Blog – A career in housing isn’t just one profession

By Aileen Evans, Group Chief Executive 10 February 2022 Recently I was asked to do a talk at my children’s school about a career in housing and in thinking how to go about it, I decided to use the story of a young man with a learning disability we’d provided a home for; for the purposes of this blog I’ll…

Blog – Love Island, lockdowns and domestic abuse

By Lisa Kearns, Partnerships, Domestic Abuse & Safeguarding Manager 24 August 2021 Sadly, domestic abuse is an everyday occurrence. It will affect one in four women and one in six men in their lifetime, leading to two women a week being murdered and 30 men per year. And the pandemic has only made matters worse, with lockdowns restricting some people’s…

Blog – Getting seriously social

By Dave Lakin, Director of Development & Commercial Friday 13 August 2021 A decade ago, Grand Union built 158 homes for social rent in one year. This was a watershed, we could see change was coming, after the banking crisis and subsequent recession, but looking back I didn’t realise it would be such a dramatic shift. In the decade that…

How we’re helping to find homes for Syrian refugee families

News – 18 June 2021 Since 2011, millions of Syrians have been forced to flee their home in what remains the largest displacement crisis in the world. They have been forced to seek asylum as refugees in countries across Europe and in the Middle East, and since January 2014 the UK has resettled over 20,000 Syrian refugees through the Syrian…

What is the ‘social housing white paper’ and how does it affect customers?

News – 5 May 2021 In November last year, the Government published the ‘charter for social housing residents: social housing white paper’. This sets out the actions the Government will take to ensure that social housing customers are safe, are listened to, live in good quality homes, and put things right when things go wrong. Things like this don’t happen…

Blog – “What we do matters”

By Richard Prewer, Head of Property Operations Wednesday 14 April 2021 This time last year, the country was in full lockdown. Twelve months later, while still in lockdown, we’re starting to see light at the end of the tunnel as more and more restrictions are lifted. Throughout all of this time, we’ve seen how small acts of kindness can make…

Further together – our progress so far…

News – Tuesday 26 January 2021 It’s been six months since we launched Further together, our ambitious corporate plan for 2020-23. Further together sets out our aspirations and goals for the next three years and was created with input from our Board, our colleagues and our customers. It builds on the strong foundations we’ve put in place during the past…

Building more homes in Milton Keynes

News – Tuesday 29 December 2020 We’re pleased to have been granted planning permission from Milton Keynes Council to build much needed affordable housing in Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes. The site, off Highgate Over, will provide 30 two bedroom apartments with a range of tenures, including shared ownership which will offer a low cost route into home ownership for people…

Where are we building?

Feedback from a recent customer communication survey told us that you wanted to see more news about our homes for sale or rent. So here’s an update on where we’re currently building: Towcester, South Northants Our former office will be demolished and replaced with a modern three storey building consisting of 20 apartments – 12 for shared ownership and 8…

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