Efficiency North established EN:Able Communities CIO in August 2015 to support the regeneration of communities in Yorkshire and Humber served by its membership of social housing providers.
Any surplus generated by Efficiency North, plus regeneration funds generated by EN:Procure’s procurement frameworks, are gifted to the charity. These funds are then distributed in a variety of ways in order to provide support to a diverse range of people and communities served by Efficiency North's membership of social housing landlords in Northern England.
In 2019 we re-focussed our efforts to concentrate on support for employment and skills to support communities across Northern England. These have included the DWP Kickstart Gateway 6-month work placements for 16 - 24 year olds and Construction Skills 4 Life entry level training at the Humber Construction Hub.
In 2022, to help Efficiency North's member landlords address the challenges of filling the 'green' skills gap and making homes more energy efficient to achieve Net Zero targets, we began working in partnership with The Retrofit Academy to deliver retrofit training and qualifications for tenants and residents.
We have channeled funding into:
Local community projects through the Community Investment Fund – £650k+ in grants to 159 nnovative projects supporting local tenants and residents.
Employment and Training projects through the Social Mobility Fund – £70k in grants to 7 local projects to boost Social Mobility across Yorkshire and Humber.
Apprentice Support – grants to help both hire and keep apprentices facing challenges in work.
In 2019 EN:Able Communities branched out into new revenue streams, applying for grants and funding to allow us to begin creating and supporting local projects, delivering high quality training and social mobility programmes across the North of England. MORE INFORMATION HERE
Our externally funded high impact programmes, such as the Humber Construction Hub in Hull, have led to over 1,000 people so far being engaged in a career in construction, with almost 800 of these taking part in a training programme to get them employment and site ready.
If you have any questions about EN:Able Communities, please contact Head of Operations Simeon Perry at E:firstname.lastname@example.org
EN:Able Communities is a Registered Charity, Number 1163304, registered in England and Wales.
More on the Charities Commission website HERE.