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Employment Minster Esther McVey champions entrepreneurs and housing associations

Last night the work of GUAC members was championed at an exclusive event in the House of Commons.

Among the guests were Ministers including Employment Minister Esther McVey MP (pictured top left), Shadow Minister Stephen Timms MPs, leading policy makers, ERSA, National Federation of Housing, housing associations and prime contractors.

The evening praised the work done to help people back into work, with a focus on self employment schemes and opportunities.

Guests heard moving and inspiring stories from residents who, with help from their housing association have now set-up their own businesses. With people of all ages and as young as just 17 years talking about their experiences becoming self employed and how it has changed their lives and their family’s.

Esther McVey gave a rallying closing speech, supporting the work done by GUAC’s members and the determination of residents find work.

The event also saw the launch of GUAC’s work with ERSA and our joint manifesto called ‘Releasing the potential of social housing in employment support. The Manifesto outlines our goals in supporting residents find work.

You can read more about resident’s stories in becoming self employed in our case studies page.

New GUAC Chair elected

Give us a Chance (GUAC) board members have elected a new Chair of the Board, following Jayne Entwistle’s departure from Great Places. Board member Jon Fisher, Head of Communities at Sovereign, takes over the role as Chair from today, Monday 10th September. Speaking of his appointment, Jon Fi...

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Sign up for the joint ERSA and Give us a Chance conference, London, 12 September 2018

Join ERSA and GUAC at this one day conference in central London on 12 September. The conference will play host to over 100 stakeholders and thought leaders from across the employment support and housing sectors and seeks to provide theoretical and practical examples of integrated services that ar...

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