We work with residents and partner agencies to help shape communities, so they meet the needs of residents now and in the future.
Our community investment strategy tackles the issues that stop people feeling safe, secure and well in their homes. That might mean supporting community groups, giving them access to services or overcoming social, health-related or economic barriers that are affecting them.
Rather than simply dealing with problems when they happen, we're increasingly taking action early, which costs less and is more sustainable.
During the past year we invested heavily in helping our residents into work or training, giving them advice on managing their money and providing greater access to computers and the internet. We're also part of the Give Us A Chance consortium of housing associations, which aims to influence national employment policy.
- More than 600 residents helped towards employment.
- 413 residents in training, education, placements or volunteering.
- 113 residents achieved sustainable employment.
- 1,500 residents provided with specialist debt advice, working with partners.
- 46 community organisations strengthened by support from our Community Investment team.
More than 400 residents surveyed said that they had increased confidence, health, life skills, knowledge or wellbeing thanks to our work.
For the first time we measured the social impact of some of our community investment work, using the Housing Associations' Charitable Trust's Wellbeing Valuation. We spent around £250,000 helping people into work, supporting residents' associations and investing in new neighbourhoods, and generated £3.1m of social value.