This week, as part of our Meet Our Kickstarters series, we caught up with Facilities & Office Coordinator, Akiel, who has joined our Operations team for the next 6 months.

Akiel discusses how his time at the House, so far, has broadened his skills and built his confidence, putting him on the right career path after a period of unemployment. He also talks us through his dreams of starting his own helicopter tourism business – watch this space!


What do you like most about what you do? 

I enjoy the wide variety of tasks I can do. One moment I could be collecting and distributing the House’s mail and packages, the next I am unblocking a flooded drain. I do also enjoy working alongside such a friendly and welcoming team. I feel as though I’ve been made to feel right at home amongst my colleagues.

What new skills have you acquired?

Working at the House has helped me improve on my organisation, management and time keeping skills. Working alongside my colleagues has certainly developed my teamworking skills and has aided me in working more efficiently in the workplace alongside others, as well as independently.

Where do you hope to go next?

I hope to continue developing myself and my skillset to further my professional career. As for the future of my career, I hope to become financially sufficient so that I may eventually start up my own helicopter tourism business.

What’s your favourite thing about working for the House?

My favourite thing about working for The House would certainly be the supportive and welcoming colleagues I am surrounded by on a day-to-day basis. Arriving each morning to work alongside such friendly folk has me feeling refreshed and prepared to take on whatever the day may throw at me.

Anything else you want to share?

I would like to thank The House of St Barnabas for all the work they do and for providing myself and many others the opportunity of getting back into work. Especially during the time of the pandemic and its lockdowns, which had rendered many like me out of employment.


The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. 

Find out more – here.