Partnership Working

Ekaya continues to improve the quality of its services and strengthen its offering to service users by working in partnership with local agencies and developing new initiatives. Recently we have been working on a number of exciting new initiatives, the success of which we will be looking to build on in the future.

Back to Work Employability Project

Working in partnership with our Solfed partners (South London Federation of Small Housing Associations) and Hyde Housing, this new initiative was a 12 month project providing bespoke employment support packages to Solfed residents.

The project, partly funded by the DWP, had a dedicated part time Employability Worker seconded from Ekaya, delivering need led sessions on a range of areas including:

  • Confidence building and motivation
  • CV writing
  • Job searching
  • Interview Skills
  • Benefits awareness

Many of the residents engaged in the project had experienced long periods of unemployment, however of the 26 individuals supported through the project a number of them accessed training for the first time in bus driving, ESOL, Dental Nursing and Teaching Assistant Training. Four went on to secure paid employment and one successfully secured an apprenticeship position.

Capacity building for Ekaya and the Solfed partners was a major element of the project. Six Ekaya Support Staff took part in a training session to develop their understanding and equipping them with local networks and skills  to better provide employment support to our customers in the longer term.

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As well as helping me with job applications and finding out information, I have also got back my confidence. I feel really happy that I met the Employability Worker and I am always telling the other residents about the service and how happy I am with it.
Ekaya resident
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Making The Voice of young mothers heard

As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations we collaborated with The Voice newspaper to launch our first ever ‘Super Mum’ competition. Launched in February 2013, to coincide with Mothering Sunday, we sponsored the competition to honour and celebrate motherhood amongst readers, whilst raising awareness of Ekaya and our services. Three winners will be selected by Ekaya’s Chief Executive, Jackie Adusei and Maggie Scarlett and Marion Schumann, Ekaya’s Founder Members.

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The best mother knows how to circle her child with the love and protection to empower her child to conquer the universe.
Maggie Scarlett, Founding Member of Ekaya Housing Association

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Local Partnerships taking on The Challenge

As part of our commitment to work with local partners on innovative projects to support our customers, we have developed an exciting programme with The Challenge Network. The Challenge is a unique organisation that engages and connects young people to strengthen communities through practical action.
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Throughout the summer groups of young volunteers will be visiting our supported schemes to talk to the support service residents whilst learning about and listening to their stories using film and photography. Later in the year we then devised a programme of action days where young volunteers fundraised and worked with us to refurbish the gardens and facilities at the schemes and Happy Nursery Days.yellowline1

Solfed Partnership

The South London Federation of Small Housing Associations (Solfed) was formed in 1993 and incorporated as an Industrial and Provident Society in 1995. The five members of the Solfed group, representing very diverse client groups, work together to share of best practice and benchmark.

Every quarter we submit a number of our KPIs to benchmark with our partners in the group and our wider Solomon Group. This benchmarking project provides comparative performance information allowing residents and all stakeholders to see how Ekaya performs against other housing associations.

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Youth in Excellence

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In November 2013 Ekaya was thrilled to announce a new partnership working with Youth in Excellence (YiE), a not for profit social enterprise that works with young people, families, schools and communities in a way that promotes understanding, confidence, empowerment and progression through a range of projects and services.

Working from and based within our community nursery premises in Tulse Hill, Youth in Excellence will bring their expertise and ideas to further support our residents, parents and young service users and promote digital inclusion.

Together we will be working on new initiatives such as:

  • engaging our young teenage parents with professional skills training and enterprise;
  • providing support and guidance to nursery parents
  • empowering community members to deal with truancy and school exclusion issues
  • running training sessions for residents on employability and economic wellbeing.

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Volonteurope

Ekaya Housing Association is pleased to be members of Volonteurope.  We recognise that Volonteurope is committed to, and welcomes all types of members from across all sectors that are committed to volunteers, volunteering and social action.

Joining Volonteurope will support Ekaya’s business objectives and seek to deliver our objective to grow through new initiatives and positive partnerships and also open up new programmes to its Tenants, very Avant Garde, for a small organisation!

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