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To put it simply, we’re a social housing provider. But we do so much more.

We provide more than 6,500 quality, affordable homes to people across Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, including providing over a thousand students with accommodation in the thriving university cities of Nottingham and Sheffield.

We believe that everyone deserves to have the security of a decent home. We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of housing options, including homes for rent, home ownership and sheltered accommodation – all spread across cities, towns and idyllic rural villages. We even develop new houses to be bought outright.

But we go beyond the bricks and mortar. We do more than just deliver the services you’d expect from a landlord. We focus on the people who live in our homes and the communities in which they live. We create opportunities for people to have better lives through the provision of better homes and better services. You can find out more about our services on the ‘At Home’ pages.

We deliver the social housing service on behalf of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and this includes the following services.

  • We manage the waiting list and let vacant homes.
  • We collect rent.
  • We repair, maintain and develop our homes and estates.
  • We support people facing financial difficulties.
  • We keep our estates clean and tidy and deal with any issues of anti social behaviour.
  • We support people to manage their tenancy.
  • We engage with and listen to our customers and communities.
  • Work with Barnsley Council to build and acquire new homes for tenants.

We are a well-managed company who delivers excellent services to our customers, and who plans well for the future. Berneslai Homes performance is measured so that we can see how well different parts of the business are doing and see the difference we are making to our customers. 

Bernicia was the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the North, covering the modern-day areas of Berwickshire, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Durham, in essence stretching from the Forth to the Tees. We chose the name as the location of our homes and estates closely matched this geography, but for us Bernicia stands for much more.

We believe, following a period of change and modernisation, that we are now a significant regional business that people recognise, want to work for and with, and who operate to high standards and values – from which we will not waiver.

We can achieve success through our core values which we call ‘The Bernicia Way.’ These values are at the heart of what we do and how we do it. We live our values every day through our behaviours - how we do things, how we treat others, and how we expect to be treated.

Beyond Housing was formed in October 2018 following the merger of Coast & Country Housing and Yorkshire Coast Homes. With regional offices in Redcar and Scarborough, we are a registered housing provider responsible for the letting, management and maintenance of over 15,000 homes across the north east and North Yorkshire.

We are committed to going beyond the bricks and mortar to help our communities and region thrive. By providing quality homes people want to live in, alongside valuable additional services delivered by passionate people who want to help, we contribute to the prosperity, wider regeneration and sustainability of our communities, creating neighbourhoods that will flourish well into the future.

Beyond Housing is a Community Benefit Society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 and regulated by both the Homes and Communities Agency and the Financial Conduct Authority.

We own, manage and maintain more than 18,000 homes across the borough. We invest to improve the quality of our properties and are building new homes to give as many people as we can the opportunity to live in a quality, affordable home.

Our work goes far beyond bricks and mortar. We tackle poverty with debt and money advice. We provide food and clothes initiatives and help people keep warm for less. We support tenants and residents into training and employment, and deal with antisocial behaviour.

We help customers to remain independent in their own homes with a community alarm service and adaptations. And we work with volunteer groups to build sustainable communities.

We are a charitable community benefit society that works to make people’s lives better by providing quality housing, giving people opportunities to prosper and helping customers to maximise their income. To achieve this we work in partnership with a variety of local charities, social enterprises and other agencies.

Catalyst is a proud member of the G15 group and is one of the UK’s leading housing providers in London and the Home Counties, managing over 34,000 homes.

Our purpose is to provide homes people love for all our customers regardless of tenure type and so create communities and neighbourhoods that can flourish and grow.

As a not-for-profit organisation we reinvest money raised from property sales into developing and maintaining more affordable homes and are set to build 1,300 new homes a year from 2022.

We have an excellent track record in successfully delivering award winning major development projects and are proud to receive external recognition for the quality, creative design and our commitment to creating homes people love.

We’re a 2020 Sunday Times top 100 Best Company to work for. We invest a lot of time and resources in our people because we know it’s our people who will drive our success.  Our values are embedded across the business and we work hard, to deliver outstanding customer service and to be a high-performance business.

We’re a progressive landlord that owns and manage more than 24,000 homes and delivers housing management services for other landlords. We invest in homes and spaces to fuel people’s potential and improve lives.

