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50 members strong: Peabody joins the membership body for employment and housing

One of London’s oldest and largest housing associations, Peabody, has joined Give us a Chance (GUAC), pushing membership numbers for the national body to 50.

Peabody owns and manages more than 55,000 homes across London and the South East, housing over 111,000 residents.

Over the past year, Peabody has helped 1231 people into work, and provided employment support to over 2000 residents and the wider community.

Their network of expert employment advisors and brokers work across London to help people become more financially independent through better paid jobs. As well as providing one-to-one employment advice, they also work directly with local employers to broker job opportunities.

Peabody’s employment and training services are free to anyone in the community. Its annual Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair attracts more than 1000 visitors each year, helping eager job seekers to find local training and employment opportunities.

The news comes as Housing Solutions and Grand Union Housing also joined the network in April, and continue to help grow the influence and impact of the membership body.

The new members join ahead of the national Communities that Work week, running 20 – 24 May, which is being run and supported by GUAC.

The campaign is a response to a recent IPPR Report, which showed that social housing tenants are more likely to be unemployed than residents in any other tenure type nationwide.

Speaking of their recent decision to join GUAC, Stephen Burns, Executive Director of Care and Communities at Peabody said: “Becoming a member of GUAC means that our employment and training offer will continue to go from strength to strength. Being able to draw on the expertise and best practice of the wider consortium will be an invaluable resource for our teams.”

Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director of GUAC said: “We are delighted to welcome Peabody, Housing Solutions and Grand Union Housing to Give us a Chance on the eve of Communities that Work week. The work that these housing providers do to help people into long term and rewarding work is vital to creating thriving communities, and helping to sustain tenancies. We look forward to working with them to continue to promote the wider work that the sector does to invest in employment support and help people into work”.

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