We’re bringing together the most progressive, influential and committed organisations together – cross-sector – to create secure and stable futures for people with personal insight into homelessness.
Meet our HI Future community…
Committing funds in addition to the time, energy and expertise of its teams, our sponsors are helping us realise the future of inclusive employment.
Kelly Singleton, HR Director at MAG-O: “MAG is delighted to be sponsoring this programme. There is a lot of great work taking place across Greater Manchester in this area but this is the most prominent collective effort we’ve seen to date.
We are always looking to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and this includes breaking down socio-economic barriers, as well as looking at areas such as gender and ethnicity. Supporting the communities around our airports is a key focus for MAG and each year we commit a significant amount of time, effort and funding to community projects which really make a difference, like this one.”
Sophie Stephens, Head of Social Value and Sustainability at Balfour Beatty: “We recognise the important role businesses such as ours can play in creating stability and self-worth for those who have experienced homelessness through employment opportunities.
Our industry is facing a skills gap and with a number of significant construction projects in Manchester, we are continually looking to employ a diverse range of people both directly and through our supply chain. This is a really exciting project and something we are proud to be a part of.”
Bringing their networks and opening up to learning about the root causes of homelessness, our supporters are helping us set new precedents in how we can impact the community.
Nicola Quayle, Office Senior Partner at KPMG Manchester: “We’re delighted to be supporting this initiative aimed at understanding and removing barriers to employment for those who have previously experienced homelessness. Homelessness is a deeply complex issue, but having access to meaningful employment can really help in securing better futures for the individuals. Our support is in line with our own wider “Fairer Futures” initiative which we launched as a firm last year, which brought to life our commitment to improving inclusion, diversity and social equality for our people and communities.”
James Hargreaves, Local Director at Lloyds Bank: “We support Noisy Cricket’s and the GCMA’s commitment to reducing homelessness and supporting employment in the Manchester City Region and as a Group we have made a commitment to tackle social disadvantage. This includes addressing financial inclusion through accessible products and services and we are proud to support more basic bank account customers than any other bank.
We opened nearly 250,000 new accounts this year alone, demonstrating our desire to help people get access to banking facilities We’ve also launched the Lloyds Bank Academy in Manchester, providing free digital skills training to anyone that wants it, as part of our commitment to Help Britain Prosper.”
Nina Cioffi, Senior Employment Relations Manager at the DWP: “As part of the Hi Future initiative, we are working collaboratively with employers, other public services, charities and people with lived experiences to help change lives across Manchester.
The scheme is a great opportunity to challenge the stigmas attached to homelessness whilst helping people who have been affected to create secure and stable futures for themselves and families.
We can help homeless people tap into a wide range of support, and there are special measures in place to help anyone without an address, bank account or formal identification.”
Offering up expertise and ensuring people who have experienced homelessness are central to our process, our partners are dedicated to demonstrating the potential of the people we’re aiming to help.
Aileen Stirman, Head of Development at Mustard Tree: “Mustard Tree is passionate about creating opportunities for people in need. We work to help people in need to learn new skills, find work, secure accommodation as well as providing the resources needed to create a home. HI Future looks like it will be another fantastic tool to help us to do even more for the thousands of people who are welcomed at Mustard Tree every year, and anything that creates more opportunities for our people has our full support.”
Venetia Knight, Head of Employment and Enterprise at Groundwork: “As a social enterprise employer and through our service delivery at Groundwork, we know that people seeking work who have experienced homelessness frequently face complex barriers to building a new career – both personal and practical. We are looking forward to collaborating with employers and other charities through the HI Future community to build better employment solutions for homeless people in Greater Manchester”
Michelle Leeson, MD at Growth Company Employment: “At The Growth Company, we’re really pleased to be able to support the HI Future project as we know as an organisation how vital it is to support those with lived experience of homelessness to secure sustainable employment”
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