Housing association Moat and their repairs and maintenance provider, Morgan Sindall Property Services (MSPS), have kicked off a ten-year programme of community projects and initiatives to support customers. Their expansive plans for the next six months include work experience opportunities, engagement with local schools, energy awareness support, digital inclusion sessions and gardening wellbeing projects among much more, all facilitated by Moat’s community arm, Moat Foundation.
They held the first of their monthly energy cafes and employability sessions at the Stanhope Community Hub in Ashford in April. The energy cafes support customers with savings on energy bills, while the employability sessions give guidance on creating a CV, searching for a job and preparing for an interview.
Luke Culling, MSPS Social Value Officer, said: “I love delivering these sessions and giving people the support they need, whether through signposting to services, giving useful advice or teaching practical skills. We want all customers to feel supported and are confident these sessions will be valuable, especially in the current climate.”
Freddie, a resident who took part in one of the recent employability sessions, said: “I really appreciate the platform you’ve provided for me to increase my chances for work in the future using online training and courses; I’m really excited about this.”
Morgan Sindall Property Services was appointed as Moat’s new repairs and maintenance contractor in April 2022 and will be providing fundamental social, employment and wellbeing support to Moat’s customers as part of the new contract.
Mumtaz Samad, Head of Moat Foundation, said: “We’re looking forward to working with Morgan Sindall’s team to jointly deliver some really worthwhile community engagement and social value activities for our customers and wider communities.”
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