We’ll discuss these: The challenges The case for community investment by social landlords g15 investment in communities – what and how?
London WellbeingConference 2013Creating Communitiesin the CapitalPresentation byHelen Cope
What is community investment?Community investment is investment inpeople rather than bricks and mortar: e.g. Employment and skills Health Financial and social inclusion Safer neighbourhoods Empowerment and capacity building
Context Welfare reform Local cooperation Social Value Act 2012 ‘Big society’ Austerity Rising unemployment
Context: National UK unemployment rate 2.51 million or 7.8 per cent; 1.3 million have been unemployed for over one or two years; 945,000 unemployed 16 to 24 year olds, 1in 5; In some hotspots over 1 in 3 working-age residents are out ofwork; Fewer than half of social tenants of working age are believed tobe in employment; 80% of new housing association tenants aged 16-24 areunemployed; Skills levels are also low.
The Challenge in social housing• 62% of households in the social housing sector receivehousing benefits• 68% of households in the social housing sector haveincomes less than £15,000• 31% of households in the social housing sector are ofretirement age• 43% of people living in the social housing sector have along term disability• 20% of people living in social housing are children
G15 investment in communities 2011-12 Programmes and services benefitting over 87,000Londoners £40.3 million a year invested in communities( jobs, better skills, improved health andopportunities) 2,000 people into work with an estimated saving tothe Treasury of a £46 million; 5,000 young people through educational ortraining programmes: potential saving to thepublic purse of £29 million. 87% satisfied 840 projects were delivered
Chart 2: Spending by service area43%16%12%12%10%4%3%Employment supportCommunity CohesionYoung persons initiativesFinancial inclusionEnergy savingTackling ASBDigital Inclusion
Job pathways 2,000 people moved into work: a saving of £46million to theeconomy; 23,250 Londoners benefitted from access to jobs and jobpathways; 3,800 people attended accredited training courses with 3,000completing them; 293 apprenticeships were taken up; 14,200 Londoners received advice and guidance leading to jobspathways; 625 people benefitted from paid placement and a further 500into work experience placements; 1,860 Londoners developed skills through volunteeringplacements.
Inspiring young people Over 1.5 million children live in London. 40% or 600,000 of them live in poverty 1 in 4 youngpeople in London are unemployed (25%); 1 in 3.6 young men are unemployed (27%) and 22%of young women; Nearly 1 in 2 black and Pakistani young adults arejobless (44%); 24,000 have been unemployed for over 12 months; London’s youth unemployment rate is the highest inthe country after Yorkshire.
Inspiring young people In 2011-12 the g15 invested £4.9 million in over 300specific services for young people. They assist youngpeople through dedicated programmes including: Delivering almost 300 apprenticeships; Volunteering and participation including youngcitizenship programmes; Capacity building through sport and arts; Family support and early interventions includingparenting; Children leaving care; Youth crime prevention; Money advice.
Supporting resilient communities 208 community safety/community cohesion projectswere delivered; Over 60 projects were delivered specifically todeflect anti-social behaviour; 6,270 Londoners were engaged and progressedthrough wellbeing sessions; Almost 4,000 family interventions were achieved; £9.6 million was invested by the g15 (excludingexternal funding) in supporting communities. significant support to voluntary, community sector,and social enterprise partners is provided across thecapital.
Strategic approach People – creating maximum opportunity toimprove the quality of life of individuals Partnerships – building strong links with keyexternal partners Performance – measure impact Funding
Vulnerablee.g. Ex Offender/Homelesse.g. employabilityconfidence buildingVulnerablee.g. Ex Offender/Homelesse.g. employabilityconfidence buildingOlder persone.g. VolunteeringPT workingHealthActivitiesOlder persone.g. VolunteeringPT workingHealthActivitiesAdulte.g. Employment and skillsFinancial inclusionHealth and well beingParental skillsAdulte.g. Employment and skillsFinancial inclusionHealth and well beingParental skillsYoung Person(16-25) e.g.Apprenticeships/skillsPlacementsSportLeisurePreventing ASBYoung Person(16-25) e.g.Apprenticeships/skillsPlacementsSportLeisurePreventing ASBChild(under 16) e.g.Schools initiativesBreakfast clubsPre-schoolPlayChild(under 16) e.g.Schools initiativesBreakfast clubsPre-schoolPlayPEOPLEPLACEPARTNERSHIPPEOPLEPLACEPARTNERSHIP
Employment and SkillsAcademy Specialist interventions to remove barriers toemployability Benefits and Financial advice Peer Mentoring and Coaching (face to face andtelephone) Accredited programmes of vocational and basic skillssupport linked to local colleges, Links to National Careers Service helpline Volunteering Programme Parenting and “Home Maker” Programmes Preferred partner for apprenticeship training
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