Northwards Housing is 10 years old this week. We’ve been looking back at what we’ve achieved since we were first formed back in 2005.
North Manchester has seen some major changes in that time – changes we’re proud to be a part of.
In the 10 years since Northwards was born, we’ve helped our community to flourish. You can see what we mean by having a watch of our video '10 Years 10 Lives':
We’ve spent almost £300m on improving homes in north Manchester. Before Northwards, there were 5,749 homes in the area which didn’t meet the Government’s Decent Homes Standard. That means that they weren’t in a good state of repair and didn’t have reasonably modern facilities. By the end of 2014/15, that number was just nine.
Keeping things green
We’ve also been investing in renewable energy - helping tenants beat fuel poverty by keeping their energy bills down.
Using money invested by Manchester City Council, more than 1,800 homes have solar PV panels installed and 21 blocks of flats have panels to power the communal areas.
Last year, Clifford Lamb Court in New Moston was the first tower block in the country to be fitted with an innovative ground-source heat pump. The pump takes warm air from the ground via bore holes 150m deep, which helps to power tenants’ heating.
And in Collyhurst, the skyline has been transformed after four tower blocks underwent a major facelift worth £7m.
In 2011, the flagship Extra Care scheme at Whitebeck Court saw a pigeon infested derelict tower block be reborn as a state-of-the-art home for elderly tenants, with on-site care facilities.
More than 10,000 new kitchens have also been installed since Northwards began in 2005.
Not just homes...
And it’s not just homes that have benefitted – community facilities in the area have also been beefed up.
In 2013, we teamed up with Manchester City Council to open a new centre to help people get jobs and training. Since opening its doors in Newton Heath, yes has helped more than 200 local people get back into work and has now expanded into Higher Blackley.
Sue Abbott, who has been a tenant in Harpurhey for 24 years and is also chair of the Northwards board, said: “Ten years ago, north Manchester was a very different place. Now, it’s on the up. Northwards Housing and Manchester city council have led the way on that and I’m proud to say that I’m a tenant.”
Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “For a decade, Northwards Housing has been an anchor for the communities that make up north Manchester.
“For a relatively young organisation, it is incredible how many thousands of Manchester people rely on the hard work of Northwards staff, how many lives have been bettered and how many homes improved under their stewardship.
“The coming years will be some of exciting change for the neighbourhoods of north Manchester, so here’s to another 10 successful years at Northwards Housing.”