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North of Tyne Working Homes

Supporting more North of Tyne residents to become economically active and move into work is central to our Inclusive Economy ambitions.

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North of Tyne Working Homes is the first large scale employment support programme we have launched. It is an innovative partnership between housing providers housing associations, learning providers and local authorities, including:

  • Bernicia Homes

  • Karbon Homes

  • Newcastle Futures Ltd

  • North Tyneside Housing

  • Northern Learning Trust

  • Northumberland County Council Housing Services, and

  • Your Homes Newcastle.

The partnership is testing a new approach to supporting housing tenants to develop their skills and move into work. Housing providers are well placed to working with their own tenants, and by being part of a wider partnership can deliver a range of support which is flexible and tailored to individual need. The breadth of the partnership means this can include formal and informal learning, skills development, job preparation, job brokerage and help to manage tenancies. Once people enter work, support from an employment coach will continue to help them stay in work and progress.

A key feature is the integration of employment support and tenancy management, using employment coaches and other support workers as part of housing management teams. As well as help to find work, tenants can build their resilience and gain the skills to maintain successful tenancies.

Services are delivered in locations that best meet tenant need, including a range of neighbourhood based hubs across the area providing on-site services within wider social community networks. They are familiar and easily accessible to local tenants as centres of on-site education and training and wider learning.

Between April 2019 to March 2022 Working Homes will support to at least 1,650 of our residents.

For more information contact Ian Coull on 07966 323661

Northumberland County Council acts as Lead Accountable Body for North of Tyne Working Homes on behalf of the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

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North of Tyne Working Homes is part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural Investment Funds Programme.