A County Durham housing association is launching a new partnership with a leading employer of former armed services personnel after a successful pilot scheme.
Seaham-based believe housing has teamed up with AAA Caring Caretakers to work on preparing homes for new customers. Nearly 80% of AAA Caring Caretakers employees are veterans and the organisation has a strong policy of supporting both ex forces personnel and their spouses into work.
The new collaboration is expected to provide direct employment for five veterans and two spouses of serving forces personnel. They will be working right across believe housing’s 18,000 homes, which stretch from the County Durham coast to the rural north Pennines.
The partnership comes after a pilot where veterans from the AAA team prepared more than 50 properties across County Durham for new believe housing tenants.
It is the latest of the multi-award-winning housing association’s initiatives to support veterans and forces personnel. believe housing has already received a ‘silver award’ in the armed forces Employer Recognition Scheme and is actively working towards the top ‘gold’ standard.
As well as working closely with other employers of veterans, believe housing directly employs a growing number of former services personnel in a variety of roles. Extra support and advice is also available for veterans looking for a home after leaving the services, alongside help with budgeting and other parts of entering the civilian world.
Joanne Rouse, Lettings Manager at believe housing, said: “We’re always looking for innovative new ways to support the veteran community, and AAA gave us the opportunity to do just that.
“The partnership is a great example of how organisations can work together to deliver the right outcome for former service personnel and their families.”