Affinity Sutton has developed an innovative approach to maximise the potential of its community centres. Its Community Asset Transfer strategy is helping Affinity Sutton build the capacity of local organisations to drive forward thriving and sustainable centres - creating significant benefits for the local residents which they serve.
It is an approach that will help housing associations ensure the considerable investment that community centres demand is value for money.
Having successfully rolled out the approach across 15 of its community centres in the last two years, Affinity Sutton has worked with housing charity HACT to develop a toolkit for housing associations and other relevant stakeholders. The toolkit will be available from Wednesday 23rd September on our website.
Following the release of the toolkit, Affinity Sutton and HACT will be hosting a series of three Masterclasses that will enable housing associations to understand how to develop and incorporate a Community Asset Transfer approach across their portfolios.
Phil Miles, Director of Regeneration & Communities at Affinity Sutton, said: “We have long recognised the valuable role community centres have to play in terms of community cohesion and responding to local needs. Our approach is based on a central ethos that community centres are assets rather than liabilities.
“We want all of our centres to be self-sustaining facilities that serve the local neighbourhood well.”
Matt Leach, Chief Executive of HACT, added: “Housing providers are increasingly focused on ensuring their community-based investment generates sustainable financial and social returns. At a time when all aspects of housing provider expenditure are under scrutiny, this toolkit will enable the impact and sustainability of landlord-owned community assets to be properly managed and assessed.”