Companies team up to help people out of work

Pictured (L-R) are Dylan Chipp, of Voluntas, who provide the technology behind the Viewpoint service; Rosie Winterton MP; Alistair Ponton of Viewpoint; Susan Jordan, chief executive of St Leger Homes; Lynn Hayes, of Viewpoint and Caroline Flint MP.
Pictured (L-R) are Dylan Chipp, of Voluntas, who provide the technology behind the Viewpoint service; Rosie Winterton MP; Alistair Ponton of Viewpoint; Susan Jordan, chief executive of St Leger Homes; Lynn Hayes, of Viewpoint and Caroline Flint MP.

A MARKET research business has teamed up with a local company to boost residents’ employment prospects.

Viewpoint has opened its latest office in the premises of St Leger Homes of Doncaster and has taken on three new recruits from the area to staff it.

It now hopes to attract more business from firms in and around the town, eventually leading to additional vacancies.

Viewpoint Doncaster staff are carrying out satisfaction surveys for St Leger Homes, which manages the borough’s 21,000 council homes. to ensure tenants are happy with improvement work. Their feedback will then be used to shape the service.

Two of the newly-appointed Doncaster staff are St Leger Homes tenants and the new base adds to the company’s offices in Leeds and Sheffield.

Viewpoint managing director Alistair Ponton explained: “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.”

Two of Doncaster’s MPs attended the office opening and praised the initiative.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton commented: “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.”

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said it was vital for employers to play their part in giving people second chances to retrain and gain experience or confidence in work.

“St Leger Homes’ work with Viewpoint is an example to other employers about what can be achieved,” she added.

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,” she added.

Viewpoint works with various clients including housing associations, local authorities, voluntary and charitable organisations and private enterprise.