New jobs backing for residents

A HOUSING association that is working to provide new homes in a Northumberland village has signed up to help its tenants improve their job prospects.

Two Castles Housing, which will be responsible for the homes currently being built in Mile Road, Widdrington Station, is the latest provider to sign up to the Housing Employment Compact for Northumberland.

The scheme has been launched by the Housing Employment Network to offer access to specialist services for residents in social and supported housing to encourage them to get back to work.

The initiative, which is funded by Northumberland County Council’s Working Neighbourhoods Fund Programme, has been backed by 20 organisations, representing more than 25,000 households.

Two Castles Housing Services Director David Armstrong said: “We hope those of our residents who choose to benefit from this initiative will find this extra support a valuable resource.

“Finding work and having the chance to improve job prospects is a fundamental part of helping people to improve their confidence, as well as getting them into work to learn new skills and meet new people.”

For more information about the employment scheme, telephone 01670 532338 or email housingemploymentnetwork@bernica.com