Cheryl Banks, Leader in Charge at our popular HOUSE project in Edenbridge recently won UK Youth’s prestigious ‘Youth Worker of the Year’ award.more...
West Kent Housing Association
Kent and Medway
|Homes managed||Homes to be built to 2022/23|
|General needs social housing units managed||Housing for older people, supported housing and care home units managed||Low cost home ownership units||Temporary social housing||Non-social housing|
|General needs social housing units managed||5439|
|Housing for older people, supported housing and care home units managed||1123|
|Low cost home ownership units||661|
|Temporary social housing||44|
In additional to our exceptional landlord services, we work with residents to sustain their tenancy and deliver a wide-ranging community offer to support our vision is to build and support strong, inclusive and cohesive communities across Kent. We work in response to a clear need providing support for people of all ages, community development, resident involvement, social enterprise and offering training and employment opportunities. Our social enterprise work includes three furniture stores and a community café. We employed 19 apprentices in 2014 and 81 people completed an accredited training course. Read more about our work here.
We are committed to using our financial strength and resources to build new homes to meet pressing housing needs in Kent. We are signed up to the Homes and Communities Agency 2015-18 programme and will deliver new homes through continuous market engagement. Our commitment to becoming a leading provider of homes for older people in Kent continues with the delivery of five extra care schemes in 2016 and a five year remodelling programme, part of our strategy to celebrate age by creating thriving and sustainable communities to promote and support active ageing and freedom of choice.
Social return on investments
All of our community work is delivered with clear objectives. We measure the impact during and after and also after a period of time. We’ve recently worked with the University of Kent to review the impact on ten young people, ten years after they joined our youth schemes. The research has shown significant positive results on the individuals and their families and demonstrates an increase in social capital within the wider community. We don’t believe that overarching impact measures of social value calculations provide a significant insight into the impact of our work, which is responsive to local unmet need. We do however aim to secure £3 worth of external funding for every £1 of core funding that West Kent invests in its community offer.
Why we joined PlaceShapers
As a founding member of the PlaceShapers group we’re dedicated to ensuring it continues to be an influencing voice for the sector. Our community offer and local support to the neighbourhoods we create and serve goes far beyond the business of ‘bricks and mortar, rents and repairs’. Our commitment to the principles of PlaceShapers remains steadfast.