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Accord: City Deal Working Together

Accord is one of the largest housing and social care organisations in the Midlands, providing 13,000 affordable homes and health and social care to 80,000 people and employing nearly 4,000.

Accord is an investment partner with the Homes and Communities Agency, developing new homes across the region with a number of key partners. Our regulatory judgements on governance and viability have been consistently top-level (G1 and V1) with the most recent Regulatory Judgement of G1/V1 published November 2016 following an In Depth Assessment further confirming our robust business and financial base.

We are a values-led social business motivated by adding social and economic value to the communities where we work. We specialise in involving customers and communities in shaping the homes and services that we provide, including nationally prominent examples of tenant leadership and control. Our colleagues are award-winning, highly professional and strive to deliver excellence on the front-line and through the corporate support teams.

Website: accordgroup.org.uk/

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Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

AELP represents the interests of a range of organisations delivering vocational learning and employment and employability support. The majority of their 800+ members are independent providers (from both the private and the third sectors) holding contracts with the Skills Funding Agency, the Department for Education (Education Funding Agency) and the Department of Work and Pensions. GUAC and the AELP share an MOU agreement to work together and increase partnerships between housing, skills & apprenticeships.

Website: www.aelp.org.uk/

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Aster Group

Aster Group owns and maintains over 28,000 homes and provide housing, care and support services to 75,000 customers in Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, West Berkshire and Wiltshire.

Under the Aster Foundation, it carries out social purpose activity which is focused on improving life chances for their customers and supporting the communities that they work in.

During 2015/16, Aster invested £98,000 and secured £45,000 of partner and external match funding which has been used to fund a number of community based projects, which includes providing full and part time employment, general employment training, access to the internet, and digital and financial inclusion training.

Website: www.aster.co.uk/

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Big Lottery Fund

The BLF distributes over £500 a year to communities across the UK. GUAC sits on the Building Better Opportunities Fund Evaluation panel, which is run by www.ecorys.com, to learn from each BBO project, many of which are run by GUAC members and housing association partnerships. GUAC will retain a seat on the this panel for the life of all BBO projects.

Website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/

Bolton at Home

We are a registered charity providing social housing. In March 2011, following a vote of support from tenants, we took over the ownership of the houses formerly owned by Bolton Council. We now own and manage more than 18,000 homes in the borough.

Website: www.boltonathome.org.uk/

Centre for Social Justice

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is an independent think tank that studies the root causes of Britain’s social problems and addresses them by recommending practical, workable policy interventions. The CSJ’s vision is to give people in the UK who are experiencing the worst disadvantage and injustice every possible opportunity to reach their full potential.
GUAC sit on the CSJ’s Housing Commission, which was established to address issues around housing and poverty. The Commission investigates a wide range of housing issues shaping the experiences of society’s most disadvantaged.

Website: www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/

Clarion Housing Group

With more than 125000 homes, Clarion is the largest housing provider in the country and a major house builder.

As well as providing homes, Clarion aims to transform existing communities through sustained regeneration, help people to access employment and training opportunities and give young people a better start in life.

Through their Community Foundation, Clarion invests £10 million a year in the communities where it works. They prioritise helping residents into work and training and helping young people to fulfil their potential.

Over the next ten years, they aim to:
• Support over 2,000 people into work each year.
• Help an additional 2,000 into work annually through the European funded ‘Love London Working’ project.
• Provide 250 high-quality apprenticeships a year.

Website: www.clarionhg.com/

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Coast & Country Housing

Coast and Country manage over 10,000 homes in urban areas, seaside resorts and rural villages across Redcar and Cleveland.

They run various initiatives to support people into work, including:
• New Directions, which offers young people aged 15 – 29 advice and guidance to improve their skills to help get them into work, training or education, and

• Westfield Farm; a community resource centre providing high quality advice, guidance, digital training and support to help people back into work.

