Newground Together has joined Communities that Work, the leading national body of social landlords aiming to transform lives for good, by enabling housing providers to support people into rewarding, sustainable employment.
Nic McGrath, Communities Programme Director for Newground Together, said: “We’re really excited to join Communities that Work. Our membership will enable us to tap into the consortium’s ongoing dialogue with the government and further strengthen our relationship with our MPs, as well as growing our network with employment providers.
“As a member, we will also have access to webinars, members’ conferences, sector events and roundtable discussions to hear about latest developments in the sector and enable us to influence and develop best practice.”
Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director of Communities that Work, added: “The UK’s social housing sector is one of the largest investors in tackling unemployment. Housing associations alone invest around £70m a year in employment and training support programmes – £60m of this is from their own funding.
“But the sector fails to get the recognition we deserve.
“Too often Government and stakeholders don’t have sight of the work that the sector does to help people into work. This means that when Government and policy makers are designing work and employment policies, the social housing sector is out of sight and out of mind.
“We aim to show national and local government the true scale of social housing’s investment into employment-related services and outline how government can do more to work with the social housing sector to close the tenant employment gap.”
Research commissioned by Communities that Work revealed that unemployment amongst social housing tenants is far higher than the national average, and far outstrips any other UK tenancy breakdown:
Around half of all working age social housing tenants are in work. Housing Associations invest £70m a year to support more tenants to access employment
Unemployment is twice the national average and economic inactivity is three times higher. One in three tenancies struggle to pay their rent, and more than half of all tenancies rely on housing benefit
In the last 12 months, Newground Together has supported over 1,000 people with employment and training needs including social housing tenants, over 50s, 18-24s NEET, BAME, long-term unemployed, military service leavers, care leavers and ex-offenders.
Of these, Newground Together has also helped over 300 people into work. In addition to improved financial situations, clients have reported improvements in health and emotional wellbeing, home environment and family support.
In addition, more than 600 have been supported into training from English, Maths and IT to customer service, business admin, health and safety and first aid, with over 160 people awarded accredited qualifications.
Newground Together’s employment offer includes:
1-2-1 support & advice for individuals looking for work
Getting candidates ‘job ready’
Assisting with job applications
Sourcing local vacancies
Building partnerships with local employers