30 August 2017
Celebrating 40 years of Hanover housing in Hackney
On 25 August 2017 we brought together three of our estates to mark a 40-year partnership between Hanover and the London Borough of Hackney.
In 1967 we opened Appleton Court, Ashley Court and Augustines Court, marking a significant step in the development of the organisation. This 40th anniversary event was a celebration of the estates themselves, and of the ongoing collaborative work between Hanover and charities, health organisations and social enterprises that is delivering a wider range of wellbeing activities to residents.
Nick Hodgskin, Hanover's Assistant Director of Housing & Support for Hackney & East London, gave a speech to open the event. This was followed by residents Betty (Appleton Court), Margaret (Ashley Court) and Frank (Augustines Court) who spoke about their experiences of living at Hanover. Nick said: ‘Events like this which bring communities together make us proud to be part of an exceptional service delivery in Hackney.’
The newly elected Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, and Hanover's Executive Director of Operations, Chris Munday, spent time chatting with residents and staff. The Mayor said: 'It’s wonderful to be here today, hearing residents' stories from three different estates. This demonstrates that it’s not just about buildings – it’s about active communities of older people, engaged in a variety of different activities and enjoying each other’s company.’
Residents then enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by a group of staff, along with music and dancing in the large shared garden on a gloriously sunny day. Sharon Teape, Area Manager at Hanover, was born in Hackney and has lived there all her life. She said: 'Although life is changing and evolving, we need to make sure we preserve our communities.'
Catherine, a resident of Ashley Court for 17 years, said: 'I'm part of the furniture! I love it there because I have everything nearby - shops, the market and good transport links.'
By forming strategic partnerships in the borough with organisations such as Hoxton Health, Shoreditch Trust, St Josephs Hospice, Mind, Cycle UK and Leyton Orient Trust, we are able to provide residents with more choice. These organisations have often already secured funding - all they require is free community space and direct access to clients, and this is something that we can provide.
We are also connecting with other housing associations in the borough. At Appleton Court, for example, we have been working closely with Peabody by utilising their community funding to offer a befriending service to socially isolated residents. We are also in conversation with Peabody to see how they might be able to facilitate residents getting online.
Additionally, we are looking at working with Family Mosaic and Southern Housing on how we can join up our respective wellbeing activities to provide further opportunities to residents.