Communities that Work are proud to work in partnership with the following organisations. Our partners create links for Communities that Work members to the employment, skills and other relevant sectors and work closely with Communities that Work on information sharing, member briefings, specialist advice and 1-1 partnership development.
Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
AELP represents the interests of a range of organisations delivering vocational learning and employment and employability support. The majority of their 800+ members are independent providers (from both the private and the third sectors) holding contracts with the Skills Funding Agency, the Department for Education (Education Funding Agency) and the Department of Work and Pensions. Communities that Work and the AELP share an MOU agreement to work together and increase partnerships between housing, skills & apprenticeships.http://www.aelp.org.uk/
Big Lottery Fund
The BLF distributes over £500 a year to communities across the UK. Communities that Work sits on the Building Better Opportunities Fund Evaluation panel, which is run by www.ecorys.com, to learn from each BBO project, many of which are run by Communities that Work members and housing association partnerships. Communities that Work will retain a seat on the this panel for the life of all BBO projects.https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/
Centre for Social Justice
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is an independent think tank that studies the root causes of Britain’s social problems and addresses them by recommending practical, workable policy interventions. The CSJ’s vision is to give people in the UK who are experiencing the worst disadvantage and injustice every possible opportunity to reach their full potential.
Communities that Work sit on the CSJ’s Housing Commission, which was established to address issues around housing and poverty. The Commission investigates a wide range of housing issues shaping the experiences of society’s most disadvantaged.
Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)
The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) is a consortium of 14 institutions led by the University of Glasgow.
The centre is a multidisciplinary partnership between academia, housing policy and practice. CaCHE researchers work to produce evidence and new research that will contribute to tackling the UK’s housing problems at a national, devolved, regional, and local level.
CaCHE is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.https://housingevidence.ac.uk/
The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the representative body for the employment support sector which supports jobseekers to gain, sustain and progress in work. ERSA members span the private, public and voluntary sectors ranging from multinationals through to small specialist charities operating in their local communities.
“Communities that Work are at the forefront of thinking on housing, employment and skills. It’s a dynamic consortium of organisations not only going the extra mile for their own residents, but also working collectively to improve the system overall to improve the opportunities open to individuals in social housing and their wider communities. The partnership with Communities that Work has been extremely productive and we are proud to work with them.”http://www.ersa.org.uk
HACT is committed to promoting ideas and innovation across the housing sector.
Communities that Work sit on the Advisory Group of HACT’s ‘Centre for Excellence in Community Investment’. Over 3 years, the Centre will provide a platform for promoting the importance of community investment both within and outside of the social housing sector; provide a mechanism for community investment professionals to share and develop their practice and ensure that community investment underpins housing providers as they evolve their services and relationships with their customers and communities.
The IEP is the membership body for employability professionals. The IEP is dedicated to supporting the people who support others gain work, progress in work and retain work.
Their purpose is empowering individuals to perform to a professional standard. championing employability as a recognised profession, securing employer recognition and creating a network of opportunity.
“The Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) is keen to engage and support all professionals working as Employability Practitioners within many different kinds of organisations. The work that Housing Associations, in particular, do is often holistic and has a great social purpose and we are committed to a partnership where we can bring our resources and support to an environment where Communities that Work Members support some of the most disadvantaged people in our society and where best practice and the sharing of inclusive partnerships is key to individual and community social change.”http://www.myiep.uk/
Institute for Public Policy Research
IPPR is a registered charity and the UK’s pre-eminent progressive think tank. IPPR engages with the public, with opinion formers, and policymakers and politicians of all parties and none. In 2018, Communities that Work and IPPR worked with the Communities that Work membership and key stakeholders to produce new thinking and policy recommendations on ‘Building Communities that Work’.https://www.ippr.org/research/publications/building-communities-that-work
Learning and Work Institute (LWI)
LWI are an independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. We bring together over 90 years of combined history and heritage from the ‘National Institute of Adult Continuing Education’ (NIACE) and the ‘Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion.https://www.learningandwork.org.uk/
National Housing Federation
The National Housing Federation is the voice of housing associations in England. Our vision is a country where everyone can live in a good quality home they can afford. Our members provide two and a half million homes for more than five million people. And each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities. Communities that Work is working with the NHF on housing sector responses to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, a proposed successor fund to European Social Funds.https://www.housing.org.uk/about-us/
University of Salford, SHUSU
SHUSU is a multidisciplinary research group at the University of Salford.
It seeks to understand complex social issues and work towards social justice, and they are actively engaged in research that highlights the processes, outcomes and impacts of marginalisation on individuals and communities. Communities that Work and SHUSU are now working together on research into the impact of employment services in housing.