22. March 2017 - Blog
Communities Week 2017This week is Community Week 2017, “celebrating the positive change led by communities across England”. What a great time acknowledge the work that we and our partners do, to improve local community facilities. Whilst providing safe, decent and affordable housing, HfH Homes have always had a focus community projects. These projects involve anything from general maintenance of an adventure playground to painting and decorating of women’s refuges. Although housing has and always will be our focus, we understand the importance of supporting and revitalising local community facilities. Last year we completed three community projects with the help of our corporate volunteers. The first was completing one of three refuges for women who have suffered from domestic violence, run by our partner charity Housing for Women in South East London. The painting and decorating of the refuge was completed by 40 volunteers. Thank you to our corporate partners McGuire Woods London, FitFlop, Zuora, Phillips 66 and SEI Investments who helped to make the communal areas have a fresh, brighter and welcoming feel. The second project was the completion of improvements at St Michaels Youth Centre in Fulham, whilst we explored the redevelopment of the existing land for potential housing in the Continue Reading
10. March 2017 - Blog
National Apprenticeship week- An interview with Jason Roberts by Kaia ItaNational Apprenticeship Week is designed to ‘celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses in the wider economy’. HfH Homes also share in this celebration and understand the importance of apprenticeships and the experience, confidence and skills they can provide an individual with. In 2015 we employed Jason Roberts as an apprentice, and I had the chance to interview him about his experience. Jason is currently studying a NVQ in Site Carpentry. When I asked why he chose to do his apprenticeship with HfH Homes, Jason explained that with HfH Homes he would be able to cover all aspects of carpentry work and this would then enable him to further his career whilst completing his apprenticeship. Jason also needs to complete coursework outside of working hours to ensure that he meets his course deadlines. He told me that working on site whilst attending college can be difficult, but he looks forward to each week, to see what it brings. I asked Jason what he feels differentiates HfH Homes from other apprenticeship programmes. Jason detailed his previous experience completing a maintenance operations apprenticeship with another company, but he said it was difficult as they didn’t have a sufficient Continue Reading
22. June 2016 - Blog
VA Hostel Completion More than 750 Bloomberg volunteers donated over 3,800 hours to transform a facility for homeless veterans London: Veterans Aid today announced the completion of its Old Rectory transformation, part of the charity’s £7 million New Belvedere House hostel refurbishment project. The renovation of the 12-bedroom facility was completed with the support of Bloomberg volunteers, whose contribution has helped to turn it into a world-class facility. Bloomberg’s unique community engagement contribution to the New Belvedere House redevelopment project included hands on volunteer work from 757 employees, who collectively donating 3,879 hours over the course of the ten month project. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Bloomberg volunteers completely renovated the Old Rectory building, which is now fully occupied. CEO of Veterans Aid Dr Hugh Milroy said, “This refurbishment project is a life-changer for many ex-servicemen in need. Although the Old Rectory is just the start of the overall New Belvedere House transformation, it has set a standard that will change the way people think about hostels for the homeless.” In a partnership between Veterans Aid, Habitat for Humanity and Bloomberg, the former Victorian rectory now features four superbly finished communal flats. Bloomberg employees, some of whom are veterans themselves, participated Continue Reading
20. June 2016 - Blog
Refugee Day 2016Can you imagine a day in your life, young or old, being wrenched from the only home, life and people you know right now? Can you envisage the feeling of sheer desperation and need to survive? Could you imagine having to choose between the safety and life of your own or your child’s? I can’t. Why? Because I haven’t ever had to. On Refugee Day, we are reminded of the importance of looking beyond ourselves and our local community. We are reminded of the courage and strength that it takes for so many refugees across the world, to leave their homes and loved ones, in search of safety. Here at Habitat for Humanity GB Homes, we believe that everyone deserves to have a safe place to live and call home. Whilst our primary focus is on providing affordable housing for those in need, in the local surrounding communities in London, there is still a focus on supporting international projects within the Habitat family. If you would like more information about what Habitat for Humanity are doing to support refugees please see here.