whg is raising awareness of Communities that Work Week, taking place between 20-24 May 2019.
The national Communities that Work campaign aims to raise awareness of the work that housing associations do to help social housing tenants and the wider community into work and long term employment.
whg provides housing for more than 40,000 people across the Midlands, and a key focus of its work is devoted to helping local tenants and the wider community into long term, rewarding work.
Over the past year, whg has helped 1,271 people improve their employability skills through a range of projects and activities. These include weekly work clubs, where jobseekers are able to receive help from a professional work coach and support in finding the latest job vacancies.
Through schemes such as the Black Country Click Start programme whg has helped deliver training and employment support to local people, and improved the digital skills of more than 700 people in the last year.
The Communities that Work campaign is being led by Give us a Chance (GUAC), the national social housing backed body, whose driving purpose is to help individuals into long term and rewarding employment.
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.
In response to this, housing providers are investing in employment training, connecting people to job opportunities, and providing career and personal development support including back to work assistance. whg is one of the largest investors in tackling the unemployment issues experienced amongst social housing tenants locally.
Director of Community Investment Julie Haywood said: “whg are committed to helping improve our customers’ quality of life. Providing services that help customers to increase their skills and support them into work is an essential part of that.
“We are very proud to support Communities that Work, and look forward to sponsoring the first national conference dedicated to community investment – The Centre for Excellence in Community Investment UK Conference 2019, on 21st May.”