Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) is celebrating their 4th Birthday by reflecting on the huge difference they’ve made and are making in Wythenshawe.
WCHG formed in 2013 when Parkway Green and Willow Park Housing Trust’s came together to form a new Group structure. Building on the strengths of both organisations they are now the largest community landlord in Manchester, providing over 14,000 homes to more than 20,000 people in South Manchester.
WCHG is strongly committed to tackling the national housing crisis and their development programme will see 836 new homes built up to 2021 with an investment of over £100m in the local area. These new affordable quality homes will provide the building blocks to leaving a lasting sustainable legacy for the Wythenshawe community.
Group Chief Executive Nigel Wilson said, “WCHG is so much more than just a housing provider, since the Group launched we have an impressive Social Return, investing £8.8m into the Wythenshawe community which has yielded a £6 return for every £1 spent. We will continue to look for future development opportunities and support to the local community wherever we can, from helping people get back into work to offering apprenticeships and training programmes for local people. We are proud of the difference that we’ve already made in Wythenshawe and we will continue to build on this legacy into the future.”
Chair of the WCHG board, The Bishop of Manchester the Right Revd David Walker said, “WCHG’s impressive development programme will provide hundreds of new homes for local people, support those most in need and also those who would otherwise not be able to afford their own home. We will continue to strive for excellence in everything we do towards our vision to create a community that people choose to live and work in, having pride in their homes and the services that we provide.”
Since the Group formed in 2013, they have;
- Invested £100m in new homes
- Acquired £4.6m in Grant Funding
- Supported 557 people back into employment
- 1622 residents have benefited from training
- More than 3000 tenants have been supported through Financial Inclusion services
- WCHG Time bank, Real Food and Colleagues have volunteered and donated a staggering 48,965 hours to the Wythenshawe Community
- Completed our landmark £20m Extra Scheme ‘Village 135’