We may be housing providers, but we are also building communities.
Across the North West teams throughout the Onward group work together to achieve a common purpose – to make a positive difference in the communities we serve.
The National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Week gives housing associations like us an opportunity to celebrate the difference we make for individuals and neighbourhoods, so I wanted to take this opportunity to praise and highlight the great work our teams do.
In our most recent Social Accounts it showed that as a Group we generated an impressive £6.1m worth of social value for our customers. Social value is a financial measure of our impact in communities. This included 90 different projects such as supporting 139 people back in to work, improving the financial security of 553 people, and improving the health & wellbeing of customers.
Throughout all of our regions our community investment teams are working in partnership with local schools, partners and agencies to host events and community projects such as Safety for Women, sport sessions for young people, and Estate Walkabouts, and we are continually working with tenant groups to help lead change and shape and improve services for customers and their communities.
The May Logan Centre in Liverpool is dedicated to improving the health, wellbeing and quality of life for local people. Health care providers offer an extended and accessible range of services, facilities and resources to the community, including family planning, smoking cessation, toddler groups, debt advice and IT courses. Over the last 12 months the centre has introduced projects such as the Roots Gardening Project which has just won a level 5 outstanding award in the Britain in Bloom awards, and given out 40 baby boxes to expectant mums.
Alt Bank House in Fazakerley is changing lives for many homeless people. The scheme houses 42 single homeless men and women in modern self-contained flats, and helps vulnerable people break the vicious cycle of homelessness. The team at Alt Bank help tenants gain access to medical and mental health services, job searches, and living skills including cookery classes and budgeting, helping people to move on to independent living.
During Community Impact Week we will be sharing just some examples of our work in our communities across our social media channels; we will post them all on our Onward Homes Twitter page so please follow us HERE.
As we move forward we will build on and improve our neighbourhood focus with dedicated neighbourhood managers who will ensure community needs are championed at a senior level. I am confident that we are going to do some great things at Onward Homes.
I would like to finish by saying a massive thank you to our customers and partners across the sector and our colleagues who work tirelessly every day to make a positive impact in our communities.
Bronwen Rapley, CEO.