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Together Housing's partnership features on regional television

Together Housing's partnership features on regional television

Together Housing Group has been showing off its modular panel design projects, delivered in partnership with OSCO Homes, on regional news programme BBC Look North.

The developments, which see modular design panels manufactured offsite and then assembled at the development, caught the attention of news crews due to OSCO Homes’s unique approach.  The Manchester based social enterprise train selected offenders at HMP Hindley to manufacture the panels, before giving employment to many ex-offenders so they can be assembled on site.

Together Housing Group, who celebrated completion of their first modular panel design development in October, invited the television cameras to their new project in Leeds.

Ian Clark, Director for Strategy and Communications at Together Housing Group, told the programme that the Group saw this approach as contributing to addressing vital housing needs: “We need to build 50,000 homes across the North of England every year for 10 years, so anything we can do to increase supply and reduce costs is worth trying."

Ex-Offender Michael, who now works full time for OSCO Homes, added: “OSCO gave me a chance to better my life and better my career, which was really useful.”

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Kevin Ruth, Deputy Chief Executive of Together Housing Group, said: “Together Housing Group are helping meet the needs of people who want affordable homes.

“This development follows hot on the heels of our first modular panelised home build, also with OSCO Homes.

 “Partnership is a key way forward for Together Housing Group and we’re looking at future developments to help increase the supply of much needed affordable homes right across the North of England.”

Gwen Beeken, Managing Director of OSCO Homes, said their approach added value and social purpose:  “Re-offending rates in the UK can be between 40% and 60%, however by training prisoners and employing them afterwards, we’ve seen re-offending reduced to below 15%.

“The construction industry is in need of a skilled workforce, ex-offenders are in need of employment and skills and the housing market is in need of homes that are cheap to build and quick to assemble.  OSCO Homes address all of these issues.”

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Kevin does public relations and digital inclusion work across Together Housing Group.