WCHG set to offer help to those furthest from employment

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group - part of Manchester Athena - is proud to be selected for the second stage of the ‘Building Better Opportunities’ programme funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund (ESF).

If successful, local people from across Manchester could be benefiting as soon as Autumn 2016.

This new funding will enable hundreds of local people who feel isolated from the jobs market to get a leg up in life. Working one-to-one with a dedicated mentor, residents will have access to the extra help they need to get into work.

Sarah Klueter, Assistant Director, Community Investment and Regeneration said “Social landlords work with thousands of people living in poverty each day across Manchester. We know that people want to have a job, have friends and get involved. Yet if you’re struggling with long term unemployment, homelessness, domestic abuse, disability, caring responsibilities, or trying to learn English things can be a hundred times harder. This investment brings together our local networks of partners and our successful history of intensive one-to-one support to give local people a leg up and help them get to where they want to be.”

Manchester Athena is a partnership between Greater Manchester’s social landlords, enabling them to scale up successful employment, enterprise and skills programmes by working together. Contracts for £161m of skills and employment funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) are being distributed in Greater Manchester. Bidding for this work will mark the first major use of Manchester Athena.