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Bags of Help – an opportunity for members

National communities and environment charity, Groundwork, are appealing to GUAC members to take part in the Bags of Help scheme, which can provide funding opportunities for local community improvement initiatives.

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which helps fund local projects that promote community participation in improving or accessing outdoor spaces. The grants are funded by the 5p bag levy, which apply in all nationwide Tesco stores. To date the scheme has helped thousands of local community projects get off the ground.

Groundwork administers Bags of Help on behalf of Tesco, throughout England and Wales, and in partnership with Greenspace Scotland, in Scotland.

Groundwork is particularly keen to encourage applications from GUAC members, from across the following areas: South Wales, Leeds, Nottingham, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, London, Leicester, Derby, and Burton.

If you feel that your housing organisation, or any projects in your area, could benefit from the grant, and to find out more details about how the scheme is administered locally, visit the website here.

Alternatively, contact the Bags of Help grants hotline on 0121 237 5780 or email

South London Jobs Fair Goes Central!

This year the South London Jobs Fair is moving to Lambeth for a more central location.

Sign up for the sixth annual South London Jobs Fair on 22 June 2017, and get involved with another fantastic opportunity to help your residents into employment and training.

The South London Jobs Fair has already attracted thousands of jobseekers as well as hundreds of organisations from a variety of sectors offering thousands of job and training opportunities, plus “Jobs on the Spot”. There are also free workshops and advice available.

If you’re interested in becoming a partner Housing Association and want to benefit from helping your residents, or want to find out more about the event, contact the South London Jobs Fair team on 0203 828 1355 or via email on or visit

Get a taste of the South London Jobs Fair. Read the Evaluation Summary SLJF 2016 here:

Keep connected with the South London Jobs Fair’s latest news on social media:

Facebook: /slondonjobsfair
Twitter: @slondonjobsfair


Understanding the Work and Health Programme: The Sequel!

30 January, Birmingham City Centre

The Work and Health Programme is (nearly) here.  In January the DWP will invite tenders from shortlisted suppliers, who will then have just two months to submit their bids.

ESRA will be hosting a one day conference in Birmingham, to follow on from the invitation to tender.

GUAC will be exhibiting at the event, and look forward to catching up with newly announced Work and Health Programme Framework Primes, potential sub-contractors, and housing organisations, to make practical connections and understand joint working models.  GUAC hopes to see members there and welcomes introductions to new members too - come and see us !

What you will hear

  • Learning and Work Institute’s assessment of the Work and Health Programme Invitation to Tender, including:
  • Programme design – what government wants, what it might get, and what would work
  • Performance expectations – our assessment against benchmarks from other programmes and for different groups
  • The financials – independent modelling of capital requirements, cashflow, break-even points and financial risk
  • The accelerator model – what it is, how it will work, the opportunities and the risks
  • Client groups – potential volumes, characteristics and needs
  • Contract package areas – characteristics, scale and viability – with and without London and Manchester
  • Responses and perspectives from senior figures in the design and delivery of employment services
  • Views from devolution deal areas on their priorities, role, opportunities and risks
  • Lessons on service co-ordination, alignment and integration – with views from local government, health, housing and skills

For more details, including details on how to book your place – visit the ERSA website here.

GUAC Members’ day: Friday 27 January, 2017

Don’t forget to RSVP your place at the next members day, if you have not already done so.

We’ll be hearing from DWP officials on their plans to support more people with disabilities into work, and feeding directly into their policy via a workshop style session with them. We’ll also get the very latest news from the Work and Health Programme, and an update on where some GUAC members now are in their plans for contracting and delivery.

The Member Day is part of the GUAC membership offer and all members are most welcome to attend. Please RSVP to secure your place, asap:

When: Friday 27th January 2017, 10-4pm
Where: The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU

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