One Manchester is continuing its commitment to local communities, as it takes over as housing provider for a scheme in Rusholme – after acquiring the site from a national social housing provider.
Already, staff from the place-making organisation which works across Central, East and South Manchester, have rolled up their sleeves to help make improvements to Hamilton Lodge, on Park Crescent. The staff spent a week undertaking extensive grounds maintenance, with external cleaning and gardening at the 24 properties.
Residents met with staff from the neighbourhood champions and grounds maintenance and communities team, to discuss their needs and to hear about future community events.
One resident, Rashmi Hirst, who has lived at Hamilton Lodge for 27 years, said she worked hard for many years on the gardens, and had paid for plants herself to make it nicer for all the residents.
“Due to my health, I’ve found it difficult to maintain and some of plants had become too overgrown. I am over the moon with the people who are working here and the standard of work they are doing. I’m really looking forward to working with my new landlord”, she said.
Adding to the feedback, another resident, Gareth Lees said: “It’s brilliant. I’m amazed at how pro-active the new team are. The maintenance work they have done has already made a huge difference”.
Dave Williams, Director of Assets and Growth at One Manchester said: “As the new landlord, it’s important for us to spend time getting to know residents and introducing ourselves – particularly members of our communities team who will be providing a wide range of services to tenants. Being a local provider means we can be on hand and accessible for their needs.
“It’s been a really successful week for all those involved and we now look forward to continuing to support the residents of Hamilton Lodge and investing in the neighbourhood”.
The official handover of the scheme to One Manchester was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony, involving Rusholme councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, local residents, representatives from One Manchester and Stonewater.
It took place on national Housing Day, part of Housing Week which is run by the National Housing Federation and brings together housing associations to show how they are leading through change.
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