saha resident Leroy finds employment with Novus
Leroy Simpson from Harlesden near Wembley in London is a Salvation Army Housing Association Resident and has gained employment with Novus in a unique role as a ‘Community Liaison Champion’ after many years of being unemployed.
In partnership with saha Novus advertised the role to all saha residents across the country. Leroy has been looking for employment for over three years and has had over 100 interviews during that time.
Due to some personal issues Leroy found himself having to rebuild his life and with the support of saha he has done that, but he felt the missing piece was a job, which is why he feels this role with Novus is so important to him.
As a result of Leroy finding it hard to gain employment, he has emerged himself in voluntary work, having a number of roles including Chair of Harlesden Town Team. It was Leroy’s dedication in these roles that impressed Novus during the interview process and stood him out from all other applicants.
One of the things Leroy is most proud of is his the work he has been involved with in the regeneration of his local community. This was a £5 million scheme to improve the town centre, with Leroy playing a key role in the public liaison of the overall strategy, making sure the public were consulted and were happy with the proposed plans.
Leroy commented on his first day with Novus while on a site visit with CSR Manager, Kevin Rhone “I applied to Novus as I was impressed with the business, being family owned, having a good reputation and the amount of community and charity work they do made me feel this is a business I could work for. The role I am now employed as is not the original role I interviewed for, Novus felt it was important I put my skills of community liaison to good use, which has resulted in the first Community Liaison Champion position being introduced into the business. My role is going to be supporting residents across Greater London that Novus will be providing a service for, making sure the improvement works to their homes run’s as smoothly as possible. I am very grateful for this opportunity and excited for what the future holds.”