We have a strong social purpose and make it our mission to enable people to live well in their home and community.

We do this by providing safe, good quality homes and services, making a difference in the communities we serve, providing more affordable homes, and supporting colleagues to enjoy work, learn and grow. For 50 years we have delivered against our purpose - growing and evolving whilst remaining true to our roots.

It can be difficult for people to access housing they can afford in their local area, so we offer a range of tenures to help people into a home that’s right for them including homes for affordable rent, social rent, market rent and shared ownership.

Some people need a little extra support to live well, so we provide homes with specialist support for people with dementia, mental health issues, learning and physical disabilities, and those who have been made homeless or experienced domestic violence. We also have dedicated independent living schemes for older people to support them to live independently in their community.

Low rent

59 %

Our rents are 59% less than market rent.

Homeless support


Last year we provided homes to 360 families and 139 people who were previously homeless.

Supporting independence


Through our supported housing we helped 852 people to live independently last year

Customer involvement


Last year 5,339 customers gave us feedback which has shaped our services.

In 2023 Irwell Valley Homes celebrates its 50th birthday.

We were formed in May 1973 with a handful of homes in Salford and one mission – to enable people to live well in their homes and communities.

From these nine terrace homes, we have grown to serve more than 20,000 customers across Greater Manchester, remaining true to our social purpose and diversifying to offer new tenures and types – from supported housing and independent living to shared ownership and rent to buy opportunities.

Watch our film below sharing some of the highlights and memories of the last half a century from colleagues and customers past and present.


  • Irwell Valley Employee drilling the hinges of the door

    Our homes

    Improving homes and building more

    All our homes meet the Decent Homes Standard. Every year we invest around £9 million maintaining home and keeping them safe, and £7 million on home improvements.


    Everyone deserves a safe, secure, comfortable place to call home. We are building more affordable homes of different types and tenures to help meet the growing demand. Plus more supported housing and eco homes to reduce carbon emissions.  


    We have invested over 33.8 million building 235 new affordable homes over the last three years and plan to invest a further £176 million in delivering 1,110 new homes over the next five years. 


    In Trafford we are well under way with our multi-million-pound estate regeneration programme in Sale West our multimillion-pound estate regeneration programme. We are transforming the estate by building more affordable housing, improving existing homes and enhancing the environment and public realm with new roads, parking, walkways, cycle routes and environmental enhancements. Read more here. 


    • We’ve built 200 new affordable homes since 2019.  
    • We’re building 1,100 more affordable homes over the next five years.  

Making a difference in the communities we serve

By working with the people in the communities we serve, we can improve the lives of those who live there. From hosting outreach services at our community centre, to serving up free kid’s meals in the school holidays at our community café, we make a difference in the communities we serve. 

We have an active social investment strategy which is supported by a £2million charitable investment fund, the Irwell Valley Foundation. Every year we invest around £100,000 of dividends to help people with their personal development and wellbeing, as well as projects and initiatives that benefit the wider community. See the difference it makes here. 

We play to our strengths and work with partners across the public, voluntary and charitable sectors to help us achieve more. Partnerships like Athena which is helping to deliver training and employment across Greater Manchester to reduce inequality and poverty.  

All our colleagues are given two days every year to support charities and organisations within the communities we serve, helping them play an active role and helping us to make a difference.