Southern Housing Group Offers Help on Your Doorstep

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Southern Housing Group-funded sport courses delivered by Albion in the Community (the charitable arm of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club) have reduced anti-social behaviour, improved community spirit and provided valuable training and development opportunities for the Group’s residents.

One of our key priorities is to make sure all our residents have access to whatever support and advice they might need to help them overcome their problems.

Southern Housing Group Limited has provided funding for Connect charity Help on Your Doorstep to provide advice and support for the residents of 320 Islington homes.

Southern Housing Group is one of the largest housing associations in southern England, and as well as developing quality, affordable housing for rent and home ownership, the Group also provides help and support for vulnerable residents to help unlock the potential of people and places.

Help on Your Doorstep delivers four Connect services in areas of Islington with high levels of deprivation, and aims to empower isolated and vulnerable residents to improve their lives.

These include Canonbury Connect which offers assistance in areas ranging from income maximisation and financial hardship, to physical and mental health, and employment and learning opportunities. Hard to reach groups not accessing support services, including black and minority ethnic groups, people who have English as a second language and older people, are particular targets.

The service encourages residents with problems they may be unwilling to discuss to seek advice about how to address these problems.

Palma Black, Community Regeneration Manager at Southern Housing Group Limited, said: “One of our key priorities is to make sure all our residents have access to whatever support and advice they might need to help them overcome their problems, whether they are financial problems, issues with health or helping residents find their way back in to employment.

“Sometimes we need to take a more proactive approach to reach those people who, for a variety of reasons, don’t want to come forward and Help on Your Doorstep has provided an invaluable service in reaching out to these residents.”

Among those who have received support from Help on Your Doorstep is Sandra (not her real name), a 40-year-old single mother who was looking to get back into work.

Sandra spoke to a Connect worker on her doorstep, and despite not wishing to discuss her problems there and then, she took a business card and made contact with Connect a few days later.

After her one-to-one meeting, Sandra was referred to Ingeus, which provides one to one career advice about training and employment, Dress For Success which helps with interview techniques and confidence building, and the Cripplegate Foundation, to apply for a grant to replace her broken washing machine.

Since that first meeting Ingeus has helped Sandra with her CV, and after her one-to-one careers advice sessions, she has enrolled in a course in Health and Social Care at City and Islington College. The workshops she attended at Dress for Success have boosted her confidence, and the Cripplegate Foundation has given her a grant for a new washing machine.

A spokesperson for Help on Your Doorstep said: “We are pleased that SHG saw the value in our work of targeting those of their residents most in need of help and were able to support us in bringing assistance from a wide range of agencies to people who otherwise would still be in need

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact Daniel Murphy, Southern Housing Group Press and PR Officer, on 0207 553 6479 / 07795 127 736 or e-mail Daniel(dot)Murphy(at)shgroup(dot)org(dot)uk.

Notes to Editors

  •     Southern Housing Group is the 2010 Affordable Home Ownership Provider of the Year, an award which recognises the Home Ownership Provider who has exceeded in the task of moving the home ownership industry forward, and who has introduced outstanding schemes into the market, while considering the needs of the community and the environment.
  •     Over the last 100 years, Southern Housing Group has become one of the largest housing associations in the south of England, housing 66,000 residents, managing more than 25,500 homes, employing almost 900 people and working with more than 70 local authorities across the South East, including the Isle of Wight.
  •     Our mission of ‘Unlocking the potential of people and places” unites the organisation behind a common set of qualities and objectives. The values underpinning our mission statement are to be Progressive, Inclusive, Responsible and Reliable.
  •     Our activities focus on four key areas: the development of quality affordable housing, housing and neighbourhood management, a range of housing options for rent and home ownership and social and economic regeneration.
  •     The Group’s social and economic regeneration work is undertaken to improve the lives of residents in the communities and neighbourhoods where the Group builds and manages homes. It provides tangible evidence of the Group’s commitment to building sustainable communities.

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