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Community House secures another year's funding

The future of Community House in Wisbech has been secured for another 12 months, thanks to support that Fenland District Council has gained from Clarion Housing Group.

Community House sign

It means the house in Southwell Road will continue to provide a range of services for another full year while the council continues to explore long-term funding options.

Clarion Housing Group, which includes Circle Housing, has offered to fund the house's "Job Club" service over the next financial year (2017/18).

The service is focused on helping people off benefits and into work. It involves a programme of community-based activities designed to increase local residents' skills and confidence and help them make the most of opportunities for training and volunteering.

Funding the council had previously secured from the Department of Work and Pensions has kept the house open over the past year.

Councillor Mike Cornwell, the council's Cabinet member responsible for communities, said: "We're delighted that Clarion has come in to help fund the service for next year. It's a great vote of confidence in the value of the work that's done at Community House.

"The fact that we have succeeded in gaining this grant could also help us secure further funding from other sources in the future."

Phil Miles, Director of Community Investment at Clarion Housing Group, said: "We are pleased to support Job Club to remain open for an additional 12 months and hope the council will be able to attract further funding to ensure its long-term future."

Clarion Housing Group

Clarion Housing Group owns and manages 125,000 homes across 176 local authorities. It is the largest housing association in the UK and one of the country's leading housebuilders. It has a combined turnover of £827 million, a surplus before tax of £233 million and existing assets worth £20 billion.

The result of a merger between Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing Group in 2016, Clarion Housing Group comprises a group of housing associations and a charitable foundation.

The Group's development ambitions are to build 50,000 new homes over the next ten years, two thirds of which will be for affordable rent and home ownership. It will work with the public and private sector to maximise supply of desperately needed new homes.  Homes for sale and shared ownership will be marketed through a new sales brand - Latimer.

The charitable foundation will deliver one of the largest social investment programmes in the country. It will:

  • Support over 4,000 people into work each year.

  • Provide 250 high-quality apprenticeships a year.

  • Give 3,000 residents free debt advice and provide over 2,000 affordable loans helping residents take control of their finances.

  • Assist 15,000 young people a year to make a better start in life through targeted interventions.

Article added March 21, 2017