Housing Plus Review - January to June 2020


This InFocus page provides brief reports on activities of social landlords that can be described as 'in addition to landlord/tenant requirements', often associated with the welfare of residents and others in the community - with links for further reading.


JANUARY 2020

Posted: 07.01.20
Phoenix Community Housing: Further reading

Phoenix's Community Chest is now in its 8th year and organisations/projects can apply for a share of £100,000 that will benefit its Lewisham residents in 2020/21.

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Posted: 08.01.20
Sanctuary Housing: Further reading

Sanctuary Housing is offering grants of up to £1,000 to support projects that will make a difference to the lives of Chester residents and the communities where they live.

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Posted: 14.01.20
Tower Hamlet Homes: Further reading

Tower Hamlets Homes announces that its Inspiring Communities Fund is again open, offering grants between £100 and £5,000 to residents and community organisations with great ideas to improve their local neighbourhoods.

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Posted: 14.01.20
Network Homes: Further reading

Network Homes is offering residents' access to a range of training courses, which will be fully funded and cover the cost of the course, travel expenses and personal protection equipment.

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Posted: 14.01.20
Thirteen: Further reading

Pupils at Livingstonia Community Day Secondary School in Malawi are now able to learn ICT skills for the first time thanks to a donation of IT equipment from Thirteen to charity the Turing Trust.

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Posted: 21.01.20
Jigsaw Housing Group: Further reading

Jigsaw Foundation, the community fund run by housing group Jigsaw, has awarded £25,000 funding to HideOut Youth Zone, a new state-of-the-art youth centre in East Manchester.

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Posted: 21.01.20
Your Homes Newcastle: Further reading

Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) is working in partnership with the Greggs Foundation to fund a Breakfast Club programme in Newcastle schools.

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Posted: 29.01.20
Longhurst Group: Further reading

The new 'Get Active' project will see a number of Longhurst Group colleagues gain qualifications to deliver health improvement and wellbeing sessions for local residents.

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FEBRUARY 2020

Posted: 03.02.20
Network Homes: Further reading

Network Homes launch a new resident engagement programme and invite its tenants to get involved at one of its pop up engagement events about how to make their community a better place to live.

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Posted: 03.02.20
Longhurst Group: Further reading

A charity fun run will benefit to the tune of hundreds of pounds after Longhurst Group pledged to sponsor the event - the annual Louth Run for Life raises tens of thousands of pounds for Cancer Research.

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Posted: 04.02.20
Clarion Housing Group: Further reading

Clarion Housing Group and Resolution Foundation publish a report exploring in-work poverty - findings include 'social housing tenants in work more than twice as likely to live in poverty than home owners.

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Posted: 11.02.20
L&Q: Further reading

The Society for the Advancement of Black Arts is awarded £9,900 from L&Q to enable a community radio station in South London to become a lifeline for children, keeping them off the streets.

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Posted: 14.02.20
Peabody: Further reading

Peabody has partnered with three housing associations to deliver a wide range of training programmes for Hackney residents, which are offered free for its own residents.

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Posted: 18.02.20
Onward Homes: Further reading

Residents in Oldham and Rochdale have recently completed a free interpreters course thanks to help from Onward Homes, with a ten-week workshop leading to a Level 2 Award accredited by CERTA.

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Posted: 19.02.20
Tower Hamlets Homes: Further reading

Tower Hamlets Homes invites residents and others to come and meet local and national health and wellbeing providers at its forthcoming annual Health Festival, with all activiites free of charge.

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Posted: 19.02.20
Golding Homes: Further reading

Golding Homes promotes its 'Dress To Impress' service for residents who have a planned job interview and need a suitable smart outfit and/or personal interview coaching.

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Posted: 20.02.20
A2Dominion: Further reading

A2Dominion is named Socially Responsible Corporate of the Year at the West London Business Awards, recognising the contribution it makes through its community investment programme.

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MARCH 2020

Posted: 04.03.20
Great Places Housing Group: Further reading

Great Places is to offer post release support to Preston prisoners, following a successful pilot named 'United Together' - which will offer support to help reduce the likelihood of repeat offending.

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Posted: 05.03.20
whg: Further reading

whg is working with the University of Wolverhampton on a pilot which will see 10 colleagues undergo a health scan and embark upon a tailored three month fitness programme.

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Posted: 12.03.20
Your Homes Newcastle: Further reading

Children at a Denton Burn primary school have a safe and vibrant 'bucket room' to retreat to if they feel stressed or need time out, thanks to funding from Your Homes Newcastle.

