Community

Investing in Communities

The NRA member associations strive to be excellent landlords, but this is not enough. We seek to engage with our residents through a range of different means, ensuring that we benefit from our tenants input and that our tenants are fully engaged with their local communities.

Resident board members ensure that we deal with issues which matter to residents; that funds are spent on their priorities and that we are accountable. We believe that we can provide the best service by finding out residents views on what we do and how we can improve.

We aim to act as a catalyst to ensure that our residents have access to activities which will improve their economic and social outcomes, their health and well being. By acting as a bridge between mainstream service providers and our residents we enable access to a wide range of initiatives including debt advice, exercise classes, training and enterprise support, health promotion initiatives, ESOL classes, lunch clubs for older residents, gardening / grow your own food clubs and many more.

Some examples of our current work with residents and local people:

1. Five Gateway sheltered schemes were part of an innovative IT project with Digibridge. This has resulted in bringing new skills to some of our older residents, empowering them along the way.

The project has made a real difference in the lives of sheltered tenants, including an 80+ year old who is now able to communicate with loved ones half way across the world.

2. Spitalfields Housing Association runs a number of play days for children over the school holidays. This alleviates the overcrowding that some families in and provides fun for all the family in an area that suffers real deprivation and lack of open space.

3. THCH has a network of community centres which are used as a base for a variety of activities aimed at improving the life chances of their residents. Activities run from these centres include delivery of youth services, social activities for older people, financial inclusion services and activities to promote community cohesion such as celebrations of St Georges Day, Black History Month and Eid.

4. Working together the NRA have signed up to NHHT's Community Training Initiative scheme, thus helping local residents start a career in construction.