Sunday 12 November marks 10 years since Greenfields Community Housing began owning and managing around 8,500 homes in the Braintree District.
From day one, we have strived to be more than a landlord. As one of only four Community Gateway associations in the country, we’ve aimed to improve the lives of people in our communities in many ways, with milestones including:
- Completing a £98 million improvement programme to homes
- Contributing over £3 million in grant funding to local projects and organisations
- Providing almost 300 new homes in the district and beyond, with 850 planned in total by 2021
- Remodelling several older persons’ schemes
- Being shortlisted as Outstanding Landlord of the Year in the UK Housing Awards.
As well as special events for our staff and volunteers, we’re celebrating our special birthday with a series of Make a Difference Days around the district. Each event gives us the chance to support our residents in a variety of ways – be it to tidy their gardens, have a good clear-out, get to know their neighbours or just keep their children busy in the holidays!
So far, we’ve had a Fit and Fun Fest and BBQ and games event in Witham, an indoor picnic in an older persons’ scheme in Hatfield Peverel, a scare-filled Halloween Fright Fest in Braintree, and various community clean-up days across the district. Laura Clark from Alexander Road, Braintree, said of a clean-up in her neighbourhood: “These days are a brilliant idea and it’s good to tire the kids out; I love getting my hands dirty and helping my neighbours.”
Our Leadership Team of 10 directors and heads of service have also been pulling their sleeves up and getting stuck in, with each holding a monthly fundraising activity this year for staff to donate to and join in with. Car Park Karaoke, a spin-a-thon,10 hours of volunteering and lots more have helped to raise £2,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support, our Charity of the Year.
Phil Adams, who has been Greenfields’ Chief Executive since day one in November 2007, is very proud of what Greenfields has achieved: “I can’t thank our residents, staff, Board and partners enough for their fantastic contribution and commitment, which has helped us to achieve what we promised at the start. I’m so proud of how we’ve worked together on our ambition of improving lives; and I am confident that we can continue to do so long into the future. I look forward to seeing what the next decade brings for us all.”