Alliance Homes' Alliance Plus initiative has won the National Housing Federation's South West 'Building Futures' Community Impact award. Over 180 entries were submitted and the winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 31st October. The 'Building Futures' category celebrates projects which tackle unemployment and provide opportunities for people to gain vital skills and unlock their potential.
The Alliance Plus initiative is a range of projects that have been designed to have a transformational impact on communities across North Somerset. The PopUp Business School is just one of these projects. It ran for two weeks in Weston-super-Mare and offered local residents the chance to learn how to turn their business dreams into reality. As a result of this training course, 23 new businesses have been started which will benefit the local community and economy.
Other projects include the Alliance Homes apprenticeship scheme which has been pioneered in partnership with Weston College, and Life and Soul, which helps older people to live healthier and more active lives. This scheme has been gaining in popularity ever since it was launched in Clevedon and is now being rolled out across more regions in North Somerset.
Michael Williams, Business Enterprise Manager at Alliance Homes, said: "We are so proud that our Alliance Plus initiative won this prestigious award as it demonstrates the difference projects like this make to the communities we work in. It shows that we are committed to putting people first and we are now looking to the future to see how we can expand on this initiative. In January, we are really excited to be launching a social enterprise that provides employment to disabled and disadvantaged local people."