Lives don’t improve by chance. They improve by change. That’s why everything we do is for the good of tenants. And why we work together, collaboratively, with care to have a lasting impact on communities.

Working with our partners, we’ll continue to invest in projects that give people a better quality of life by offering them stable homes, continuous learning opportunities, empowering tenants to be more digitally able and delivering a person-centred approach. We will also focus on activities that reduce poverty, increase physical and mental health and encourage community cohesion – this is all part of our Wellbeing Strategy.

We’re a housing association that provides more than 60,000 people in Sunderland with a place they can call home. We’re a values driven organisation, with a clear vision, a social purpose and a commitment to investing in people, place and property. We believe everyone has the right to live in a good quality home they can afford and invest millions of pounds every year in keeping our existing homes safe, secure, and compliant.

We’re also playing our part in addressing the UK housing crisis locally, by building hundreds of new, modern and contemporary homes for rent in Sunderland – homes that meet the needs of local people. Not only do we provide vital housing – we support our tenants, residents and communities by investing in services that help people live their best possible life.

This includes helping people into work, victims of domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour, young people to live independently, as well as a wellbeing service that supports our elderly tenants and residents. We’re a Sunderland centric organisation and realise we can’t do everything on our own. We value partnerships and work alongside key city partners, such as Sunderland AFC, Sunderland City Council, University of Sunderland and Sunderland College, to ensure a vibrant, dynamic and healthy Sunderland.

We’ve been providing affordable housing since 1994, following an initial stock transfer of 2,896 homes from Mid Beds District Council on 3 October that year.

Known then as Mid Beds Housing Association, we completed our first development scheme in Marston Moretaine the following year and moved into our Ampthill office in 1996.

In 1999 we changed our name to Aragon Housing Association and 12 months later MacIntyre Housing Association joined us as a charitable subsidiary providing homes for adults with learning disabilities.

We completed a second stock transfer of 3,100 homes from Mid Beds District Council in 2001. Fast forward to 2006 when we were chosen by South Northants Council as its partner to form a new housing association, to be called South Northants Homes (SNH) to receive the transfer of 2,900 properties from its housing stock.

Most of our homes are self-contained, for single people or families, but we also have housing for people with extra support needs. A number of our homes are specially built or adapted for people with a disability.

About 150 of our homes are managed on our behalf by housing co-operatives – where the residents manage the homes and tenancies themselves – and by other housing groups.

We continue to improve our existing stock of properties by spending about a third of our rental income each year to meet the government’s Decent Homes Standard.

As well as rented properties, we also have about 270 shared ownership and leasehold properties. Shared ownership can be an affordable first step into home ownership at a time when property values are becoming unaffordable in the London area.

We are committed to increasing our stock of properties within the South East and are developing new schemes for letting and shared ownership every year. We have been proactive in securing additional government funding and have submitted bids for future developments that meet housing delivery targets.

Karbon provides homes and services which form the foundations for people and places to fulfil their potential. We believe that having a strong foundation enables people to develop the life they want.

As a housing association, we own or manage almost 30,000 properties across the North East of England and Yorkshire and develop more homes every year.

We provide social rented, affordable, specialised, shared ownership and market rented homes, and also develop shared ownership and market sale homes to meet our customers’ aspirations.

As a profit-for-a-purpose business, we invest any surplus we generate into improving our properties and communities, building new homes and delivering services which provide sustainable outcomes for our customers and communities.

We seek to provide a great customer experience, which is informed by insight, including engagement with current and future customers.

Imani Housing Co-operative’s aims and objectives are :- To provide good quality permanent housing primarily for the African
and Caribbean Community members in Wandsworth.

To aim our housing provision at; the elderly, single parents, homeless families and single people from this constituent group.

To facilitate the fullest participation by our members in the management of the Co-operative’s affairs and to provide them with the opportunity to develop their potential and relevant skills through effective educational and training facilities or via other support networks.

To promote good relationships and work in partnership with relevant external bodies and other Social Housing Organisations to advocate, secure and access resources to improve the quality of life for Imani Housing Co-op members in particular and the wider African and Caribbean in community in general.

