News and Latest Developments

Geraldine Howley Blog – THE MOUSE & THE PANDEMIC

Housing At A Time Of Lockdown…   Last Monday I went to a meeting. It was an entirely normal meeting, similar to the myriads of other meetings that make up my weekly schedule, except for one minor detail. The Chief Executive was upside down. In usual circumstances it goes without saying this would be cause […]

Catherine George – Young Leaders 2020: Top 20 announced

Huge congratulations to former GEM Catherine George from South Liverpool Homes, who has made the top 20 of this year’s Young Leaders 2020 competition – well done Catherine!  To vote for her go to –

More than bricks and mortar!

Two of our current GEMs, Blessing Ngorima and Linzi Webb, have created blogs about their current roles in the housing sector. Click on the links to read what they both have to say:   Blessing’s blog – Linzi’s blog –

Claire proves herself a Horton GEM

One Horton Winter 2019-20 GEM is an accelerated development programme for people already working in the housing sector. The scheme provides the opportunity to connect with social housing organisations across the country and understand the links between your work on the ground and the big picture challenges facing housing today. Claire Vincent, STARS manager, talks […]

A group shot of those from GEM Programme

We build peace through housing

I joined the Housing Executive as  a graduate, as part of the tenth cohort of the GEM programme, designed to create future housing leaders. This involves monthly visits to different regions of the UK to learn about different aspects of housing. After six months working for the Housing Executive, myself and fellow Gem graduates Rona […]


As part of the GEM Programme, a graduate programme run by Centre for Partnership, part of Incommunities Group, I get to experience a wealth of opportunities I would never have believed!   The most recent GEM shack we (Cohort 10) embarked on was to Glasgow, Scotland. I have never been to Scotland (shameful, I know) […]

 GEM housing programme in ‘triple’ training success

    GEM housing programme in ‘triple’ training success Thirty-four young people have been recruited onto Incommunities’ biggest graduate development programme yet. They met up last week for the launch of cohort 10 of the award winning GEM programme. The recruits came from housing and construction organisations across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Canada! The […]

GEM graduates celebrate making the grade

GEM graduates celebrate making the grade Twenty-five young people are celebrating completing the latest learning programmes run by Incommunities, aimed at setting them on course to build successful careers in housing. A number of students from cohort 8 of the Graduate Employment Mentoring (GEM) Programme joined young people from Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College who […]

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Call to graduates to embrace homeless challenge at city event

Call to graduates to embrace homeless challenge at city event A group of future housing leaders from across the UK will meet up in Bradford this week (8thDecember)  to look at how they can help turn ‘rough lives’ around at a unique homelessness event. Hosted  by local housing group Incommunities, 23 recruits on the latest […]

New GEM programme welcomes international recruits

New GEM programme welcomes international recruits Incommunities’ award winning graduate development programme is going international as two Canadian housing officers join its latest group of recruits. The Bradford-based housing group is launching cohort 9 of the GEM Programme – Graduate Employment Mentoring programme – with a two-day induction (Thurs – Friday) at the University of […]