This 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 near future. With the help of our corporate partners ACI Worldwide, Phillips 66 and Centrica, 36 volunteers constructed a bin store, refurbished the BBQ area and painted the indoor stairs and hallway.
Our third community project was the Hibiscus Hub space which involved creating a family friendly space for Hibiscus Initiatives and their clients. Hibiscus Initiatives support women in the criminal justice or immigration system. With the support of teams from BlackRock, Haskoll and our construction team, the project was successfully completed at the end of 2016 and is now in full use by our partner charity Hibiscus Initiatives and their clients.
This year the community projects we have available are Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground, Housing for Women Refuge and Kingsley Hall project in Dagenham. Please get in touch if you would like to support these community projects! In the meantime, we encourage all to socially invest in, revitalise and make a difference in your community, not just during Community Week this week, but beyond that!