22 January, 2021

Regenda signs up to the Board Charter

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

“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.”

Steph Harrison

Executive Director Operations and Customer Service, Regenda Group

“We congratulate Regenda Group on signing up to the Board Charter (opens in new window) 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.”

Andrew van Doorn

Chief Executive, HACT

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 (opens in new window), 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 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:

How we’re going to deliver it:

How we’ll demonstrate it:

About Regenda

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.

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