Rural Housing Week

This week we have been taking part in the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week on Twitter, looking at the homes we have built and continue to build in rural areas, and also how we help those who live in these areas to forge stronger communities and have better lives.

Here are some of the examples we’ve highlighted this week:

  • In 2018/2019 we built a total of 69 new homes in rural areas, including some beautiful homes in Naseby, a quiet village in Northamptonshire surrounded by countryside.
  • In this financial year, we’ve built five homes in rural areas with a further 51 planned, which will include nine in the picturesque village of Adderbury in Oxfordshire.
  • Our Digital Inclusion Officer provides web training to those in our more rural communities, so they can make the most of online services like grocery shopping or ordering repeat prescriptions from their GP – lifeline services for some of our more vulnerable customers.
  • Our community room at Astrop Grange in Kings Sutton, South Northants, is used by local customers for coffee mornings, Bible study groups, fish and chip suppers, film groups and the occasional birthday party!

In the last financial year we’ve given out over £7,300 in Grants 4 Your Community funding to help local organisations, events or projects that will benefit our customers in their communities. Here are some examples of the projects we have helped:

  • Biggleswade Community Safety Group (BCSG) volunteers work with police and other services to reduce crime and ASB through events like talks on scam awareness to Good Neighbour Groups’ coffee mornings. BCSG used our funding to help buy personal safety items and purse bells.
  • A grant was given to the New Bradwell Youth Boxing Club, formed in 2017, to pay towards some boxing training. Since its formation members’ self-esteem has increased, as well as discipline inside and outside the club, and ASB in the area has reduced by over 50%.
  • Groundwork Northamptonshire benefited from a grant to help buy a bench, plants, compost and rockery stones for a Health and Wellbeing area. The project is ongoing and they hope to extend the garden area to include water features and beehive training.
  • We awarded Northampton Sailability with a grant to help buy a new set of sails for one of their access dinghies. This and their other boats will be on the water all summer, allowing people with disabilities to discover the joy of sailing.