HACT is delighted to announce that Regenda Group has signed up to the Board Charter for Community Investment.
Steph Harrison, Executive Director Operations and Customer Service, Regenda Group said:
"Regenda’s core purpose is to regenerate places, working with people to create the opportunities they need to thrive. We’re delighted to have committed to the Board Charter for Community Investment and will continue to work within communities to make a positive impact on people’s lives."
Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive, HACT, said:
"We congratulate Regenda Group on signing up to the Board Charter and demonstrating their commitment to community investment. Social housing organisations are continuing to drive 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.”
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. We have produced a video that can be played at Board meetings, explaining how organisations can sign up for the Board Charter, as well as the reflections from a signatory about how easy the certification process was.
The Charter has been developed by the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment, in collaboration with 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.
The Board Charter
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.
The name Regenda is a combination of “regeneration” and “agenda”, reflecting our purpose: we regenerate places to create opportunities for people.
The Regenda Group is well established. Formed in 2001, within 10 years it was joined by five housing associations, dating back to 1963: West Pennine and the Limehurst Village Trust in Oldham, Templar in Macclesfield, Wyre in Poulton-le-Fylde and Maritime in Liverpool. Together, we gained a reputation for innovation.
We strengthened our Independent Living, property development and regeneration services. In 2009, we saw an opportunity to provide a better value repairs service by buying M&Y Maintenance and Construction. We went on to increase our commercial activity, buying McDonald Property Rentals (a private lettings agency), creating Redwing Living (our private rent, sale, property management and shared ownership company) and acquiring Alder Training (which provides training and apprenticeships in health, dental and care, as well as business, housing and customer services). These commercial enterprises contribute some of their profits to enable Regenda Homes to provide affordable housing and social projects.
In the last few years, we have added to our portfolio, welcoming to the Group the Petrus Community (homelessness charity), Centre 56 (child care for those suffering from domestic abuse) and Positive Footprints (personal development for young people).
We now own or manage around 13,000 properties in the North West. We're experienced, innovative and we get results.