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  • The housing sector has become increasingly involved with Employment and Skills. We are able to deliver exactly what the customer needs in order for them to gain sustained employment.  We are investing heavily and this needs to recognised.

    Carrie Riley

  • Our customers’ lives have been changed with some help to get into employment. We’d love to share these through the campaign and to throw the spotlight on the amazing work that housing associations do, beyond providing homes.

    Clare Chick, Communications Officer

  • The National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) is the membership body for council housing companies. Our members have been routinely helping their residents improve their employability for many years. Many NFA members see tenant welfare and improving life chances as an essential part of what a locally-owned housing service should offer. But we fail to get the recognition we deserve. This is why we need to shout much louder about the value, both social and financial, that these initiatives bring to their communities, towns and cities. Our members have cast-iron evidence about what works, and we are now putting that evidence behind the Communities that Work campaign.

    Chloe Fletcher, Policy Director, NFA

  • Here at Six Town Housing we actively work to support people living on council estates across Bury into employment through our successful Steps to Success programme. Through our 'We Benefit Bury' Campaign we are striving to do our bit to tackle the negative 'stereotyping' of people living in Social Housing which we see a form of discrimination that needs to be eliminated. We do this on behalf of not only our tenants but also those members of our staff who are also social housing tenants and are impacted by this.

    Sharon McCambridge

  • EN:Able Communities the charity arm of Efficiency North has to date supported over 200 apprentices into work, and a financially supported community based employment groups support to be 'work ready' a further 300 people . Many of these people have been far away form the labour market; many from disadvantaged backgrounds. EN:Able Communities is committed to supporting young people in particular enter the construction and built environment sector, through the development of construction training hubs.

    Simeon Perry, Head of Operations

  • It's valuable and timely!

    Richard Freeman

  • As the largest provider of social housing within the East Midlands, Nottingham City Homes (NCH) manages around 27,000 homes in some of the most disadvantaged, culturally diverse and economically challenged areas of Nottingham. In line with our vision of ‘creating homes and places where people want to live’, we are committed to helping our tenants into sustainable employment through a variety of pathways. Our Employability Strategy (the Strategy) addresses issues surrounding employment amongst our tenants and how NCH reaches out to all of its communities. In line with our corporate values, the Strategy outlines all of what NCH can offer to inspire and help our tenants and residents into work.

    Jo Miller

  • Learning and Work Institute (L&W) is an independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and social inclusion. Residents in social housing often face barriers to participating in education and employment opportunities, but these can be overcome. Our research has shown that effective support, provided in their local communities and by professionals they know and trust, can help residents access decent and rewarding employment and progress in work. So we support the #CommunitiesThatWork campaign.

    Stephen Evans

  • Berneslai Homes are pleased to support the campaign as we are passionate about tackling the negative image portrayed by the media of social housing tenants.  We are pleased contribute to tackling worklessness in Barnsley our work includes offering an excellent apprenticeship scheme, short work placements for young people and working with tenants with multiple and complex needs to offer them a range of specialist, tailored interventions to help them sustain their tenancies which sometimes include helping them gain employment and training.

    Sarah Hopwood

  • Communities are integral to our work as a housing provider and our aims and aspirations for individuals and communities in Cheltenham.

    Paul Stephenson

  • Through our World of Work Academy we actively help our tenants and their families into work locally. We know that access to work can help transform lives and that is why we work with partners locally, including the local college, to help give people the opportunities they need.

    Kerron Cross

  • Housing organisations are close to the people who need the most help. They're ideally placed and already doing lots. Going 'above and beyond' traditional housing and it's critical that we get Inclusive Growth right. We can't leave people behind. We need to recognise their commitment and growing expertise.

    Si Welch

  • In inspiring people to build better communities, we are committed to improving the life chances of our tenants and residents living in Blackpool and are proud to be able to pledge our support to a campaign that highlights the work social housing providers like ourselves are doing in helping people to find employment.

    Caroline Lamprey

  • YHN runs several projects designed to help its customers into work, including hosting jobs fairs with local employers and employing customers to work as apprentices and on other paid work placements within our organisation. We always find our customers to be enthusiastic about getting into work and, through our own experience, have recruited many fantastic employees from our customer base, lots of whom continue to work for us now. Our customer employees are a very valuable asset, helping to advise how well our services meet customer needs and expectations and providing invaluable insights into service improvement. We are proud to support Communities that Work and look forward to our welcoming many more customers into the world of work in future.

    Stuart Clarke

  • Their unique role mean that many housing associations across the country  already play an important role in helping residents access appropriate employment opportunities in their local communities. Recognising this, celebrating this and encouraging them to do more by  can only be a good thing. This campaign can help bring that about.

