Community Partnership of the Year 
Organisations working together to form partnerships that support local communities already furthest from the labour market, and have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

The finalists:

Belina Grow, Successful Mums and The Write Time
Nominated by 3SC (3rd Sector Consortium)

3SC won a three-year Parental Employment Programme to support parents of young children to find and retain employment.

It formed a partnership with Belina Grow, Successful Mums and The Write Time, which has achieved amazing resultsthe working relationship is fantastic and is continually growing as the programme develops.

MOU initiative: Trust for London, City Bridge Trust and the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG)
Nominated by Action West London

Unemployment rates for Young Black Men (YBM) have historically been over double that of young white men. In a bid to tackle this, Trust for London, City Bridge Trust and Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) created the ‘Moving on Up’ (MOU)  initiative; a programme to improve employment outcomes for YBM in London.

Kickstart Housing Partnership
Nominated by Clarion Futures

Led by Clarion Housing Group (CHG), the Kickstart Housing Partnership is the largest ever housing sector led and supported community partnership.

The partnership’s 61 housing providers work together to engage and strengthen whole communities and improve life chances.

And the partnership ‘gateway’ offers over 900 vacancies to 16-24 year olds, at risk of long-term unemployment.

SCDA and IT for You at Home
Nominated by Sussex Community Development Association – SCDA

With Covid and lockdown, Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) staff moved swiftly to a remote service but could not offer the full range of services to participants without access to technology.

Its partnership with IT for You meant it could deliver IT equipment to people across all its projects with huge benefits.

Essex Jobcentre Plus
Nominated by Unity Works

Unity Works supports people with learning disabilities to gain skills, achieve qualifications and secure jobs.

It has been working with colleagues across the Essex Jobcentre Plus network on a number of schemes which have been creative and flexible, always striving to work with organisations to provide effective services that genuinely meet the needs of their claimants.

Chaos TV
Nominated by Seetec Pluss

CHAOS and Seetec came together during the pandemic to form CHAOS TV, a unique television station broadcasting exclusively on employment and wellbeing.

When the pandemic hit, customers were feeling isolated, lonely and anxious. CHAOS TV was formed so that the organisations could stay connected to people. It broadcasts live every week, Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 3pm.


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The full list of the finalists across all categories can be found here and more on the awards here.