Adding Social Value

Working together and using our combined buying power, Cumbria Housing Partners makes savings for our members. These savings  add social value when reinvested to create jobs and improve the lives and futures of people living in our communities.

Working with local contractors, CHP creates jobs and apprenticeships for those living in landlord homes. During 2017/18, 24 apprenticeships have been created and supported with local employers . This support includes training bursaries, toolkits and help with driving lessons as well as regular visits to make sure that the apprentices are on track to achieve.

Over the past year Cumbria Housing Partners Fund, administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, has provided grants totaling £70,000  to individuals, community and voluntary organisations for training and projects aimed at improving people’s employability or education. The £100,000 fund has also supported projects which provide advice and guidance, support and engage people in their local community, and improve community facilities

John Clasper, Chairman of Cumbria Housing Partners, said:
“Cumbria Housing Partners’ has been successful in supporting apprenticeships and community projects in our neighbourhoods, over the last 10 years. Working with a recognised Cumbria based grant making body, such as Cumbria Community Foundation, meant that our funds could go further and reach the groups and individuals who most need support.”

The fund was administered by Cumbria Community Foundation, which connects businesses and individuals with the people that need it most. Projects are often able to secure additional funding from other funds managed by the Foundation.

Andy Beeforth, CEO of Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “The Cumbria Housing Partners Fund has  brought real, positive change and brought local communities in Cumbria closer together.”

“We are passionate about matching fundholders with the most deserving projects in Cumbria. This fund is particularly important because it will directly improve skills of some of the most disadvantaged people in our community.”