Website: www.coastandcountryhousing.org.uk/

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Community Gateway

Community Gateway Association (also known as CGA or Gateway for short) is a not-for-profit community business, set up to meet the housing needs of people in Preston and the surrounding areas.

Through the ‘Preston Vocational Centre’ they offer support to individuals who may be facing challenges that affect their education, training or employment opportunities.
They offer a range of learning and development opportunities to young people and adults to help them progress to apprenticeships, employment or further education, including vocational training.

By providing training and mentoring outside of the classroom, they aim to can help individuals to grow in self-confidence, self-worth and self-belief, encouraging them to realise their full potential.

Website: www.communitygateway.co.uk/

ERSA

The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the representative body for the employment support sector which supports jobseekers to gain, sustain and progress in work. ERSA members span the private, public and voluntary sectors ranging from multinationals through to small specialist charities operating in their local communities.

“GUAC are at the forefront of thinking on housing, employment and skills. It’s a dynamic consortium of organisations not only going the extra mile for their own residents, but also working collectively to improve the system overall to improve the opportunities open to individuals in social housing and their wider communities. The partnership with GUAC has been extremely productive and we are proud to work with them.”

GUAC members are automatically enrolled into ERSA membership, accessing full ERSA membership services.

Website: www.ersa.org.uk

First Choice Homes Oldham

First Choice Homes owns and manages 12,000 homes in the borough of Oldham.

As well as maintaining and improving homes, First Choice Homes Oldham takes a wider approach to support customers to improve their health and wellbeing, employment prospects and quality of life.
They promote local training and employment initiatives through a comprehensive customer training programme, volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities.

Website: www.fcho.co.uk/main.cfm

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ForViva

ForViva, which brings together City West Housing Trust, Villages Housing Association and construction company ForWorks, owns and manages 18,000 homes across the North West.

They place creating resourceful and empowered communities and enabling people to reach their potential at the heart of everything we do. As part of this, they have a number of aims around education and employment, including:

• Supporting an in increase educational attainment levels across all ages.
• Supporting a reduction in absence and truancy.
• Increasing numbers of adult learners.
• Increasing numbers of available pathways into sustainable employment.

Website: www.forviva.co.uk/

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Futures Housing Group

Futures Housing Group provides around 9,000 affordable homes in the Midlands.

As well as working with customers and developing new homes, Futures aim to have a positive economic and social impact by providing people with the skills they need to do the jobs they want.

Through Access Training, the further education provider they co-own with Nottingham Community Housing Association, they support customers, staff and the wider community to get into training and employment.

We also provide graduate work opportunities in partnership with CharityWorks and employ apprentices in their own business.

Website: futureshg.co.uk/

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Golden Gates / Torus

Golden Gates Housing Trust owns and manages 8,600 home in Warrington.

Going beyond traditional bricks and mortar, Golden Gates are committed to investing in their communities and providing the opportunities and support to help tenants achieve their ambitions and improve their lives. Whether it is help with finding a job, getting back into training or volunteering, managing your money or simply making your first move into independent living.

Through their job hubs and workshops, they help people with:
• Looking for work, volunteering and training
• Being confident online and using a computer
• Writing a CV and completing applications
• Managing money, applying for benefits and Universal Credit
• Applying for help with funding and expenses

They also run a pre-employment courses to help people gain essential work skills and experience.

Website: www.gght.org.uk

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Golding Homes

Golding Homes delivers affordable homes and services for over 20,000 people in and around the Maidstone, Medway, Ashford, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge & Malling areas.

Golding Homes provides support for its residents to maximise their potential employment opportunities and improve their financial situation. They provide assistance for residents to access employment and training, increase their job prospects and maximise their income through work and benefits.

Golding Homes has helped more than 60,000 people into work since 2010.

Website: www.goldinghomes.org.uk/

Great Places

Great Places manages 18,000 homes across 35 Local Authority areas across the north west and Yorkshire.

Their Great Opportunities team is dedicated to supporting residents into work and training.

