It was a busy and productive year for North Wales Housing. Our Annual Review, provides an excellent insight into what we did throughout the year, but here’s an overview of our key achievements:
- Awarded the Silver award in the ‘Best Housing Association’ category at the What House Awards 2015 in November 2015.
- An independent strategic options appraisal, and the Group Board decided that North Wales Housing was a financially viable organisation and will remain as an independent social enterprise.
- Have developed a Value for Money Strategy and separate Value for Money Statement that forms part of the self evaluation
- Our Governance has been reviewed and a new structure implemented, ensuring appropriate strategic direction, challenge, and sustainable decisions.
- The Regeneration Team have been busy, creating twenty new homes of the highest sustainability standards in 2015 – 2016.
- North Wales Housing had a successful night at the regional Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards 2015, winning 3 awards
- As part of the Undod consortium, we have signed a new framework agreement through which we will be able to draw down a wide range of services for new build, refurbishment and asset management works.
- We have also joined up with other local social landlords to a materials framework which will provide better value for our in-house repairs teams.
- Pendyffryn Road was also shortlisted for ‘Housing-led regeneration’ awards at CIH Cymru Welsh Housing Awards 2015 and shortlisted as a finalist and commended at RTPI Wales Planning Award 2015:
- Ventured into new territory in 2016 – 2016, developing in Wrexham in partnership with Wrexham Council
- Work continues on Afallon Housing Co-operative in Abbey Street, Rhyl, the first urban housing co-operative in Wales. The Afallon Housing Co-operative has been set up and the seven new three-bedroom family homes and two one-bedroom and two two-bedroom flats have been allocated
- A new Supported Housing “Fit for the Future” project will also help us to become even more competitive in the market
- Supported over 300 vulnerable people, changing their lives for the better
- 65 people Supported Housing tenants were successfully moved on to general needs accommodation
- For every £1 that we invest in the financial inclusion and debt advice service tenants benefit £3.70
- The implementation of the Tenant Participation Strategy has partially been rolled out and the development of new initiatives such as the Tenants Sounding Board, ‘Personal Development Grant’ and ‘Community Fund’ have proved particularly successful
- Conwy BIG Community Voice’ initiative, a project which North Wales Housing is part of, won at TPAS Participation Awards 2015
- ‘Going it Alone’ board game, a project developed in partnership with NWH won Campaign of the Year at the CIH Welsh Housing Awards in November 2015
- We have re-launched the Tenant Portal, which enables tenants to self-manage their tenancy online 24/7
- Maintained our place in the Top 100 Connected Housing Associations measured by Visceral Business
- Rakes and Ladders, our grounds maintenance team, is now well established, employing 8 people, which includes apprentices and trainees
- We raised £6,014.38 in 2015 for the Wales Air Ambulance, double the set target
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