Caroline Flint and Rosie Winterton have given their backing to a new market research business, which aims to create jobs for the long term unemployed, officially launched in Doncaster this week.
Viewpoint Doncaster has opened a branch within St Leger Homes of Doncaster – the organisation that manages 21,000 council homes – and aims to help long term unemployed, including tenants, back to work.
Pictured left to right is Dylan Chipp, of Voluntas, who provide the technology behind the Viewpoint service; Rosie Winterton MP; Alistair Ponton of Viewpoint; Susan Jordan, Chief Executive, St Leger Homes; Lynn Hayes, of Viewpoint and Caroline Flint MP.
Viewpoint Doncaster staff are carrying out satisfaction surveys for the organisation, to ensure tenants are happy with improvement work being carried out in their homes and their comments help to improve and shape the service.
Three part time staff have been employed by Viewpoint in Doncaster – including two tenants, and the new base adds to the company’s Leeds and Sheffield offices.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said: “It is vital that employers play their part in giving people second chances to retrain, gaining experience or confidence in work. St Leger Homes' work with Viewpoint is an example to other employers about what can be achieved.”
Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton said: “It’s important to empower organisations like Viewpoint because they help equip people with the skills and confidence they need to break out of long-term unemployment.”
Alistair Ponton, Managing Director of Viewpoint, said: “Viewpoint is a social enterprise. We offer a high quality research service delivered in an innovative way – by employing people removed from the job market such as the long term unemployed or those with a disability.”
Susan Jordan, chief executive of St Leger Homes, said: “We are working with Viewpoint to help create job opportunities in the town for local tenants and residents, helping those who have been out of work for a long time to get back into the world of work. They are doing an excellent job carrying out independent tenant surveys for us.”
St Leger Homes was set up by Doncaster Council in 2005 to manage the day-to day running of council homes and deliver a major programme of Government investment. We now manage approx. 21,000 homes. SLH is a limited, not-for-profit company, wholly owned by Doncaster Council.