Housing and worklessness

Housing and Worklessness Project

Changes to benefits and to social housing tenancies affect many people in the Royal Borough. As a response, the Council set up a Housing and Worklessness project in 2012. The project aims to improve the way we work with housing associations in the borough, including the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), to help them to coordinate the support given to residents to help them into work and training.

Residents are referred to one of five gateway agencies:

  • ClementJames Centre: supports the long-term unemployed back into work with one-to-one support; identifying job opportunities and completing applications - also provides academic support for children and young people, and offers English courses for adults
  • Kensington and Chelsea College: careers and education advice, training courses and apprenticeships to help people return to work
  • Nova New Opportunities: one-to-one information and advice to prepare for work, plus job clubs, training courses and workshops
  • Nucleus Legal Advice Centre: advice and representation on benefits, housing, debt and general legal matters
  • Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea: promotes volunteering opportunities and supports residents into employment, including specialist programmes for disabled people and ex-offenders

Project updates

A regular newsletter updates housing partners on the project’s progress. Read the latest issue:

You can also read previous issues.

Pathways to work charter

The charter is an agreement between social housing providers in the borough and the Council. By signing up, providers have registered their commitment to work with the Council and local agencies to tackle worklessness in the borough. There are three levels of commitment; Gold, Silver and Bronze, so that housing providers can sign up depending on their resources.

For more information on the Housing and Worklessness Project, contact Charlene Hallal, Housing and Worklessness Coordinator on 020 7361 2957 or email Charlene.hallal@rbkc.gov.uk

Information for residents

Our Housing and employment pages give residents information about the support available to help them look for employment, training or opportunities to volunteer.

Supported into work and housing

The Supported into Work and Housing scheme is for people living in the borough's supported housing. It helps them build on the skills they have learnt to prepare for their move to a new home. For the majority of people, this will be in the private rented sector.

This scheme offers people, 18 years old or over, who are working more than 16 hours a week, a room in a shared house at a social housing rent. This enables them to save and become free from their dependency on benefits. Their stay is time limited to one year, during which time they are expected to save for a deposit and look for their own housing solution. The scheme provides people with help and support in the evenings and weekends, as required.

For more information contact Samantha Braddish, Supported into Work and Housing Coordinator on 020 7361 4236 or email samantha.braddish@rbkc.gov.uk