Welcome to the MHA Community Development webpage
Please see details of our Community Development team projects and activities supported by a range of different funders: Home Office, Ministry for Housing (Building Bridges Bradford), National Lottery COVID Response Fund (Fighting Fit), National Lottery Awards for All (Lets Get On), Sport England (Smashing Boundaries). We also have additional activities being delivered in the house as part of the Community Partnership Team, including Digital Inclusion.
All volunteering projects are on hold until further notice. The Community Engagement Team have had to make the difficult decision of placing all volunteering projects on hold (due to the current Covid lockdown restrictions) until March 2021.
Here at MHA, we are looking to our Bradford and Keighley communities to get involved in our new volunteer scheme which is about to launch.
The Xperience Volunteering Project (XVP) will initially run on a trial basis for six months with the objective of attracting 20 local people to fill voluntary roles with employers across the district, including MHA itself.
Manningham Housing Community Partnership team were delighted to share over free 40 projects and activities that were part of ‘Fighting Fit’, ‘Building Bridges Bradford’, ‘Smashing Boundaries’, and ‘Let’s Get On’ Projects. Our team had developed a whole range of activities and projects to increase wellbeing, encourage active lifestyles and opportunities to socialise and stay connected during these difficult and challenging times. All activities were online and included some of the following: healthy eating cooking, physical exercises such as yoga and chair-based exercise, music therapy, arts and crafts, financial advice including projects focusing on improving mental wellbeing and developing resilience.
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Campaigns We Support
MHA is proud to support HYA. Hollings Youth Association is a non-profit organisation, working in the Manningham area of Bradford since March 2009, with the goal of supporting and developing young people through social interaction and offering a diverse set of activities.
For more information on HYA please visit www.hollingsyouth.org
Manningham Housing Association has signed up to the Make A Stand campaign.
Make a Stand was launched in June 2018, as part of Alison Inman’s presidential appeal to tackle domestic abuse. It centres around a pledge was developed in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and our 2018 presidential charity Women’s Aid.
Millions of people experience domestic abuse every year and two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week. Housing organisations house and employ millions of people across the UK and that means we house and employ many thousands of people affected by domestic abuse.
The housing sector must do more on this issue. In the words of CIH president Alison Inman, these are “our homes, our people and this is our problem”.
The pledge gives housing organisations the opportunity to sign up to make four focused, but easily deliverable commitments to provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse.
This is a way for housing organisations to publicly commit to take action to support victims of domestic abuse.
So please, join us and Make a Stand! You can find all of the information you need about the pledge on the Chartered Institute of Housing site by clicking here.
Throughout the coronavirus crisis, there has been an increased awareness of the importance of good homes, strong communities, and the right care and support. So, we have been moving quickly at this vital moment to create a simple, powerful message that captures this awareness and reaches politicians – calling for a once-in-a-generation investment in social housing and the people who live in it.
Our sector has always believed that everyone deserves a safe, secure, comfortable place to call home. Not just now, in the middle of this crisis, but always.
Homes have been at the heart of this crisis. Now they can be at the heart of our recovery. That is our key message for the government, and that is why our campaign is called #HomesAtTheHeart.
#HomesAtTheHeart will be a national campaign and coalition. We are working in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing, National Federation of ALMOs, Association of Retained Council Housing, and Crisis. We are also securing supporters from across different sectors – from Carers UK to Natwest.
This is just the start of the campaign. Throughout the summer and autumn, we are planning a series of media stories, themed weeks of action, new resources, social media activity and targeted engagement with politicians to create a consensus that social housing must be at the heart of our country’s recovery. You can also stay up to date by following #HomesAtTheHeart on social media.
We believe that this campaign can help us secure the investment in social housing our country needs. With your support, it could become a real catalyst for positive change. We can put #HomesAtTheHeart of recovery.