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A big thank you

Thank you to all those who attended our AGM and annual reception last week.

It’s your support that allows Give us a Chance to be the strongest voice for employment support in the social housing sector, and it’s because of you that we have an impact nationally.

Our AGM saw the GUAC board of directors elected to their roles, and set out the direction for GUAC in the year ahead.

The evening’s annual reception, sponsored by Seetec and held in the House of Commons, acted as a great reminder and celebration of the work that our members do.

With over 120 guests and stakeholders from across the sector, the evening provided an inspiring backdrop - with a rally of speeches from Love London Working, Manchester Athena/One Manchester, the Learning and Work Institute, our event sponsors Seetec and our parliamentary sponsor, Peter Aldous MP.

Our keynote speaker Jim McMahon MP, newly appointed Shadow Minister for Communities, Local Government and Devolution summed it up perfectly when he said “never forget that just one act of kindness, of encouragement towards someone in their life, can make a lasting difference, and can change lives”.

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Webinar: Residents, Enterprise and Support

Join us on our next webinar to examine and discuss how housing organisations can unlock business potential and entrepreneurialism for everyone - so that even the most disadvantaged residents can gain business success.

In this webinar we’ll consider the impact that residents have when they start businesses, and look at what type of support works to help people at a grassroots level. We’ll learn how we can ensure that the benefits of small local businesses are brought into more communities.

The webinar will feature Richard Lanning, co-founder of a social enterprise that has now helped over a thousand resident entrepreneurs to look at starting their own business.

To register for the event, visit our events page here.

Learning and Work: Youth Employment Convention 2016

Sign up to the Youth Employment Convention 2016, taking place on December 5, London.

Organised by the Learning and Work Institute, the Youth Employment Convention will explore youth potential, and how the UK can maximise and unlock “Britain’s greatest asset”.

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills has confirmed that he will be presenting a keynote speech at the Convention in London.

The Convention hopes to showcase the most innovative support from across the country and explore the evidence of what’s really working, to enable all young people to gain the skills and experience they need for work and throughout their lives.

GUAC’s Lynsey Boother will also be running a session on employment support within the social housing sector.

The Convention will focus on a number of key themes throughout the day, supplemented by best practice masterclasses. Themes include:

  • Life and Society
  • Pathways to employment
  • Work and Careers
  • Improving the system
  • Promoting Learning and Skills

To sign up for your place at the convention, visit the Learning and Work events page here.

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