GUAC Latest News - 9 April 2018
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Melin sign up to Give us a Chance

GUAC is delighted to welcome Melin to the membership body. By joining GUAC, Melin become part of the largest network of housing organisations - and their supporters - who provide employment and training support to residents in need.

Together, our members already provide homes and services to over 2 million residents across England and Wales. Our newest member helps to further strengthen GUAC’s presence across Wales; Melin owns and manages over 4,000 homes for individuals and families living in Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Newport and Powys.

Speaking of the latest news, Chair of GUAC, Jayne Entwistle said: “I’m delighted to welcome Melin to Give us a Chance. Melin has a clear commitment to delivering employment support to its residents, and an equally clear commitment to the work of GUAC.”

GUAC talks with New York

This week, GUAC will be co-hosting the first ever housing and employment roundtable, between New York and London.

GUAC, L&W and New York based think tank, MDRC are bringing together leading stakeholders from both cities to discuss how we can learn from each other's experiences and improve the life chances of all our city's tenants. In London, we have Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills at the GLA, Jules Pipe, whilst in New York we will be hearing from the Commissioner of the New York City Housing Preservation and Development in NYC, Maria Torres-Springer.  Hosted in real time, this web based video conference, marks a step forward for collaboration between the two cities, as we both seek to learn from each other, to tackle and improve employment and working prospects in both city’s social tenancies.

The event will consider shared experiences of employment interventions in social housing and public housing and seek to adopt best practice for our cities. We’ll report on the event to all members. 

GUAC appoints first Managing Director

GUAC is delighted to welcome its first full time member of staff on board, the new Managing Director, Lynsey Sweeney.

Lynsey has already been working closely with GUAC over the past few years, as a senior advisor to the organisation. Her new role will see her lead on strategic direction of GUAC, as well as overseeing the day to day operational business and member engagement.

Talking of the recent appointment, Chair of GUAC, Jayne Entwistle said: “I’m delighted to welcome Lynsey on board as the first Managing Director of GUAC. This new role marks a step change in the work of GUAC, and puts us in a stronger position to drive our work forward and secure even more impact on the housing and employment agenda in England and Wales.”

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