One of the largest housing groups in the Midlands and East of England, Longhurst Group provides over 23,000 homes and delivers a wide range of care and support services.

Operating in 50 local authority areas, we have over 1,100 colleagues, 10 office bases and over 80 care and support locations.

Our customers are at the centre of everything we do and we intend to work even harder to identify what is most important to them and provide the support they need.

With a clear set of values that unite our Group, we put our customers first and work in collaboration with partners that share our ambition and vision to improve lives.

The Group already makes a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, but we want to do even more.

Together, we tackle the challenging issues faced by our communities, focusing on delivering value-for-money to invest in homes and services that make a difference to the lives of the customers we serve.

Metropolitan Thames Valley provides housing at different levels of affordability for people living in London, the South East, East Midlands and East of England.

We also offer a range of care and support services. Our specialist areas include older people, mental health and transitional services which provide intensive support to marginalised or vulnerable people.

We deliver training programmes, events and activities for our residents, designed to boost employment opportunities and foster stronger communities.

A member of the National Housing Federation and the g15 – which represents London’s largest housing associations – we are building more homes to address the national shortage of affordable housing.

In October 2018 likeminded housing associations Metropolitan and Thames Valley Housing formally completed a partnership to form Metropolitan Thames Valley. We came together because we want to improve the services we provide and do more in our communities. We’ll do this by listening to our customers and working alongside them.

Newground CIC is an exciting social enterprise delivering professional services in a competitive marketplace.

But there’s one key difference between Newground and our private sector competitors. Instead of our profits going to shareholders, they are donated to the charity Newground Together and distributed in the form of grants to environmental and community projects, so by choosing Newground our customers are helping to drive positive social and environmental change.

Newground CIC is the wholly owned subsidiary of the charity Newground Together, a member of the Together Housing Group, a leading provider of quality affordable and modern homes for rent across the North of England.

Newground is accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 ensuring we deliver quality services in a safe and sustainable way.

At Optivo we understand the difference safe, secure and affordable homes can make to people’s lives. We develop places with people, not profit, in mind, building homes and communities where people can thrive.

We’re one of the largest housing providers in the UK and a member of the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations. We’ve over 45,000 homes across London, the South East and the Midlands, giving 90,000 people somewhere affordable to call their own.

And we’re growing. Our Strategic Plan 2020-25 has been launched with ambitious plans to have started the construction of 7,000 new homes by 2025 (85% of which will be affordable).

We’re about more than bricks and mortar – we’re about building communities. Our founders were passionate about helping families with a housing need. As Optivo, we’re continuing that strong commitment to social purpose.

Soha Housing is a successful, award-winning, community-based housing association working in and around Oxfordshire. We are a mutualised organisation meaning that members can get involved, influence decisions and shape the future of Soha Housing.

We’re passionate about what we do and work together with our residents to make sure we provide the very best customer service. We believe in excellent, local housing management and building strong and sustainable communities.

We have over 6,700 homes in and around South Oxfordshire and offer a variety of housing types for people at different stages of their lives – rented homes, shared ownership for first-time buyers and sheltered or extra care housing for older people.

We’re financially robust and our performance against the tough targets we set ourselves, remains high. We have the top ratings for Governance and Financial Viability from the Regulator of Social Housing.

We plan to continue to keep growing our business in a responsible and sustainable way. We have an ambition to deliver targetted community investment to make a lasting impact in our neighbourhoods.

At South Yorkshire Housing Association, we create new and affordable places to live and have around 6,000 homes across Sheffield City Region.

We also work with people with mental health conditions, with individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and our extra-care housing supports people aged 50+ to stay connected, safe, and independent. We have other services and opportunities that people can access in their home, workplace and community, and everything we do helps us to fulfil our purpose – for our customers to settle at home, live well, and realise their potential.

Our Good Work team works with people to find, stay, and flourish in employment. We provide one-to-one support to help people to develop their skills and confidence, and to find a job role that’s just right.

Stockport Homes was formed in 2005, to manage housing stock across Stockport on behalf of Stockport Council. As a limited company, we operate as an ALMO which is an ‘Arm’s length management organisation’, so whilst the company is owned by the Council, we operate independently on day-to-day matters and delivering services to our customers.