It has a dedicated programme to meet the needs of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) and new migrant communities and specific support for people wanting to pursue a career in the construction industry.

Website: www.greatplaces.org.uk/Pages/default.aspx

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Guinness Partnership

With 65,000 homes across England, Guinness Partnership works in communities from Manchester to Cornwall, London to Liverpool.

Website: www.guinnesspartnership.com/

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HACT

HACT is committed to promoting ideas and innovation across the housing sector.
GUAC sit on the Advisory Group of HACT’s ‘Centre for Excellence in Community Investment’. Over 3 years, the Centre will provide a platform for promoting the importance of community investment both within and outside of the social housing sector; provide a mechanism for community investment professionals to share and develop their practice and ensure that community investment underpins housing providers as they evolve their services and relationships with their customers and communities.

Website: www.hact.org.uk/

Hyde Group

Hyde is a social business with around 50,000 homes in London and the South East.

Website: www.hyde-housing.co.uk/

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IEP

The IEP is the membership body for employability professionals. The IEP is dedicated to supporting the people who support others gain work, progress in work and retain work.

Their purpose is empowering individuals to perform to a professional standard. championing employability as a recognised profession, securing employer recognition and creating a network of opportunity.

“The Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) is keen to engage and support all professionals working as Employability Practitioners within many different kinds of organisations. The work that Housing Associations, in particular, do is often holistic and has a great social purpose and we are committed to a partnership where we can bring our resources and support to an environment where GUAC Members support some of the most disadvantaged people in our society and where best practice and the sharing of inclusive partnerships is key to individual and community social change.”

Website: www.myiep.uk/

Institute for Public Policy Research

IPPR is a registered charity and the UK’s pre-eminent progressive think tank. IPPR engages with the public, with opinion formers, and policymakers and politicians of all parties and none. In 2018, GUAC and IPPR worked with the GUAC membership and key stakeholders to produce new thinking and policy recommendations on ‘Building Communities that Work’.

Website: www.ippr.org/research/publications/building-communities-that-work

L&Q

L&Q own and manage 90,000 homes in London and the South East.

Outside building and managing homes, L&Q invests £4 million each year to create opportunities for its residents and tackle disadvantage.

As part of this investment they aim to:
• provide training and support people into employment
• fund activities for young people
• help residents access financial advice and support

Website: www.lqgroup.org.uk/

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Learning and Work Institute (LWI)

LWI are an independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. We bring together over 90 years of combined history and heritage from the ‘National Institute of Adult Continuing Education’ (NIACE) and the ‘Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion.

Website: www.learningandwork.org.uk/

Liverpool Mutual Homes

Established in 2008, Liverpool Mutual Homes manages 15,000 properties.

Concerned with more than bricks and mortar, LMH reinvests profits into schemes that support tenants and communities, address deprivation and promote inclusion.

LMH use ‘social dividend’ to address the social, environmental and economic problems faced by its customers and communities. They deliver a comprehensive range of training, employment, health, financial inclusion, youth engagement and digital inclusion projects

In 2015/16:
• 60 people found employment through Liverpool Mutual in Work
• 140 improved their IT skills, making themselves more employable and increasing their confidence
• 10 people gained paid placements to help them get into work through LMH’s Volunteers Into Placement (VIP) programme.

Website: www.liverpoolmutualhomes.org/

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Liverty

As DCH and Knightstone, we’ve been neighbours for years, and now we live and work together. Liverty is a leading developer of housing in the south west. From the shores of Cornwall to the Gloucestershire hills, we have combined rock solid foundations with the scale and vision to build real social change in our region, one front door at a time.

Website: www.liverty.com/

Magenta Living

Based in Wirral, Magenta Living manages just under 18,000 homes.

