Foundation 4 Work, delivered by the Foundations Furniture charity, offers work experience opportunities in a warehouse and retail setting where unemployed Gateshead residents can gain many of the employability skills that employers are looking for.

In addition, we have free one-to-one support to give you everything you need write a winning CV and application form, search for jobs online, attend interviews with confidence or become self-employed.

We believe personalised journeys are the most effective and rewarding therefore each programme is designed and delivered around your unique goals. We can help you with any part of the employment process. You may just want help with a CV for example, or we can offer a full package of support from start to finish. Our programme is designed around you.

That's not all! Everyone who takes part in work experience combined with job readiness training receives a pair of work boots and high vis vest to keep, free of charge.


To receive free support, you must be currently unemployed and living within the borough of Gateshead.

How to Access Support

To book an appointment or to chat to the team about how we can help, call or text us on 07851 478548. We cannot always answer immediately but please leave a message or send us a text and we'll always return your call ASAP.  ​Alternatively, if you prefer to email us, you can reach us at

You can find out more about our employment service on our website:-

The Foundation 4 Work project is funding by the Henry Smith Charity and the European Social Fund via Gateshead Goes Local as part of the 2014-2020 European and Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.