North of Tyne Working Homes

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

North of Tyne Working Homes information

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

North of Tyne Working Homes is a flagship £4.3m employability project, the first large scale employment support programme to be launched across the North of Tyne Combined Authority area of Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside.

In a first for the North East, the project is a partnership between social and council housing providers, housing associations, learning providers and local authorities, designed to help those who are not employed into jobs, education or training.

Working in tandem with tenant support officers, employability specialists provide a range of activities designed to remove the barriers to work. These include helping build confidence, job preparation, gaining skills and work experience, interview skills, using the internet to search and apply for jobs and learning how to create and adapt CV’s for a variety of roles. Advisers can even support where there is no direct connection with employment and can help deal with financial, family and other more personal issues either through their own experience or via a wide range of external support organisations.

Each entrant participating in the project will agree their own personal journey through the project, designed to prioritise actions and activities leading towards employment, education or training. Advisers keep in regular contact and set out a clear progression, ensuring each individual is best placed to take advantage of the opportunities available. Services are delivered at times and in locations that best meet individual needs, including a range of neighbourhood-based hubs.

The programme has signed up over 1000 people to support, and to date has successfully placed over 300 participants into employment, education and training.  Once people enter work, support from an employment coach may continue if needed to help them stay in work and progress.

The unique feature of North of Tyne Working Homes is the integration of employment support and tenancy management, using employment coaches, housing officers and other support workers to provide a more joined up service to the participant. Delivery is carried out by five Housing partners as follows:
  • Bernicia Homes
  • Karbon Homes
  • North Tyneside Housing
  • Northumberland County Council Housing Services
  • Your Homes Newcastle
and is supported by two partners offering specialized personal support and skills development
  • Newcastle Futures
  • Northern Learning Trust
By project completion in March 2022 Working Homes expects to provide support to at least 1,650 North of Tyne residents, of whom over 600 are expected to be placed in work, education or training.

For more information contact Ian Coull on 07966 323661 or ian.coull@northumberland.gov.uk

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