GUAC Latest News - 5 November 2018
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Save the date and secure your spot at our Annual Reception

Give us a Chance’s annual reception is fast approaching. This year’s reception takes place on Tuesday 27 November from 6pm to 9pm on the Terrace Pavilions, at the House of Commons.

The invitations are now out to our members, stakeholders and Members of Parliaments. We would like to ask all our members to please make sure to invite all your MPs and peers.

It is also recommended that you RSVP as soon as possible to secure places for your organisation and MPs.

This year’s reception will be an important milestone for GUAC and its members as we launch our campaign, Communities that Work, accompanied by keynote speakers.

We are expecting over 150 guests across the sector. Please RSVP via email to as soon as possible, in order to confirm your attendance.

Lynsey Sweeney to speak at the People’s Powerhouse Convention

GUAC’s managing director, Lynsey Sweeney is heading to Bradford on 20 November to speak at the People’s Powerhouse’s 2018 Convention, at the Northern Commercial Stadium.

The “People are the Powerhouse” is a new movement intended to help shape the debate around the Northern Powerhouse, and to ensure that people and communities are at the heart of the Powerhouse plans, not the periphery.

Lynsey will discuss the relationship and interplay between having both a home and a job. She will also champion the works of housing associations regarding their tenants’ employment. She plans to share the ideas of how to get closer to communities and the importance of partnerships.

The impressive list of speakers at this convention also includes Andy Burnham (Mayor of Manchester), Tony Walsh (respected poet also known as Longfella) and leaders of local authorities and leading organisations from the sector.

You can book your tickets and get more information here. The event also incorporates innovative workshops and informative breakout sessions as well.

Give us a Chance in the leading sector publication

GUAC aims to tackle employment issues facing the sector and our residents, and we’ve been working hard to secure the support of parliamentarians.  We’ve recently led the launch of the new all All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Employment.

Working with PlaceShapers, GUAC launched the APPG in October, with support from a cross section of MPs across the House of Commons. The creation of this important APPG was an excellent news to the sector as a whole, and our story was highlighted in the leading trade press, 24housing. GUAC’s managing director, Lynsey Sweeney’s quotation was featured as she said “I am delighted to reach this milestone and support the formal launch of the new Housing and Employment APPG.

“Through this new group, GUAC, will continue to raise awareness of the work that housing associations do to help social housing tenants and their communities into work, and raise the voice of social housing tenants who are seeking work and in work progression.”

You read the press release on our new APPG here.

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