Jim stars in new PlaceShapers film

Jim is featured in a new national film and study called We Work which shows how Progress Housing Group (PHG) helped him into work.

We Work draws together 15 powerful stories of how lives have been transformed by housing associations like Progress Housing Group, who are part of PlaceShapers.

PlaceShapers are a network of more than 100 community focused housing associations that own and manage more than 805,000 homes, provide services to more than two million people and have helped more than 60,000 people find work since 2010.

They highlight how partnerships between PlaceShapers, local agencies and businesses provide people with the support they need to get into or return to work, or to start their own companies.

Jim is one of the people that Progress Futures – PHG’s programme to help people learn, train and get back into work - has helped back into employment. 

Jim said: “Jacky, the Progress Futures Manager, really listened to what I wanted to do and what had stopped me from getting back into work in the past.  She put me at ease and helped me to apply for jobs.” 

Jim participated in work experience with PHG and secured a grounds maintenance role.  Less than a year later, he was able to get a new job at another housing association that he absolutely loves.  In Jim’s own words: “I turned into a human being again – it was amazing.”

Tammy Bradley, Operations Director at Progress Housing Group said:  “Jim’s story is truly inspirational. All these stories show how we build lives as well as homes. We care about our communities and play a unique role in helping them thrive. These results are possible only because we are embedded in our community, understand local issues and provide services which respond to local need.”

Jim is one of almost 966 people that Progress Housing Group’s Progress Futures have helped on their journeys into work since 2010.

The launch and film premiere of WE WORK is being held at a reception during the Chartered Institute of Housing national conference in Manchester on Wednesday 29 June.

All the stories will be at www.placeshapers.org/we-work and you can also view Jim’s story on our website https://www.progressgroup.org.uk/jims-story/