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Clarion Futures charitable foundation

What we do

Clarion Futures focuses on funding community projects and helping people find jobs and training, develop digital skills, and manage their money.

We provide people with the tools and support to help overcome challenges and fulfil their potential. In 2022-23, Clarion Futures invested £17m in communities across the country, resulting in:

  • 2,114 people helped into work
  • 4,349 people given money guidance
  • £137m in social value

Every individual we help and community we support are part of our wider social purpose and mission to provide homes for those who need them most.

Opening up opportunities

See how we’re investing in the futures of our residents and communities. This film features Clarion Futures colleagues and people we’ve helped.

Getting people into jobs and training  

Our free national employment and training programme helps people into work, training, apprenticeships, and work placements. We also support people in starting up their own businesses. 

We work with more than 300 employers, from the NHS and Royal Mail to Pret A Manger, to source the right job opportunities for our residents. 

We also collaborate with more than 50 employers to provide apprenticeships in areas ranging from business administration and customer services to retail, health, and leisure. 

Active Inclusion programme

Run by Clarion Futures, the Active Inclusion Programme is a pioneering employment scheme led by Clarion and delivered by a consortium of housing associations.

The programme targets people facing a range of complex barriers to employment, providing coordinated and tailored 360-degree support.

Who we work with

We work with a wide mix of organisations. These range from local community groups to large government departments and corporates.

More than 300 companies have joined our national jobs and training programme. It is also supported by our major contractors EQUANS, United Living and Wates.

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Other organisations we’re working with include:

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Microsoft
  • NHS
  • Plymouth Argyle FC
  • Primark
  • Royal Mail
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Information correct as of June 2024

Partnerships with employment and training programmes 

Clarion Futures plays a leading role in major employment and training programmes such as:

  • Love London Working, a £34m programme that’s helped more than 7,160 people into work
  • Increase Valorisation Sociale, a £10.3m cross-Channel employment and training programme.
  • The Kickstart Housing Partnership that’s offered hundreds of young people paid work placements.
Binnur

“The support I’ve received from Clarion Futures has been life-changing. They helped me not only improve my skills and update my CV, but rebuild my confidence and thanks to them, I’ve secured a permanent job with the DWP as a work coach.”

Binnur, 61, Clarion resident  
Read Binnur’s story

Helping people manage their money

Every year we help thousands of our residents to improve the management of their household finances. We work them to try to find ways of making their money go further. 

In 2022-23, our trained money advisers supported residents on more than 17,500 occasions.

Financial advice tailored for low incomes 

We have partnerships with specialist agencies for people on low income such as the Money Advice Service and StepChange Debt Charity. This enables our residents to gain access to tailored financial advice.  

Leeds Credit Union offers our residents savings products and affordable loans.

Emergency financial relief

In some cases, we can provide grants for essentials like cookers and fridges. Residents most in need can also get vouchers for food, gas and electricity. This short-term help gives people a financial breathing space.

Supporting people to use technology

We offer free tailored support to improve digital skills such as:

  • Free loans of laptops and tablets 
  • Prepaid Wi-Fi devices
  • Free digital training sessions and courses

Community grants and funding

Clarion Futures also funds projects that benefit communities. These can include:

  • community gardens and allotments
  • sports activities
  • youth clubs
  • music and dance workshops.  

We also support our partners who manage community centres we own across the country. These serve as hubs for services for local people.

Get in touch 

The shared commitment of our partners in making a difference for people and communities is part of our success.

By collaborating with others, we are able to magnify the social impact of our work.

You may want to find out more about our work, or how you might join forces with us. Whatever the reason, we’d love to hear from you.