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Weaver Vale Housing Trust joins Communities that Work

Communities that Work is delighted to welcome Weaver Vale Housing Trust as a new member. Weaver Vale Housing Trust is a Large-Scale Voluntary Transfer housing association which owns more than 6100 homes and community facilities across Cheshire.

Over the past nine months, Weaver Vale has helped 43 people into sustainable employment and supported 83 people to a place where they are able to look for work. This support is delivered by its in-house team and as a partner for the New Leaf programme. In 2019 Weaver Vale was recognised as one of the UK’s top 25 of companies by the Sunday Times Top 100, and nominated for two TPAS Awards 2020.

With many residents experiencing financial difficulties due to insecure and low-paid jobs, staff support individuals in-work as well as those seeking employment. Its customers include those living in towns with poor transport links, and others in neighbourhoods with some of the highest deprivation rates in the country.

“We are delighted that Weaver Vale Housing Trust has joined the growing membership of Communities that Work,” said Lynsey Sweeney, Director. “This enables us to further strengthen the voice of housing providers in supporting people into sustainable, rewarding work.”

Sarah Saward, Head of Income, Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: “Becoming a member of Communities that Work is an opportunity for Weaver Vale to further shape our employment and training offer. We have a great team in place who are keen to maximise the impact of our support and develop creative solutions to issues such as in-work poverty.  We recognise that enabling customers to find permanent, secure work is essential in sustaining tenancies and avoiding the poverty trap low-paid, insecure work can lead to. Connecting with other providers and drawing on their experience will enable us to respond even more effectively to our customers’ needs and aspirations.”

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