    Jeremy Barker

  • Having delivered self-employment training and mentoring to social housing tenants for many years I have witnessed, as an external observer, the dedication of the employment support teams who are incredibly motivated to deliver positive outcomes for their residents. I feel privileged to play a small part in improving the confidence, skills and future prospects for the people I coach and mentor. It's thanks to my social housing clients that I am able to do such rewarding work, with people who would never be able to afford such specialist training and mentoring themselves. I'm delighted to be part of the Communities that Work campaign and help to spread the word about the worthwhile work that the social housing sector does to tackle unemployment.

    Michelle Daniells, Managing Director

  • Northwards Housing, via our subsidiary 'Yes Manchester', supports tenants and residents across north Manchester into employment, training and volunteering. They also offer business start-up advice and have a small business grants scheme. They support those furthest away from employment and partner agencies support their clients with other issues such as debt, mental health and addiction all of which are additional barriers. They are now part of the newly formed North Manchester Business Network set up to encourage more businesses to employ locally, paying employees the minimum wage and reduce use of zero-hour contracts.

    Greig Lees

  • Beyond Housing are firm believers in the role housing associations plays in supporting their customers back into work. We want to demonstrate our commitment by joining the Communities that Work campaign.

    Joanne Dunn

The following organisations have pledged their support for the Communities that Work project:

  • Accord: City Deal Working Together

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  • ACIS Group

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  • Always Possible quotes

    “It's valuable and timely!“

    Richard Freeman

  • Aster Group

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  • Berneslai Homes quotes

    “Berneslai Homes are pleased to support the campaign as we are passionate about tackling the negative image portrayed by the media of social housing tenants.  We are pleased contribute to tackling worklessness in Barnsley our work includes offering an excellent apprenticeship scheme, short work placements for young people and working with tenants with multiple and complex needs to offer them a range of specialist, tailored interventions to help them sustain their tenancies which sometimes include helping them gain employment and training.“

    Sarah Hopwood

  • Beyond Housing quotes

    “Beyond Housing are firm believers in the role housing associations plays in supporting their customers back into work. We want to demonstrate our commitment by joining the Communities that Work campaign.“

    Joanne Dunn

  • Blackpool Coastal Housing quotes

    “In inspiring people to build better communities, we are committed to improving the life chances of our tenants and residents living in Blackpool and are proud to be able to pledge our support to a campaign that highlights the work social housing providers like ourselves are doing in helping people to find employment.“

    Caroline Lamprey

  • Bolton at Home quotes

    “The housing sector has become increasingly involved with Employment and Skills. We are able to deliver exactly what the customer needs in order for them to gain sustained employment.  We are investing heavily and this needs to recognised.“

    Carrie Riley

  • Cheltenham Borough Homes quotes

    “Communities are integral to our work as a housing provider and our aims and aspirations for individuals and communities in Cheltenham.“

    Paul Stephenson

  • Clarion Housing Group

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  • Community Gateway

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  • EN:Able Communities quotes

    “EN:Able Communities the charity arm of Efficiency North has to date supported over 200 apprentices into work, and a financially supported community based employment groups support to be 'work ready' a further 300 people . Many of these people have been far away form the labour market; many from disadvantaged backgrounds. EN:Able Communities is committed to supporting young people in particular enter the construction and built environment sector, through the development of construction training hubs.“

    Simeon Perry, Head of Operations

  • First Choice Homes Oldham

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  • ForViva

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  • Futures Housing Group

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  • Golden Gates / Torus

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  • Golding Homes

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  • Great Places

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  • Growth Guaranteed quotes

    “Having delivered self-employment training and mentoring to social housing tenants for many years I have witnessed, as an external observer, the dedication of the employment support teams who are incredibly motivated to deliver positive outcomes for their residents. I feel privileged to play a small part in improving the confidence, skills and future prospects for the people I coach and mentor. It's thanks to my social housing clients that I am able to do such rewarding work, with people who would never be able to afford such specialist training and mentoring themselves. I'm delighted to be part of the Communities that Work campaign and help to spread the word about the worthwhile work that the social housing sector does to tackle unemployment.“

    Michelle Daniells, Managing Director

  • Guinness Partnership

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  • Housing Plus Group quotes

    “Our customers’ lives have been changed with some help to get into employment. We’d love to share these through the campaign and to throw the spotlight on the amazing work that housing associations do, beyond providing homes.“

    Clare Chick, Communications Officer

  • Hyde Group

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  • Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing

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    Hilary Bowyer

  • L&Q

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  • Learning and Work Institute quotes

