safe and supported environment.
New Chapters is not only life-changing, it’s also successful. The hard work that our Members put in to the business, translates in to earnings of around £12,000 a month. Those funds go straight back into running the enterprise and to give more Members the opportunity to develop skills that could lead them in to paid employment.
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‘I work at New Chapters every week. I do the book boxes. I really like the social side at work – I like meeting new people. My favourite thing is being with the staff and my friends.‘
– Paul, Langdon Member