As well as being the largest Registered Provider of Social Housing in Wirral, Magenta Living aims to improve the quality of life of local people, supporting, empowering and working in partnership with them to achieve more.
Working with partners, Magenta offer a wide ranging programme of courses to residents. During 2014/15, 398 residents completed 21 courses ranging from Educational English to cooking on a budget.
And under the name, ‘Jobs Jigsaw’ they run various activities that aim to increase employment, develop employability skills and develop enterprises in their communities.

Website: www.magentaliving.org.uk/

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Melin Homes

We are a housing association providing affordable homes for tenants in South East Wales. As a registered social landlord we work closely with local authorities and other partners to build thriving communities. Our mission is to make a positive impact on neighbourhoods by providing high-quality social housing to those who need it. We also give financial advice to our tenants and organise community events to enhance the lives of residents

We have been around for ten years and were established as a non-profit social housing provider. As one of the major housing associations in Wales we now own and manage over 4,000 homes in Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Newport and Powys. We not only offer homes for rent but also properties for sale, which can be bought with the help of low-cost home ownership schemes. We help our residents all along the way and offer advice on both renting and buying properties.

Website: www.melinhomes.co.uk/

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Metropolitan

Metropolitan owns and manages a portfolio of nearly 38,000 homes, providing services to more than 71,000 customers across London, the East Midlands and the East of England.

Metropolitan has a dedicated employment and training service, which provides one-to-one support to customers to explore job options, develop essential work-related skills, create CVs, apply for jobs and prepare for interviews.

They also offer job and work placement opportunities through our nationwide network of contractors, suppliers and other partners or refer you to specialist providers who can offer you with more specific help, advice and support.

They also offer apprenticeships, opportunities to volunteer and training for starting and running a business.

Website: www.metropolitan.org.uk/

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Monmouthshire Housing

Monmouthshire Housing Association (MHA) Ltd was established on 21st January 2008 to receive the housing stock of Monmouthshire County Council (MCC) through a large scale voluntary transfer. The Association is a new Industrial and Provident Society (IPS), managed by a voluntary board and an executive management team.

MHA’s main purpose is to provide and manage affordable homes in Monmouthshire for people who need them and to ensure all those homes meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard and then are maintained at that standard. The Association manages and maintains around 3,600 homes and 270 leasehold properties, as well as large numbers of garages and other land around and within our estates.

Website: www.monmouthshirehousing.co.uk/

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National Housing Federation

The National Housing Federation is the voice of housing associations in England. Our vision is a country where everyone can live in a good quality home they can afford. Our members provide two and a half million homes for more than five million people. And each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities. GUAC is working with the NHF on housing sector responses to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, a proposed successor fund to European Social Funds.

Website: www.housing.org.uk/about-us/

Notting Hill Genesis

We were Notting Hill Housing from 1963 to 2018, and have now merged with Genesis Housing Association to become Notting Hill Genesis. We’re a member of the G15 group of major housing providers in London and the south-east. Find out more on the Notting Hill Genesis website.

Website: www.nhhg.org.uk/about-us/

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Nottingham City Homes

Nottingham City Homes provides just over 27,000 homes in the city of Nottingham.

Through the Tenant Academy, Nottingham City Homes offer a range of Employability courses including functional skills, work ready courses and how to start up a business.

Website: www.nottinghamcityhomes.org.uk/

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Nottingham Community Housing Association

We are Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA); one of the largest locally-based housing groups in the East Midlands. We manage over 9,200 homes and house more than 20,000 tenants across the East Midlands in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

We employ over 1,000 members of staff, and have a commitment to training and apprenticeships. We offer fantastic staff benefits.

Our annual turnover is £69.2 million, and our properties are worth over £500 million. In 2013, we celebrated our 40th anniversary. At 44 years old, we are still going strong!

Website: www.ncha.org.uk/home

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One Housing Group

One Housing provides high quality homes and care. They manage over 15,000 homes across 27 London boroughs and surrounding counties and care for over 11,500 people to help them live independently.

One Housing works to make a positive difference to their residents’ lives by promoting aspiration, independence and well-being through a range of training and support services.

