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Arhag Rise Employment Programme Conferences

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Senior staff at Arhag Housing Association are to reveal details of our innovative scheme to help residents into work at two HouseMark Welfare Reform Club meetings.

We specialise in accommodating migrants and refugees, and are aiming to expand our role beyond landlord functions.

Key staff will tell conferences in Manchester and Hemel Hempstead on November 15 and 17 of the RISE into Employment programme developed in association with Olmec, a BME-led social enterprise.

The course is aimed at helping tenants fulfil their potential and is a key plank of our tenancy sustainability strategy.

Clive Green, Arhag’s Quality and Performance Manager, Sainga Tony, Welfare Reform Project Officer, and John Mayford of Olmec will give details of the how the scheme is so far helping to build careers for 47 residents.

Rise into Employment was given NCFE accreditation in September and has been so successful that Arhag and Olmec are working on a strategy to broaden the scheme over the next five years.

RISE is tailored to individual needs of residents, with a focus on building confidence and helping people to help themselves to overcome application, interview and workplace barriers.

Sainga Tony helped launch the scheme in January with an aim of helping an initial batch of 12 residents.

She said: “Anyone we came into contact we told about the course, whether that was sending out texts or speaking to tenants about rent arrears. It’s open to anyone who needs a helping hand to find a new or a better job.”

HouseMark’s Welfare Reform Club has 85 landlords from local authorities and housing associations and meets three times a year to share insight and best practice in welfare reform.

If you would like more information about the RISE employment programme please get in touch with Sainga Tony on STony@arhag.co.uk or 0207 424 7370.