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  • NEW WEBINAR – Members Only: DWP framework agreement for employment & health related services – Monday 6 July, 11am-12pm

Join us to learn how your organisation is impacted by the planned Commercial Agreement for the provision of Employment and Health Related services (CAEHRS).

The DWP is establishing this framework-style agreement for employment and health related services. This Umbrella Agreement will run for 5 years and cover England, Scotland and Wales.  We will look at the bidding and funding outline, the services expected to run from it, and if and how partnerships with housing can be made to work.

To register in advance for this meeting, visit here.

  • Member networking and update event – Friday 17 July, 10am-12pm

Communities that Work members are invited to our first online Member networking event on Friday 17 July. This is in place of our face-to-face regional Member Day, which had been planned for the same date in London.

This free event is an opportunity for members to share updates on sector developments, discuss plans and best practice, and connect with peers from other organisations. Information and a final agenda will be shared next week.

To attend, sign up in advance here.

  • Economic recovery, housing & work: Jobs Plus & CV-19 – Monday 29 June, 2-3.30pm (Members Only)

Join us for an update on this practical, housing-led employment initiative, which the DWP have indicated it will soon support. Jobs Plus is a US-inspired programme, which several Communities that Work members helped to pilot in the UK.

This member-only webinar will bring together Lynsey Sweeney and Stephen Evans of the Learning and Work Institute (LWI), with Jim Riccio from MDRC in New York City – the original architect of Jobs Plus.  After a brief recap of the model, the panel will update you on the state of play for Jobs Plus commissioning and what steps members need to take now to make Jobs Plus a reality in our communities.

Register in advance here for this event.

  • Communities that Work monthly webinar – Friday 26 June – Summary

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the first of our monthly webinars, which took place on Friday 26 June. Lynsey gave an update on the latest news from Communities that Work for members and key issues as we move forward into summer. We were joined by Jo Miller of Nottingham City Homes who shared her experiences of delivering employability services through Covid-19. We also heard from Phoebe Twum-Brown of the housing sector Gem programme, about the work of a team of ‘Gems’ to support the APPG Inquiry into Housing and Employment.

It was great to hear how Nottingham City Homes have adapted their services quickly and effectively to be delivered online alongside keeping in touch with phone calls to vulnerable clients and targeted emails and social media. Jo stressed the importance of maintaining team morale and increasing time that managers provide both to individuals and to teams. She also emphasised that the way services are being delivered now is an evolution rather than a revolution.

Digital exclusion is an issue for all the participants on this webinar – with concerns about lack of connectivity, hardware AND skills needed to use technology effectively – this is an issue across all age ranges from school age children and beyond. Members have been creative in accessing laptops, wifi cost reductions, training and support from a range of sources which is to be welcomed, but more resources and support are needed to ensure that some groups are not left behind.

  • Communities that Work webinar – Friday 29 May – Summary

Thanks to everyone who attended our most recent webinar. The webinar on 29 May was an opportunity for members to share what webinar topics they have found most useful and what issues are of critical concern now. We’ll be seeking more feedback from you and reporting back soon.

  • Communities that Work webinar – Friday 22 May – Summary

Thanks to our colleagues at the Learning and Work Institute for sharing details of the recent report – Help Wanted, Getting Britain Back to Work – at this webinar.

We recorded the discussion which you can view here:

  • Communities that Work webinar – Friday 15 May – Summary

Thanks to Sam Windett, Director of Policy at Impetus for an informative and well-attended webinar on Friday 15 May. Sam is chair of the Youth Employment Group and shared information about their work on youth employment, including the following:

  • Nearly 800,000 young people were out of education, employment, and training before.
  • Young people under the age of 25 are 2.5 times as likely to work in a shutdown sector, (IFS) and graduate employment rates are projected to be 13% lower in 3 years’ time than they would have been had the crisis never happened. (Resolution Foundation)
  • Young people who spend long periods of time unemployed go on to earn less and are more likely to be unemployed in the future.
  • The Youth Employment Group has over 100 members and aims to tackle the immediate and longer-term impacts of Covid-19 on the employment prospects of young people, particularly those who are most disadvantaged.

Sam’s presentation is available to view below.

YEG presentation (1)

  • Communities that Work webinar – Friday 1 May – Summary

Thanks to everyone who attended this webinar, where Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director of Communities that Work discussed the ‘recalibration’ of the APPG Inquiry in light of Covid-19.

Other key points include:

  • The Covid-19 Housing and Employment Taskforce meets weekly with the DWP, and is now working with MHCLG and BEIS.
  • The Youth Employment Group is a group of organisations including Communities that Work, focused on youth employment and Covid-19.
  • The Keep Britain Working campaign, co-founded by the chair of Reed, sees business leaders and politicians join forces to preserve jobs. Communities that Work is an official supporter of the campaign.
  • Communities that Work webinar – Friday 24 April – Summary

Thanks to everyone who attended this webinar, where we heard from Jerome Finnegan, Head of Employment at the Learning and Work Institute (LWI). Jerome presented findings from the LWI’s recent report about coronavirus and the labour market.

This report found that the crisis is set to lead to the sharpest spike in unemployment on record. The gains of five years of employment growth appear to have been reversed in one month. Women, young people and those with lower levels of qualifications are particularly affected by the impact of the lockdown on key sectors.

Jerome’s presentation is available to view below.

Coronavirus and the labour market: Impacts and Challenges (presentation)

  • Communities that Work webinar – Friday 17 April – Summary

Thanks to everyone who attended this webinar. We heard from Lynsey Sweeney, MD of Communities that Work about the Housing and Employment Taskforce, Doing More of What it Takes, a Resolution Foundation report, and the new DWP online Find a Job service.

Shauna Jordan from Stay Nimble joined us to share information about their service:

  • Stay Nimble is a social enterprise set up to provide online careers guidance and coaching. It enables its users to build confidence – with a personal strengths’ assessment, a careers match and access to a free learning hub.
  • The Covid-19 crisis has seen its users struggle with new information, unplanned career changes and issues finding work when many listed vacancies no longer exist.
  • Stay Nimble is adapting the support they offer, with new resources now and in the future.
  • Communities that Work webinar – Friday 3 April – Summary

Almost 30 people joined this webinar where Lynsey Sweeney, our Managing Director, gave an update on Communities that Work’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. The key points include:

  • Housing providers are making a huge contribution to the overall response to the crisis at speed and scale. New partnerships are being formed to support residents and communities.
  • There are competing demands on all providers who are prioritising essential services, dealing with urgent needs and experiencing a spike in unemployment across households that have typically been in work.
  • Communities that Work is working closely with partners and participating in networks to share information, gather intelligence and support members. The first meeting of the Housing and Employment Taskforce has taken place.
  • We continue to engage with Parliamentarians on behalf of the sector, with recent online meetings with Ian Byrne MP and Sir Bob Kerslake.
  • The All-Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry into Housing and Employment remains open for evidence until 29 May 2020.