They help residents who are looking to improve their prospects of finding a job through dedicated employment advisors who keep people up to date with latest job opportunities, conduct custom job searches, and find work experience opportunities in conjunction with their partners.

They also carry out short courses and training.

Website: www.onehousinggroup.co.uk/

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One Manchester

One Manchester owns and manages more than 12,000 homes in central, south and east Manchester.

As a housing association, they see their role as extending beyond simply providing homes and that they play an important role in ‘place-making’.

As part of that, One Manchester are committed to helping people to manage their money, find work and start up in business.

They offer customers a free service to help them get into work through skills development, experience and confidence boosting, offering advice and a wide range of training, work placements, self-employment and volunteering opportunities.

Website: www.onemanchester.co.uk

Optivo

Optivo is a new housing association formed in May 2017. It brings together the best of AmicusHorizon and Viridian Housing and is built on a shared commitment to building homes and communities that people love.

Website: www.optivo.org.uk/

Orbit Group

Orbit manages 39,000 homes and has around 100,000 customers. They work in the Midlands, the East and South East regions, and parts of London.

Orbit’s commitment to ‘building communities’ by making a difference where they work will see them invest some £3m in 2017 into providing advice, training and jobs to those most in need of a helping hand to achieve their aspirations.

Orbit’s Work Inspiration Programme supports their 2020 Vision, to provide 10,000 training and employment opportunities by 2020, through delivering positive, meaningful and quality experiences for people who are joining the working environment for the first time.

Website: www.orbit.org.uk/

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Plus Dane

We have more than 13,500 homes in ownership across Merseyside and Cheshire and employ over 500 people, with an asset value in excess of £570m.

We are proud members of the 5% Club with over 5% of our workforce made up of apprentices, graduate trainees or work placements.

We were successful in securing £10m from the Big Lottery Fund for a new project called Liverpool Waves of Hope, which will deliver support for people with multiple and complex needs in Liverpool. We were also named the Government’s Help to Buy Agent for the North West, building on our strong track record as a specialist in affordable home ownership which was recently extended to 2017.

Website: www.plusdane.co.uk/

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Radian

Radian Housing provides nearly 21,000 affordable homes in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, Sussex, and Wiltshire.

We strive to create conditions where our residents, people we support, communities and staff can flourish.

Radian’s Employment, Support and Training team aims to give residents the best chance of success to secure training and jobs.

The team offers all kinds of practical job hunting help and tailored training programmes to help to boost confidence, self esteem and presentation skills – little things that can make a big difference in today’s job market.

Website: www.radian.co.uk/

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Regenda Group

Operating in more than 30 local authority areas across the North West, Regenda owns and manages around 13,000 properties.

In addition to providing homes, Regenda provides a range of support services for its residents – from getting online to finding work.

Over the last three years, they have supported 140 people back into employment or training, established 12 new business start-ups in partnership with other organisations and got over 300 independent living residents online.

Website: www.regenda.org.uk/

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Seetec Employment & Skills

Seetec Employment & Skills operates as part of the wider Seetec Group, helping over 100,000 individuals every year to find work and improve both their pre-employment and in-work skills. Working across the UK and Republic of Ireland we work with a diverse range of partners to deliver services that offer innovative and effective solutions that improve people’s lives.

Website: www.seetec.co.uk

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Shepherds Bush Housing Group

Shepherds Bush Housing Group has around 5000 homes throughout west London. As well as providing homes, they are committed to investing in people and places.

Their Best Chance programme offers support into employment, education or training for their residents and the wider community. They also provide volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships to help people enhance their skills and experience.

In 2015/17, SBHG provided 20 apprentices with two years experience, supported 91 volunteers and helped 65 people to find and prepare for work.

Website: www.sbhg.co.uk/

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Southern Housing Group

One of southern England’s largest housing associations, Southern Housing Group provides homes for more than 67,000 people.

