Great Places recently played host to a fact-finding visit from the public affairs team of the National Housing Federation.
Jessica Levy, Public Affairs Manager, and Barry Hartness, Public Affairs Officer, were shown the varied work Great Places does across a range of services. They are pictured above with Ben Townsend (centre), Head of Private Sector Development.
They started their visit at the site of Great Places’ largest ever development at Melland Road in Gorton which was bought by the group’s private sector arm, Cube, earlier this year and will offer over 130 homes for affordable rent, sale and shared ownership.
It was then on to Northmoor in Longsight where they were shown how the organisation has transformed the area over the last decade.
Jessica and Barry then visited the organisation’s head office where they heard about how the business is tackling poverty and offering help to people in some of the most deprived areas in the region.
The final destination was The Docherty Project in Rusholme which offers specialist support and accommodation for men and women who need help maintaining a home because of difficulties related to alcohol use.
Jessica said: “There’s nothing more constructive than having the opportunity to see the great work that housing associations do at first hand and the commitment staff have to helping make a real difference to people’s lives."
“As someone who is relatively new to the sector it’s really motivating to see the diverse range of services Great Places provides.”