An initiative to help people realise their potential has been shortlisted in the prestigious UK Housing Awards 2014.
Isos Housing’s Back in the Game initiative is one of six left in the running for the Innovation Award in the awards, organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine.
Now in their 18th year, this year’s awards attracted more than 250 entries from all over the UK.
The social landlord invested a significant sum in the initiative, a 10-week Back in the Game employability programme which taught numeracy, literacy and work skills and fitness classes, led by coaching staff at Sunderland football club.
So far, the Back in the Game initiative has found jobs for six of the participants and helped 20 get new qualifications – as well as helping all the participants improve their fitness and self confidence. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, April 29.