Torus Foundation is proud to be supporting Communities that Work week, led by Give us a Chance (GUAC) and supported by 24Housing. The campaign, which runs from 20 – 26 May 2019, seeks to raise awareness for the work that the social housing sector does to help people into employment.

As the charitable arm of Torus, the North West’s largest affordable homes provider, the Torus Foundation is passionate about creating stronger communities by supporting people into jobs and training. Across our three heartlands; Warrington, Liverpool and St Helens, we have several initiatives to help our tenants, and the wider communities, build work-ready skills and find jobs.

Between 2018 and 2019, Torus Foundation has helped over 500 people get into work through a number of employment support programmes.

One of these initiatives is New Leaf. Part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, and funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and The National Lottery Community Fund, New Leaf supports thousands of people from across Warrington and Cheshire to overcome their barriers and get closer to work.

One of those people is Patrick. After an injury forced him to leave the army in 2017, Patrick struggled to settle into civilian life. Now, thanks to support from New Leaf, Patrick has started his own personal training business.

Patrick, a New Leaf participant, said:

“From getting my business up and running, as well as help improving my confidence, New Leaf has changed my life. I used to not want to speak to people because I had nothing to tell them, now I could talk to them until dawn! Without them, none of this would have been possible. I’d definitely recommend New Leaf to anybody, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain.”

Torus Foundation is proud to announce that Patrick’s story has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Communities that Work social media competition. The national competition celebrates example of housing providers who have helped people into work and received applications from housing associations across the country.

GUAC Managing Director, Lynsey Sweeney commented:

“The social media competition blew us away. For four months we’ve received incredible stories over social media from housing providers across England and Wales, showcasing the work that their teams do to help people into long term and rewarding employment.”

Torus Foundation’s Managing Director, Kate Shone said:

“Torus Foundation is proud to be supporting GUAC’s Communities that Work campaign which provides recognises the employment support being to tenants and the wider community.”

If you are interested in employment support or other initiatives provided by Torus Foundation, please do not hesitate to contact us via info@torusfoundation.org.uk or call 0300 123 5809.

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