First Step Trust Lambeth


FST Lambeth offers a range of work placements for Lambeth residents with mental health issues or other disadvantages, including drug and alcohol recovery problems and a history of offending that want to build up their confidence and experience to get back into work. We have 4 projects in Lambeth that offer work placements and training courses.

What’s it like?

You don’t need previous experience to get involved with FST – your manager and colleagues are there to support you. The only thing we ask is that you want to work. Depending on which area you are working in, you could be:

  • working with a trained mechanic to service a car
  • preparing and serving food
  • using power tools to trim a hedge or
  • dealing with the project’s petty cash.

What work placements we offer: 

FST Lambeth currently has work placements in the following areas

Abbevilles restaurant:  front of house. | food preparation / catering | customer service.

SMaRT garage services: motor vehicle mechanics | garage reception | parts ordering | customer service

SMaRT Futures: basic finance | admin | marketing & promotions | training & development

Gardening: commercial gardening | clinical waste | general maintenance

Training courses 

FST Lambeth runs a number of short courses that are open to Lambeth residents aged over 18 with mental health issues or other disadvantages, including drug and alcohol recovery problems and a history of offending. Extra support can be provided for those struggling with literacy and numeracy issues.

Courses available 

Driving Ambition – 10 week theory course that breaks down the highway code and encourages people to learn road safety in preparation for a DVLA Theory test and practical driving lessons. 

British Health & Safety Level 2 – accredited Health & Safety course. The qualification provides candidates with the basic knowledge and understanding of health & safety in the workplace. 

12 Modules of Motor Mechanics – in-house course that provides the basic knowledge of motor mechanics alongside health & safety within a garage environment. This course is both practical and classroom based. 

10 Steps into Employment – this is a 10-week course that is combination of in-house courses as well as accredited courses and includes: CV Writing, OCR ICT, British Health & Safety Level 2, Customer Service, Personal Presentation, Applying for Work (application forms / cover letters/ job search.) 

OCR ICT Level 1 – accredited course that covers the very basics of IT.

Food Safety in Catering Level 2– accredited course the qualification provides candidates with the basic knowledge of food safety within the catering industry. The course takes place over 7 weeks with an online exam at the end.

Referral criteria

  • Over 18
  • Must be a resident of Lambeth
  • Receiving support from a GP, Community Mental Health Team or other mental health professional, around mental health problems, drug and alcohol misuse / recovery problems or other disadvantages including offending / repeat offending.

Personal development:

FST works with all workforce members on their own personal development this includes;

  • Personal Development Plan 
  • a work reference after 3 months of attendance
  • building / updating your CV
  • help with job searching, application process and interviewing preparation 
  • Job Club

SMaRT Futures Address

Unit 9 Windsor Grove
West Norwood
SE27 9NT

Work Placement & Training referrals

Harriet Tawari Learning & Development Worker 0208 761 0776