Southern’s Community Investment Team works with local communities and partner organisations to develop communities and create opportunities for residents, including supporting residents into employment or training.

Their dedicated programme – Southern Works – helps both unemployed and employed people with:
• CVs, application forms and job searching
• Interview skills, confidence building and improving motivation
• Finding work placements and voluntary experience
• Training and education opportunities
• Accessing job vacancies and apprenticeships
• Support to apply for funding for employment and training related activities

Website: www.shgroup.org.uk/

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Sovereign

Sovereign provides over 55,000 affordable homes across the south and south west of England and the Isle of Wight.

As part of their work to provide Great Homes and Great Communities, every year Sovereign aims to support 500 residents towards employment and training with 150 of those securing jobs and one third taking up training or voluntary work. Sovereign also runs a successful apprenticeship scheme, giving more than 30 people each year the chance to kick-start their career.

Website: www.sovereign.org.uk/

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Tai Calon

Tai Calon Community Housing has more than 6,100 homes across the three valleys of Blaenau Gwent, including 11 Supported Living Schemes.

Tai Calon’s Work Club offers one to one help and support for its residents with CV writing, interview tips, job search and more.

Website: www.taicalon.org/

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Thames Valley Housing

Thames Valley Housing Association is a medium-sized housing association based in Twickenham, South West London.
They own or manage some 15,000 homes in London, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Sussex.

Thames Valley provide a range of schemes to help people to get into work and training or to start in business.

Their Fast Trax scheme offers one to one support with filling in job application forms, searching for jobs, writing a CV and interview techniques whilst their ‘Level Up’ programme supports residents to develop confidence and life skills.

Residents can also apply for a ‘back to work’ payment of up to £500 which will help fund licenses, qualifications, courses and clothing for interviews.

Website: www.tvha.co.uk/

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The Octavia Foundation

The Octavia Foundation was set up by Octavia who look after 4,4000 homes in central London. The foundation connects people affected by unemployment, ill health, social isolation or low incomes in central and west London with opportunities for positive personal change.

Each year, they support hundreds of local people with training and employment advice through workshops, drop-in sessions, one-to-one support, volunteering opportunities, work placements and apprenticeships.

An example is their Learn2Earn project: a 12 week employability and volunteer programme devised to help residents of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, and Hammersmith and Fulham who are finding it difficult to access employment and volunteering opportunities.

Website: www.octaviafoundation.org.uk/

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Thirteen

Thirteen is a group of housing associations which together own and manage more than 32,000 homes in an area spanning North Tyneside to York.

Their partner organisations carry out a range of work to support employment and training in their communities.

For example, Tees Valley Housing’s New Directions service works with young people and businesses across Teesside to successfully match young people with jobs, traineeships, apprenticeships, training and work placements.
The services aims to help young people and businesses:
• find quality information, advice and guidance about jobs, training and education
• find mentoring and support to plan a way into work or training
• develop the skills that businesses need
• overcome barriers to getting a job or training.

Website: www.thirteengroup.co.uk/

Town and Country Housing

We provide more than 9,000 affordable homes in 22 local authority areas in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and South London.

In addition to general needs homes, we offer a wide range of housing, including key worker, shared ownership and specialist accommodation including a women’s refuge, housing for people with learning and physical disabilities, and a hostel for ex-offenders.

Website: www.tchg.org.uk/

University of Salford, SHUSU

SHUSU is a multidisciplinary research group at the University of Salford.
It seeks to understand complex social issues and work towards social justice, and they are actively engaged in research that highlights the processes, outcomes and impacts of marginalisation on individuals and communities. GUAC and SHUSU are now working together on research into the impact of employment services in housing.

Website: www.salford.ac.uk/research/care/research-groups/shusu

Vestia Community Trust (Part of The Community Housing Group)

Vestia Community Trust is a subsidiary of The Community Housing Group. It was established in 2010 to bring together the Group’s community activity with a clear focus on improving the lives of individuals, families and communities.