We are looking forward to the future, having signed a brand new management agreement with the Council in 2015, we will be continuing to manage homes and transform lives until 2042.

During 2016 we extended our services, through a new trading company ‘Three Sixty’ and a development company ‘Viaduct’ – the new companies mark an exciting period of growth for us along with bringing in new staff members and services under the ‘Stockport Homes Group’ umbrella.

The Wrekin Housing Group is a socially minded organisation that prides itself on making a difference to people’s lives, we do this by:

  • Providing over 13,000 homes for affordable rent and low cost home ownership across Shropshire, Staffordshire and Telford & Wrekin.
  • Delivering innovative care solutions ranging from domiciliary care for the elderly to supported housing and care for adults with learning difficulties, as well as dementia nursing care.
  • Channelling social investment in to communities, generating opportunities for people to gain employability skills, and offering advice on social enterprise.

Now one of the largest social housing providers in the West Midlands we were established in 1999 following a large scale voluntary transfer of housing stock from Telford and Wrekin Council. The evolution of our care provision can be traced back to the early 1990s following a reorganisation of services in Staffordshire.

Our housing stock and other services cover rural and town locations and includes everything from apartments in well-established residential areas and family homes in both rural and town locations to supported housing and extra care accommodation across the two counties.

Unity Housing Association is an organisation committed to building strong sustainable neighbourhoods through the provision of high quality housing and social and employment opportunities. This is epitomised by the associations Social Purpose which is to “fight inequality and empower BAME people to improve their lives by creating opportunities and helping to regenerate communities”

We are a modern, successful and visionary organisation that understands and represents the needs of all tenants of all ethnic backgrounds.

Unity was formed in 1987 with the aim of building a strong, BME-led, community housing association to meet the housing needs of black and minority ethnic communities throughout Leeds. Three decades have since passed and Unity continues to be the lead BME housing association in Leeds delivering a range of housing and regeneration services as well as playing an important strategic role in the city.

For over 30 years Unity Housing Association has been providing choice, improving life opportunities and addressing inequalities. Our initial focus was on the Chapeltown area, we have since spread into neighbouring Harehills, across the city to Beeston and then most of the other inner city areas of Leeds. We have now expanded our property base to include Kirklees.

Weaver Vale Housing Trust is a Large Scale Voluntary Transfer (LSVT) housing association, formed in July 2002, operating in Cheshire. We are an independent organisation with a clear vision for our future which places our customers at the heart of all we do.

The Trust owns over 6100 homes, a large portfolio of garages, 36 shops, 11 community play areas and a variety of green open spaces. The Trust has invested significantly in its assets, services and the communities in which it works to support their sustainability, as well as improve outcomes and life chances for our customers.

Our portfolio of homes is both diverse in type and location, spread across a relatively large geographical area of Cheshire. Ranging from new build shared ownership homes in towns to more mature homes in larger estates and independent living schemes, as well as homes in more rural areas. This diversity brings with it a varied customer base, with a broad range of expectations and aspirations.

We are a Sunday Times Top 100 company to work for, having retained this listing for an 10th consecutive year. In 2019 we reached number 22 in the listing and also achieved the accolade of a 2 star ‘Best Company’ to work for.

Yorkshire Housing provide more than 18,000 affordable homes across Yorkshire, and employ over 800 people from across the region. The Yorkshire Housing Group was created in 2008 and today the landlord provides homes and services to thousands of families across the region.

Employment and training is at the heart of Yorkshire Housing’s ambition for everyone to have the opportunity to live in a quality home they can afford, and to ensure customers maintain their independence and have the help needed to succeed.

Yorkshire Housing has a strong track record in supporting over 350 customers over the last two years and aims to achieve £10m worth of Social Value through community investment activities.

Yorkshire Housing’s community investment manager, James Haigh, explains: “Yorkshire Housing’s strategic focus is to enable people to be independent and succeed in whatever they do. Over the next three years, we’re planning to help 1,000 customers into training and employment.

“A key part of this work is to help customers and sustain their tenancies, and with Communities that Work and the network of other housing organisations we can create new opportunities for our customers and communities.”

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