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Posted: 13.03.20
Thirteen Group: Further reading

Thirteen has awarded £23,000 to Hemlington Linx to deliver two outreach projects for young people on the Netherfields estate over the next 12 months.

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Posted: 16.03.20
Thirteen Group: Further reading

To help tackle anti-social behaviour in its communities and further support its customers, Thirteen has recruited a specialist 'triage' team and introduced a new mobile phone app called Reportable.

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Posted: 19.03.20
Riverside: Further reading

Hundreds of Runcorn children are putting their best foot forward and walking to school, thanks to a new community partnership project between Riverside, Living Streets - the UK charity for everyday walking - and local schools.

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Posted: 20.03.20
Southern Housing Group: Further reading

Southern Housing Group has introduced three new minibuses on the Isle of Wight to help its customers in care and support services get around with ease.

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Posted: 25.03.20
Riverside: Further reading

Riverside has launched a new £50,000 fund for its Community Chest 2020, which is available to voluntary organisations and charity groups in the Runcorn area to help enrich lives and build stronger communities.

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Posted: 26.03.20
Longhurst Group: Further reading

Longhurst Group has pledged donations that total £5,000 to various charities offering support services to domestic abuse victims during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Posted: 27.03.20
L&Q: Further reading

The manager of a furniture re-use project supported by L&Q has started a food bank to help vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

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APRIL 2020

Posted: 08.04.20
Clarion Housing Group: Further reading

A UK-wide youth programme delivered by the Housing Association Youth Network (HAYN) and led by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, and Peabody has received a further £290,550 to increase its reach.

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Posted: 09.04.20
Southern Housing Group: Further reading

Southern Housing Group has partnered with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Bracknell Forest Council to ensure that what we plant in the Mount Pleasant estate is indigenous and insect friendly.

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Posted: 13.04.20
Notting Hill Genesis: Further reading

A new group has been launched at one of Notting Hill Genesis's extra care schemes to help those living with dementia, and their carers, to join together in a welcoming environment.

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Posted: 14.04.20
Bernicia: Further reading

Bernicia has fast tracked £200,000 from its charitable fund to help charities and organisations across the North East tackle hardship caused by the Coronavirus crisis.

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Posted: 17.04.20
L&Q: Further reading

L&Q is committing £650,000 to support organisations leading the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, with initiatives that focus on the over-70s, vulnerable people, food banks, social welfare, or health and wellbeing given priority.

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Editor's Note: We have included above two examples of social landlords making valuable contributions to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Many social landlords are responding in a similar way - space does not permit wider reporting but these two posts highlights the wider contribution being made.

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Posted: 30.04.20
One Manchester: Further reading

One Manchester's 'Opportunities Team' has a new member, who works specifically with 15-20 year-olds, exploring different industries and job roles - helping with apprenticeship and college applications.

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MAY 2020

Posted: 04.05.20
The Regenda Group: Further reading

The Regenda Group are offering special packs to its residents and staff to help them celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May.

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Posted: 07.05.20
Phoenix: Further reading

Seven projects have been announced as the first recipients of a share of a £100,000 pot for local initiatives - Phoenix's Community Chest gives a similar amount each year to projects that offer new experiences and opportunities to its residents.

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Posted: 08.05.20
Clarion Housing Group: Further reading

A UK-wide youth programme delivered by the Housing Association Youth Network and led by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, and Peabody has received a further £290,550 to increase its reach.

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Posted: 13.05.20
Sanctuary Housing: Further reading

Community projects in the Rochford District have been boosted by £100,000 of vital funding over the past four years - thanks to Sanctuary Housing's support of more than 125 initiatives across the district as part of its community investment programme.

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Posted: 27.05.20
Southern Housing Group: Further reading

Southern Housing Group have announced a series of webinars in partnership with IT recruitment specialists Rethink Group aimed at supporting residents back into employment.

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Posted: 28.05.20
Clarion Housing Group: Further reading

Clarion is launching a Virtual Learning Series with particular reflection on learning and insights emerging from the current pandemic. The events will focus on topics including intergenerational living, digital inclusion and co-design.

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JUNE 2020

Posted: 11.06.20
Sanctuary Housing: Further reading

A Women's Circle in Torquay - run by Imagine Torbay Multicultural Group CIC and funded by Sanctuary Housing - has moved online and is continuing to offer a virtual safe space for local women to come together and connect with their community.

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Posted: 12.06.20
Peabody: Further reading

Peabody are carrying out a survey to gain a better understanding of its residents' employment experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Posted: 12.06.20
Longhurst Group: Further reading

Longhurst Group has donated a number of brand new smartphones to a local authority to help children in care keep in touch with friends and loved ones during lockdown.

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Updated 08.06.20

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