A HOUSING scheme has been given a cash boost.
Endeavour Housing Association, part of the North Star Housing Group, has pledged almost £7,000 to support a Hartlepool empty homes initiative.
The project, which will be delivered in partnership with Hartlepool NDC Trust, Housing Hartlepool and the Belle Vue Community Centre, aims to bring empty homes in the Belle Vue area of Hartlepool back to life using the skills and labour of local unemployed people.
The cash will be used by Hartlepool NDC Trust to provide a programme of training and support for local people who are keen to get into work in partnership with Housing Hartlepool.
Their day-to-day work experience will see the empty homes brought back to life, providing much needed high quality affordable homes to rent in the area.
Local people taking part in the initiative will gain experience of working on construction sites, as well as an Open College Network qualification.
A package of pastoral support will also be provided by Belle Vue Community Centre, which will include advice on CV presentation, completing job applications and guidance in relation to further education.
Hartlepool College of Further Education and Hartlepool Borough Council will offer follow on learning, training and employment opportunities to those participating in the initiative.
Hartlepool NDC Trust started work on site on Monday, April 22, and will be renovating four homes in the Borrowdale Street area of Belle Vue.
Sally Thomas, head of community investment at North Star Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to be part of this initiative. Not only does it give local people the chance to develop skills and confidence and to discover new employment opportunities, it is also helping the community more widely.” Four people are currently training on the construction site, with more joining in July.