    “Learning and Work Institute (L&W) is an independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and social inclusion. Residents in social housing often face barriers to participating in education and employment opportunities, but these can be overcome. Our research has shown that effective support, provided in their local communities and by professionals they know and trust, can help residents access decent and rewarding employment and progress in work. So we support the #CommunitiesThatWork campaign.“

    Stephen Evans

  • Liverpool Mutual Homes

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  • Liverty

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  • Magenta Living

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  • Melin Homes

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  • Metropolitan

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  • Monmouthshire Housing

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  • National Federation of ALMOs quotes

    “The National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) is the membership body for council housing companies. Our members have been routinely helping their residents improve their employability for many years. Many NFA members see tenant welfare and improving life chances as an essential part of what a locally-owned housing service should offer. But we fail to get the recognition we deserve. This is why we need to shout much louder about the value, both social and financial, that these initiatives bring to their communities, towns and cities. Our members have cast-iron evidence about what works, and we are now putting that evidence behind the Communities that Work campaign.“

    Chloe Fletcher, Policy Director, NFA

  • Northwards Housing quotes

    “Northwards Housing, via our subsidiary 'Yes Manchester', supports tenants and residents across north Manchester into employment, training and volunteering. They also offer business start-up advice and have a small business grants scheme. They support those furthest away from employment and partner agencies support their clients with other issues such as debt, mental health and addiction all of which are additional barriers. They are now part of the newly formed North Manchester Business Network set up to encourage more businesses to employ locally, paying employees the minimum wage and reduce use of zero-hour contracts.“

    Greig Lees

  • Notting Hill Genesis

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  • Nottingham City Homes quotes

    “As the largest provider of social housing within the East Midlands, Nottingham City Homes (NCH) manages around 27,000 homes in some of the most disadvantaged, culturally diverse and economically challenged areas of Nottingham. In line with our vision of ‘creating homes and places where people want to live’, we are committed to helping our tenants into sustainable employment through a variety of pathways. Our Employability Strategy (the Strategy) addresses issues surrounding employment amongst our tenants and how NCH reaches out to all of its communities. In line with our corporate values, the Strategy outlines all of what NCH can offer to inspire and help our tenants and residents into work.“

    Jo Miller

  • Nottingham City Homes

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  • Nottingham Community Housing Association

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  • One Housing Group

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  • One Manchester

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  • Optivo

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  • Orbit Group

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  • Peabody Community Foundation quotes

    “Their unique role mean that many housing associations across the country  already play an important role in helping residents access appropriate employment opportunities in their local communities. Recognising this, celebrating this and encouraging them to do more by  can only be a good thing. This campaign can help bring that about.“

    Jeremy Barker

  • Plus Dane

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  • Radian

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  • Regenda Group

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  • Shepherds Bush Housing Group

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  • Six Town Housing quotes

    “Here at Six Town Housing we actively work to support people living on council estates across Bury into employment through our successful Steps to Success programme. Through our 'We Benefit Bury' Campaign we are striving to do our bit to tackle the negative 'stereotyping' of people living in Social Housing which we see a form of discrimination that needs to be eliminated. We do this on behalf of not only our tenants but also those members of our staff who are also social housing tenants and are impacted by this.“

    Sharon McCambridge

  • Southern Housing Group

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  • Sovereign

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  • St Leger Homes of Doncaster quotes

    “Through our World of Work Academy we actively help our tenants and their families into work locally. We know that access to work can help transform lives and that is why we work with partners locally, including the local college, to help give people the opportunities they need.“

    Kerron Cross

  • Stockport Homes quotes

    “Housing organisations are close to the people who need the most help. They're ideally placed and already doing lots. Going 'above and beyond' traditional housing and it's critical that we get Inclusive Growth right. We can't leave people behind. We need to recognise their commitment and growing expertise.“

    Si Welch

  • Tai Calon

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  • Thames Valley Housing

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  • The Octavia Foundation

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  • Thirteen

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  • Town and Country Housing

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  • Vestia Community Trust (Part of The Community Housing Group)

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  • Vivid Homes

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  • Walsall Housing Group

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  • Wandle Housing Association

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  • West Kent

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  • Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

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  • Yarlington Housing Group

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  • Yorkshire Housing

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  • Your Homes Newcastle quotes

    “YHN runs several projects designed to help its customers into work, including hosting jobs fairs with local employers and employing customers to work as apprentices and on other paid work placements within our organisation. We always find our customers to be enthusiastic about getting into work and, through our own experience, have recruited many fantastic employees from our customer base, lots of whom continue to work for us now. Our customer employees are a very valuable asset, helping to advise how well our services meet customer needs and expectations and providing invaluable insights into service improvement. We are proud to support Communities that Work and look forward to our welcoming many more customers into the world of work in future.“

    Stuart Clarke

  • Your Housing

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