Great Places teams up with Dale Community Trust to tackle unemployment

Date published: 20 July 2021

Rochdale AFC Community Trust and Great Places Housing Group are teaming up to address unemployment in Rochdale.

Dale’s official charity – whose mission is to make Rochdale a better place to live, work and play – recently delivered Dale Works, an innovative employability programme that focuses on the newly unemployed as well as those furthest away from the job market with two distinct courses.

Delivered online and at the Crown Oil Arena Study Centre, the programme saw over 80% of participants achieve a positive outcome.

The ‘Dale Works’ courses, funded by the European Social Fund, are ideal for those who are wanting to embark on their first experience of work or for those who are thinking of returning to work, education or further training, but primarily want to develop their vocationally focused skills.



Great Places, a housing association with over 700 properties in the borough, is providing a £10,000 investment into the Dale Works programme which will see specialist staff brought in to expand the programme.

The partnership will give the more people the opportunity for training with aim of getting back into work.

Rebecca Cremin, Partnerships Manager at Great Places, said: “We provide a number of opportunities for our customers to access training opportunities and by investing in the Dale Works programme we hope to expand this offer and support those we previously haven’t engaged with.”

Ryan Bradley, Community Director at Rochdale AFC, added: “I am delighted to work with Great Places again. We both share the same values and vision and by working together we can have a greater impact.

“Partnership working is essential to our growth and with community minded companies such as Great Places supporting us as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility agenda we can have a positive impact on even more people.”

Over the next 12 months, it is hoped that an additional 50 people will be supported into employment.

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