Our affordable housing community investment fund is supporting 24 projects that are delivering employment and training support, tenancy sustainability activities and youth diversionary activities.
In Hull, for example, a partnership has been developed with the city council and Arts Council England to provide community arts activities involving customers in the Springbank area. To date, over 250 people have engaged in the project.
The Places Foundation has invested in 17 projects which are delivering services to address social issues such as digital exclusion, social isolation, wellbeing, employment and training. For example, Cotman Housing Association is delivering the Skills Swap project in Harwich and Clacton, which aims to encourage community cohesion and help people who are economically inactive to learn new skills, develop their confidence and make new friends. The Places Foundation also manages the Touchstone Fund, which has funded nine projects to help people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
The projects are providing furniture grants, delivering alternative therapy, providing a night shelter and offering tenancy support. For example, the Furnish a Home project in Cambridgeshire, delivered by Hope Social Enterprises, helps formerly homeless customers with essential household items for their new homes.