Acis Group picks up trio of award nominations

Acis Group picks up trio of award nominations

Housing charity Acis Group has been shortlisted for three awards at the prestigious Inspire Awards.

The Inspire Awards celebrate diversity and inclusion in UK housing.

Acis Group, which owns and manages more than 7,000 properties across the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, impressed judges to be nominated in three categories:

– Most Inspiring Employment Initiative

– Most Inspiring Apprenticeship Programme

– Most Inspiring Community Programme

The charity’s success through its Accelerate and Youth and Employer Support (YES) employability programmes saw it nominated in the employment initiative category. Together, they have supported more than a hundred different people on their journey towards better careers through picking up new skills, work placement opportunities or confidence boosting sessions – whatever it takes to help them progress towards the workplace.

Its Apprenticeship programme saw a group of nine young people renovate a family home near Lincoln.

Led by and supervised by Acis engineers, the apprentices started from scratch, removing old kitchen and bathroom units, ripping down walls and ceilings before installing new electrical and plumbing systems. They also levelled the floors, tidied the garden and fitted new carpets before making the finishing touches to enable a new family to move in – all within six weeks.

The inspiring community programme nomination comes for the charity’s work with Sheffield charity All About You on the #Iwill programme in the city.

Local young people aged 12-19 volunteered their time each week to gain valuable life skills and experiences that were designed to set them up for life as respectful, law abiding adults.

Claire Woodward, Head of Business Development at Acis Group, said: “It’s such an honour to be shortlisted for these three awards. All three of these programmes have made a real difference to people’s lives, which is what we’re all about.

“And we know we couldn’t have done it alone. We have worked with some amazing partners on the projects. From the funders who’ve helped to bring our ideas to life to the businesses who’ve often given up their time to support us, we thank each and every one of them.”

Winners of the Inspire Awards will be named on Thursday 8 July during an online ceremony.

The Accelerate project was funded by Efficiency East Midlands and Buildbase. The YES project was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and delivered in partnership with Voluntary Centre Services. The #Iwill project was funded by Clarion Futures.

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