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Posted on 29 May 2019

Hyde Social Value Advisor Chichi Onyenemelu was at the launch of Housing works: Assessing the impact of housing association employment support, hosted by Lord Best at the House of Lords on 20 May and attended by MPs and a select group of representatives from the housing sector.

The research, carried out by the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit at the University of Salford, Manchester, was commissioned by Give Us A Chance (GUAC), a leading group of social landlords helping people into work, of which Hyde is a member.

“The report concludes that housing associations provide significant and vital employment-related support to tenants, that positively affect employment levels,” Chichi said. “It recommends that housing associations should be investing at least £25-£30 per housing unit, per year, and should also invest in job clubs and enterprise development.

“We also discussed what more housing associations could do to strengthen efforts to support residents into work and how to measure this impact. We need to work with developers to design better tools for impact measurement, so we can better demonstrate value.”

Chichi talked about the work of the Hyde Foundation and stressed the importance of tapping into the supply chain to maximise employment-related support and opportunities for residents. She also discussed the aims of the Social Value Leadership Group she founded in 2018.

“It was a very insightful event and provided an opportunity to discuss how necessary partnership working is to not only deliver employment support, but also in ensuring boards understand and embrace the unique role housing associations play in reducing unemployment,” she added.

Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director of GUAC said: “This research shows the importance of our members' work and the wider social housing sector in delivering good quality, flexible and creative employment support to the tenants, residents and communities that we serve.

“The report gives valuable insight from the communities that we serve; demonstrating the value people place on the right support at the right time, showing progression into good quality work and the impact of tenant welfare, wellbeing and livelihoods in the long term on sustainable tenancies.”

Read the full report here