A key part of the Vestia Community Trust’s work is supporting people into education and employment. Their Job Coaches provide training, writing, job-search and interview skills, life skills and career counselling, work experience placements, the marketing of skills to local employers and post-employment support when they start work.


Vestia have launched a website – Fusion (www.fusionworcs.co.uk). Partners who have come together to bid for and deliver BBO – led by county social housing partners and supported by VCS.

This press release gives a quick / concise overview of it all. There is a video of BBO participants (from year one) on the homepage slider, scroll across to watch (only 6 mins long) – www.fusionworcs.co.uk

Website: www.vestia.org.uk/

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Vivid Homes

VIVID is one of the largest housing associations in Hampshire, managing around 30,000 homes across the county.

Our business plan is very strong, setting out how we will play a part in solving the housing crisis through development of new homes whilst maintaining a high level of service to our customers. Through innovation and efficiency, we’ll use our financial capacity to grow the business, adopting a more commercial focus to drive performance.

To meet our aims, we’ll work with a range of funders to ensure we have the right mix of funding which is cost-effectively structured to provide the necessary investment funds and maintain liquidity. This includes an appropriate mix of bond and bank finance.

Website: www.vividhomes.co.uk/

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Walsall Housing Group

Walsall Housing Group owns and manages around 20,000 properties across Walsall providing affordable, good quality homes and community-based services to the local community.

WHG works in partnership with MyWorkSearch to provide a free service to its customers who are looking for a job, offering
• a step by step process to build your CV
• job opportunities from thousands of job boards and career sites, updated daily
• over 130 free interactive e-learning modules, videos, exercises and documents
• live interactive web training

Website: www.whg.uk.com/

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Wandle Housing Association

Founded in 1967 as the Merton Family Housing Trust, Wandle has since grown into an organisation with over 7,000 homes across nine south London boroughs.

As well as providing homes for rent, shared ownership, outright sale, and supported housing they invest in communities to provide opportunities for residents who want to achieve goals and reach their potential.

Website: www.wandle.com/

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West Kent

They want to contribute to Kent being a prosperous, strong and sustainable society; a place of opportunity for all; where people can plan for their futures.

West Kent supports residents to improve their skills and employment prospects.

Their Training and Employment Officer helps residents with CVs and application forms, to find volunteering roles and work placements. They also organise training courses and workshops and manage partnerships with other organisations and charities who are there to help.

Website: www.westkent.org/

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Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group was formed on 1st April 2013 following a new group structure of Willow Park Housing Trust and Parkway Green Housing Trust.

This group structure has created a combined stock of almost 14,000 properties, providing homes to more than 20,000 people across Wythenshawe, Manchester and a projected annual turnover of £61 million per year.

The new organisation has built on the existing strengths of both companies and will enable the preservation of high quality community services and continued investment in the local area.

Website: www.wchg.org.uk/

Yarlington Housing Group

Website: www.yhg.co.uk/

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Yorkshire Housing

Yorkshire Housing provide more than 18,000 affordable homes across Yorkshire, and employ over 800 people from across the region. The Yorkshire Housing Group was created in 2008 and today the landlord provides homes and services to thousands of families across the region.

Employment and training is at the heart of Yorkshire Housing’s ambition for everyone to have the opportunity to live in a quality home they can afford, and to ensure customers maintain their independence and have the help needed to succeed.

Yorkshire Housing has a strong track record in supporting over 350 customers over the last two years and aims to achieve £10m worth of Social Value through community investment activities.

Yorkshire Housing’s community investment manager, James Haigh, explains: “Yorkshire Housing’s strategic focus is to enable people to be independent and succeed in whatever they do. Over the next three years, we’re planning to help 1,000 customers into training and employment.

“A key part of this work is to help customers and sustain their tenancies, and with GUAC and the network of other housing organisations we can create new opportunities for our customers and communities.”

Website: www.yorkshirehousing.co.uk/

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