We are pleased to have begun a new relationship with Sovereign Housing Association in which we are working collaboratively to achieve overall community development in Devon communities with Sovereign Housing stock.
This involves adding value and expanding our existing projects and services, but also developing new community initiatives in alignment with Sovereign’s key strategic priorities. These pilot projects will be co-designed and be of direct benefit to the identified communities.
We have already collaborated with Sovereign to develop a new Ageing Well project, which will involve an expansion of our Devon Highlights Zoom groups and 1-2-1 befriending call services to support older people at risk of loneliness. The project is due to be rolled out - in collaboration with Sovereign’s Community Officers - into an area of Plymouth where a need has been identified to support residents in a Housing for Older People Scheme.
Along with Sovereign, we are using the HACT Social Value tool (developed specifically to measure the social value around housing www.hact.org.uk/social-value-bank), to measure the overall social value of our community development work. to the end of March 2021 we had achieved £2.4m in social value.