We have pledged our support to the national campaign, #HousingDay.
Held on 12th November, #HousingDay - a social media campaign which is endorsed by the National Housing Federation - celebrates the work of housing associations and their tenants.
Throughout the day, housing associations and residents from across the country will tweet inspiring stories about the work they carry out in their communities as a way to dispel the myths surrounding social housing.
On the day we will highlight the work of our residents, such as Philip Clark, who has helped his community. Having established an afterschool sports club for children, Philip has been instrumental in setting up the Great Estates Residents Group - which has since seen him nominated as Chair – and he has been a driving force in working with us and Tendring District Council to have a community hall built for local residents to use.
Due to his selfless volunteering work, Philip and our Housing Management Co-ordinator, Tracey Payne, won the ‘Partnership Working’ category at this year’s Neighbourhood and Home Watch awards.
#HousingDay also provides a prime opportunity for us to promote the services we provide to tenants – whether it is building affordable homes offering a variety of tenures - to ensuring residents can enjoy their home through proactive housing management by tackling antisocial behaviour.
We will also be emphasising the educational and employment opportunities on offer at our award winning Parkside Community Hub, which has seen a number of local residents find full-time employment while helping others enhance their job prospects by offering IT, literacy and numeracy courses.
Coinciding with the launch of #HousingDay, new research carried out by Ipos MORI** has revealed that of the 1,997 people questioned:
- Over half (58%) would support more social housing being built in their local area;
- More than two out of three (67%) recognised the important role that social housing plays in tackling poverty;
- The majority (80%) believe that social housing should be available for those who cannot afford to rent privately and that it should be a safety net for the most vulnerable.
“Campaigns such as #HousingDay are vitally important in raising awareness of the wide range of fantastic work that not only we do in our communities across Essex but the work housing associations do throughout the country. This is why we are proud to pledge our support to #HousingDay” said Kay Caldwell, Director of Housing.
Published: 11th November 2014