Livv signs up to Board Charter for Community Investment

08/06/2020

HACT is delighted to announce that Livv Housing Group has signed up to the Board Charter for Community Investment.

“We congratulate the Board of Livv in signing up to the Board Charter for Community Investment,” said Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive of HACT. “They have demonstrated their commitment to community investment and highlighted their role as one of the leading anchor institutions in Knowsley, Merseyside.

“Since the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment launched the Board Charter in September, we have been inundated with interest from housing providers,” Andrew continued. “Social housing organisations are driving forward the community investment agenda, recognising that there is now a significant opportunity for us to speak more collectively, effectively and publicly, formalising our long-term commitment and ensuring our social purpose is embedded across our businesses.”

Léann Hearne, Chief Executive of Livv Housing Group said: “Signing up to the Board Charter demonstrates our continued commitment to investing in our local communities, supporting those communities and neighbourhoods and the people who live there, to thrive. In an uncertain and changeable economic climate, it’s great to see that the investment we make results in real success stories, for real people. And that matters to us.” 

We are inviting all Boards to sign up to the Board Charter, which consists of nine pledges. These pledges demonstrate a commitment of each organisation not only to invest in their communities but to do so in a strategic and impactful way.

The Charter has been developed by the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment’s Influence Working Group, which comprises representatives from across the UK community investment sector.

“The role of providers of social housing in tackling both the housing crisis and the poverty crisis is more important than ever. Now, more than ever, they are playing a critical role as anchor institutions within communities,” Andrew van Doorn continued.

Editor’s notes

Livv Housing Group is an independent housing association providing affordable, quality homes for around 25,000 people, through nearly 14,000 properties in Knowsley, Merseyside. 

HACT launched the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment in September 2018. The Board Charter was launched at the Housing Summit in September 2019 during a speech given by Andrew van Doorn at the conference.

The Board Charter consists of nine pledges to which social housing organisation Boards are required to commit:

The Communities Pledge:

  • Community investment is core to our role as a social housing organisation and central to our social purpose.
  • We commit to owning, investing in, and celebrating our community investment work and its impact.
  • We will work with the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment to help maximise and measure the impact of our work, as well as invest in the people who deliver it.

How we’re going to deliver it:

  • Our Community Investment Strategy will be underpinned by an action plan, and the appropriate resources, people and skills to deliver on our objectives.
  • We will ensure residents are at the heart of community investment, co-creating service design and involved in scrutiny and review.
  • We will be part of our communities, with Board members leaving the boardroom to see community investment delivery first-hand.

How we’ll demonstrate it:

  • We commit to a methodologically robust and rigorous measurement mechanism to evidence the impact of community investment activity.
  • We will publish key measures of success in our annual report to facilitate transparency and accountability.
  • We will be leaders and advocates for community investment, both in and outside of the housing sector.