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GUAC Annual Reception kick starts our ‘new year’

Give us a Chance and Peter Aldous MP welcomed over 120 guests to the House of Commons Terrace on 3rd November. It was an evening of celebration and inspiring stories, from just a few of the people that GUAC members have helped into work over the past 12 months, drawn from a dazzling array of high quality projects and programmes.

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With our first AGM held on the same day, GUAC kick started our next company year with colleagues from the housing, employment services, learning, skills and charitable sectors. There’s a real buzz between the sectors, and we expect to forge ever closer links in the coming year.

Peter Aldous MP warmly welcomed us all, recognising the clear and unique role that housing plays in employment services for tenants and residents, and sharing a hope that devolution would bring more and deeper opportunities for housing and other vital services to join up and deliver even better, together.

Jim McMahon MP, newly appointed Shadow Minister for Communities, Local Government and Devolution is clearly a passionate advocate of people, place and community; understanding fully the role we can all play in transforming lives on the ground, and mindful of his own early experience of work, and encouragement in work: “Never forget that just one act of kindness, of encouragement towards someone in their life, can make a lasting difference, and can change lives”

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Our Chair Ian Simpson did a great job welcoming all our speakers on the night, from our sponsors Seetec, with John Baumbeck at the helm, to our project leads at Love London Working, Manchester Athena and, last but not least, the Learning and Work Foundation. All made great contributions on the night, and served as a true reminder of why what we do, matters.

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GUAC and our Board extends sincere Thanks; to all members, partners and guests who joined us.

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