Newsletter: Foundation HA Summer 2010

News: Aksa and New Charter side by side on TV

Oldham-based Aksa Housing Association is to feature in the second series of a popular BBC One documentary.

“Neighbourhood Watched”, a series of four 40-minute programmes, was broadcast last August. Each episode attracted more than 2.3m viewers.

Filming for a second series began this week. The programmes will follow staff as they deal with the variety of tasks and customers they encounter daily.

In the first series, independent production company Raw Television found the human consequences of the economic downturn, with tensions and existing homes in short supply. The work landlords do to tackle anti-social behaviour made some of the headlines. But there were also heart-warming stories of local people faced with change as they grew older, and the joy of success in garden competitions.

The second series will follow the same format but promises to look at some of the more topical issues facing housing providers and their communities.

Aksa is celebrating its twentieth year. Although it has continued to grow in Oldham, it has also developed new homes for rent elsewhere in Greater Manchester. As a specialist BME association, it joined the New Charter Housing Trust Group five years ago. New Charter was heavily featured in the first series of the documentary and will appear alongside Aksa in the new series.

New Charter’s Group Chief Executive Ian Munro said: “We believe “Neighbourhood Watched” gave a balanced insight into the excellent work housing providers do. Yes, there are risks associated with granting such wide access to the film crew, as recent celebrity-based housing programmes have shown. But good housing is a cornerstone of society, and we hope the second series will show the links with good health, improving education and improving tenants’ job prospects. I’m delighted that two of the landlords in the Group will contribute to the programmes.”

Executive Producer for Raw Television, Lucy Willis said: “The last series of “Neighbourhood Watched” offered a compelling and entertaining window on modern day social housing. We found such a wealth of material that we’re delighted to be making a second series and this time round we’ll be including some new, thought provoking areas. “

The series will be filmed through to early autumn and delivered to BBC One for transmission in 2011.

This article is reproduced courtesy of 24Dash.com.

News: Adullam Homes sponsors HIV/AIDS awareness play

Adullam Homes, the National Supported Housing Association whose head office is based in West Bromwich, is co-sponsoring a groundbreaking initiative that will see The Birmingham Library Theatre Company tour local Secondary Schools and Further Education Colleges in the region with a play about HIV/AIDS by award winning playwright Philip Osment.

The event is part of ‘The Birmingham Living Archive Project’ which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Freshwinds and focuses on collecting the history of HIV/AIDS in Birmingham over the last three decades. This is being achieved through the recording of oral testimonies from those living with, and or affected by the virus living in Birmingham.

The play, ‘Who’s Breaking’ is both entertaining and informative, and aims to improve awareness and provide a better understanding of the issue among young people in the region.

The first performance of ‘Who’s Breaking’ was performed at the Central Library in August. It gave staff from the various agencies involved with the project to give their feedback before the play tours local secondary schools and colleges later in the year.

Steve Woods, Director of Business Development, at Adullam Homes presented a sponsors cheque £2,600 to the Birmingham Library Theatre Company.

According to Avert, an international AIDS charity, in 2008 there were over 7,000 new diagnoses of HIV, contributing to a cumulative total of 102,333 with 25,171 people being diagnosed with AIDS in the UK.

As Steve explained: ”Treatment of HIV and AIDS has come a long way since the early to mid-eighties. Science better understands the issues of and treatment regimes and support programmes are more sophisticated these day’s. That said, it is still vitally important that young people properly understand the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.  Adullam is delighted to be able to join with other dedicated service providers in getting the message across in a way that we hope will resonate with young people today.”

Adullam is involved with the initiative through its Adcare Project based in Birmingham, which offers non-judgemental support services to those living with HIV/AIDS.  Adcare has a number of dedicated supported properties dispersed throughout the region.

‘Who’s Breaking’ will tour schools and colleges in the Birmingham and Walsall region starting in late November and December and coinciding with World AIDS Day on December 1st.

This article is reproduced courtesy of Community Care.

News: New kit thanks to donation

An Oldham football club has been able to kit out its team thanks to a generous donation by Aksa Housing.

Now the young Greenhill FC team can go onto play in the Tameside League for season 2007/08. The £5000 donation not only covers the costs for new kits, but will also help the team with transportation costs for away games.

Said club chairman Abid Hussain: “I am delighted to work with the Aksa Housing and I and the club committee very much appreciate the help from Aksa by making the donation.”

He added: “This will take us through another successful season and we want to make sure that young people are
enjoying themselves by participating in regular football activities the club provides.”

Greenhill FC was set up in 2004 due to a lack of sporting facilities for young people. The club has grown and developed immensely since then and they now have over 200 young people taking part in teams that range from 5yrs to under 16’s.

The club is run by local people voluntarily and has coaches who are qualified at various levels by the FA and UEFA and works in partnership with many local organisations and with various sections of the community

Aksa Housing Association’s managing director Sajjad Hussain said: ” The volunteers at Oldham Greenhill Football club give up a lot of their own time in order that the local youngsters can have quality football coaching.

“When we were approached to sponsor the new kits we had no hesitation in saying yes. We are very happy to be involved in our community and hope the new kits bring the club many trophies”.

This article was reproduced courtesy of Manchester Evening News.