Leeds housing association offers pathway to health and social care jobs

BME-led housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise is supporting young people in Leeds to pursue a career in health and social care.

Unity has been chosen to engage with individuals aged 16-25 through Healthier Working Futures Leeds, a new partnership of health, care and third sector organisations which has received more than £300,000 from the Government’s UK Community Renewal Fund.

The partners aim to connect with over 600 unemployed and economically inactive young people across the city, with a particular emphasis on those facing barriers to employment such as learning difficulties or disabilities, mental health issues, family breakdown and homelessness.

Unity Housing Association was formed in 1987 with the objective of building a strong, BME-led, community housing association to address the needs of black and minority ethnic communities in Leeds. Alongside two schemes in Huddersfield, a new affordable housing development has recently been completed in Cleckheaton.

Unity’s Employment Services team will provide one-to-one support for up to 90 young people including assisting with job applications, the preparation of CVs, interview role-play exercises and attending events and job fairs to help candidates with confidence building.

Group sessions and workshops will also be delivered to improve digital skills and share useful information and job finding tips.

Lorraine Charlton, Unity Employment Outreach Officer, said: “We are excited to be playing our part in facilitating talented young people to work in health and social care. Over the past three years, our Employment Services team have helped almost 400 clients into jobs, more than 600 into training and 40 into voluntary roles. Of the 104 individuals aged 16-25, 34 gained employment, 41 entered training and six became volunteers. There is no shortage of capable young people out there who simply need informed advice and signposting to find the right opportunities. Unity looks forward to playing this role.”