COOKIE NOTICE: Irwell Valley uses cookies to store information on your computer, in order to improve your experience when using our website. One of the cookies we use is essential for parts of the site to operate and has already been set. You may delete and block all cookies from this site (using your browser), but parts of the site may not work. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, Read More.

Working together to shape the growth and success of GM

11 July 2019

Working together to shape the growth and success of GM

We’re working with partners to shape the growth and success of our region because we believe that by working collaboratively we can achieve so much more.

We’re supporting the delivery of Community Led Housing across Greater Manchester (GM) with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and North West Housing Services (NWHS), as well as community partners and other housing providers. Over the last 12 months we have supported several co-operatives with the development of new homes.

And we are partners in Hive Homes, a Joint Venture between GMCA and ten GM housing associations. Hive Homes has created a new entrant in the GM housing market, accelerating delivery to meet local housing targets and creating profit for purpose. Acting as a commercial developer, Hive Homes will build and sell homes on the open market and the profits will be used by the housing associations involved to invest in more social housing. Four sites have been identified to date, which are expected to deliver 400 homes.

As part of the Greater Manchester Housing Providers (GMHP) we have pulled together our resources to deliver services to communities across Greater Manchester. We have helped to develop a GM-wide supported housing strategy and delivered against our collective social value commitment.

Last year GMHP collectively provided 834 new homes and helped 1,947 homeless people into a home. We secured £7.2 million of inward investment to the region and supported over 28,000 jobs. We also invested £2.2 million in local communities and supported over 1,000 community groups.

We remain committed to working with our GM partners to deliver on our pledges; doubling our delivery of new homes, reducing the pressures on health and social care, investing in more than 1,000 new apprentices, supporting the GM economy and tackling homelessness.

As principal partners in the Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) we are helping to address poverty across the city region by fostering collaboration and innovation, carrying out research and campaigning for changes in policy to address structural and systematic causes of poverty.

And we continue to work with a wide range of agencies to deliver specialist supported housing services across GM. As well as statutory health and social care agencies, many of our partners are small third sector organisations. These partnerships are significantly improving the lives of the people we support. For example, in Bolton our work with BACKUP is supporting vulnerable young people off the streets and into a stable home, and in Salford we are providing a safe home and support to women and children at risk of domestic abuse. We believe that by supporting smaller organisations we are able to meet locally identified need, by tailoring services to what is truly needed at a local level.

We want to work with those who share are values and ambitions to improve the lives and opportunities of the people and communities we serve. If you would like to work with us – please get in touch.