About Give us a Chance

Give us a Chance (GUAC) is the leading consortium of social landlords who are rising to the challenge of helping people into work.

Our Mission is to transform lives by enabling housing providers to support people into employment.

Around half of working-age social housing residents are currently out of work and the unemployment rate among working-age social housing residents is almost three times that of other tenures.

Creating long-term and genuinely sustainable employment opportunities for social housing residents is vital in order to help residents sustain their own tenancies, whilst also making a crucial contribution to cutting the welfare bill.

GUAC works in partnership with a range of stakeholders to build influence around the housing and employment agenda, on behalf of our members.

Through our influencing, sharing and partnership development priorities we aim to put social housing providers at the heart of the employment and skills agenda.

By joining GUAC, you can take advantage of:

Influence:

We are the only consortium of social housing providers with open and ongoing dialogue with the government with regard to the relationship between housing providers and employment and skills services.  We have a network of contacts across the housing, employment and political arena and use this to leverage support for GUAC members.

Access, contacts and partnerships:

GUAC helps support the employment support objectives of our housing organisations. We can help to broker practical partnerships that can lead to contracted delivery, to support your employment and skills programmes. GUAC’s advisers can also be brought in to navigate contracting partnerships between housing and employment and skills providers.

We work in strategic alliances and formal partnerships with other organisations who share our goals, including: ERSA, the Learning & Work Institute and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP).  GUAC members automatically gain membership of ERSA, as part of the GUAC subscription fee.

Sharing ideas and best practice

Join GUAC members on webinars, members’ conferences, sector events and roundtable discussions, to hear about latest developments in the sector as well as to help influence and develop best practice.