whg is one of the largest and most successful providers of high-quality housing in the Midlands.
Dedicated to the success of its people and places, whg owns and manages more than 20,000 affordable homes and also delivers a range of community-based services.It now has a presence in 15 local authorities across the region.
In the last financial year, whg continued to accelerate its development programme to help address the housing crisis and completed 377 new homes. These were across a mix of types and tenures, including rent to buy and shared ownership.
Gary Fulford, whg’s Group Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Fresh Start award for the Express & Star’s Great Big Thank You Awards. This award is all about recognising those who have overcome barriers to make a positive contribution to their community. As a leading Midlands landlord, we know that communities are not just created with bricks and mortar, but by the people that live in them.”
Over the coming years, whg will continue to build high-quality and affordable homes across the Midlands. Work is continuing to progress along the Goscote Lane Regeneration Corridor, which will deliver more than 800 new homes in North Walsall. Waters Keep, a 412-home estate in Blakenall, is expected to be completed next year, with work on the second phase of the scheme set to start this summer.
Partners for this project include Keepmoat, Walsall Council, the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (BCLEP) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Work recently finished at Keelson Pointe, a 66-bed wellbeing scheme in Leamore for people aged over 55. This development offers customers the chance to live independently for longer. Another similar scheme is set to open in Brownhills in autumn 2017.
A new scheme of 65 one and two bedroom apartments is also set to open in Penkridge next year. The development,called Swallow Pointe, will offer shared ownership homes for the over 55s. The homes are due to be handed over in October 2018. whg is also continuing to deliver a number of services to help improve the health, employment prospects and environment of its 40,000 customers.
More than 200 people have enrolled on its weightloss management programme, Waist Away, with a total combined weight loss of more than 70 stone. By the end of the last financial year, whg’s Employment and Training team had supported 179 customers into employment.
whg is also working closely with Co-op Energy to launch its new tariff, called FuelGood. This is only available to whg customers and will help customers save on energy bills.