Arcon supports community activities over the summer
With summer upon us, we are pleased to continue our support of the Abbey Hey Family Fun Day in Gorton. This worthwhile community event, which features bouncy castles and face-painting, helps to raise funds for local causes, including dancing and acting training from Active Me and Murray Machines Gym, which are seeking funds to support a junior gym. Last year, £1,570 was raised to support the We Love Manchester campaign.
Over the last few weeks, our tremendous team has committed their time to support worthy causes; five colleagues volunteered at The Yaran Centre, which offers holistic support for the Middle Eastern community across Manchester. Arcon also supports The Yaran Centre through our community fund. Furthermore, three of our Customer Service officers also volunteered at their local Barnardo’s in Manchester and Bolton.
Roof renewal in Blackley
We are pleased that our planned improvement works have begun to renew roofs on two blocks in Blackley, near to Arundel Court. These scheduled works will be completed over the summer.
Board Away Day
We had a very productive Board Away Day, where our Board members shared their expertise in contributing to shaping our new Growth Strategy. We are very keen to maximise our contribution in terms of providing as many new homes as we possibly can given the desperate housing crisis we have nationally and at a very local level. We are looking at building around 272 homes over the next 5 years and supporting our new Director of Development and her team to achieve this target.
Our Director of Operations, David Lovelady attended a recent Homelessness Conference at Salford University, where Greater Manchester’s Mayor Andy Burnham and Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority Portfolio Holder for Homelessness and Housing Paul Dennett spoke. This following on from Paul launching our Humphrey Road shared ownership regeneration initiative last month.
Andy Burnham said that from the autumn this year, there will be a further £8 million of Housing First funding over the next three years in Manchester, which will support helping 500 rough sleepers into accommodation.
Nick Buckley of the Mancunian Way charity also spoke at the Conference. Arcon has pledged its community fund to support Mancunian Way, which over the last year has supported 48 rough sleepers off Manchester’s city centre streets.
New Nat Fed CEO
We look forward to working with the new CEO of the National Housing Federation, Kate Henderson. Arcon recently attended an NHF Conference on Universal Credit in Manchester, following a recent Report from the National Audit Office that Universal Credit had taken longer to roll-out than intended and may cost more than the benefits system it replaces.
All eyes will be on Manchester for the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual Conference. Topics up for discussion will include the much anticipated Housing Green Paper, which is due to be published over the summer and will include a ‘wide-ranging’ review of our country’s ‘broken’ housing market. Furthermore, a year on from the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Towers, the Government is consulting on the banning of flammable cladding, following the Hackett Review, as the Grenfell Inquiry continues. The Scottish Government has pledged that sprinklers must be installed in all new social homes and the Welsh Government has called to ban all combustible cladding on high rises.
As always, if you have any issues or would like to get involved in our Tenant Scrutiny Committee, please contact our Customer Hub on 0161 214 4120.