Saffron Housing Trust now has nearly 6,000 homes throughout East Anglia; see where these are located on the Housing Map. In 2004, 4,300 properties were transferred from South Norfolk Council – the growth in the number of homes a clear indication of Saffron’s commitment to provide more affordable homes for the people of East Anglia.
Saffron has worked with a variety of partners in its nine years and continues to do so. Some of the work undertaken facilitates small projects such as that of Solo Housing in Diss.
Age UK Norfolk and Saffron Housing have a continuing partnership with Grays Fair Court in New Costessey. Saffron worked with Age UK Norfolk (formerly Age Concern Norfolk) and Norfolk County Council to provide a £5 million state of the art resource centre for older people which, along with 34 Saffron homes is a multicare scheme which includes 20 respite care beds and day services.
The Benjamin Foundation provide a support service in Saffron’s Right Tracks building in King’s Lynn. This scheme saw a derelict tyre depot transformed into 12 flats. These homes are for young people who need some support as they move into independent living. This support is provided by The Benjamin Foundation. Right Tracks won The Mayor’s Design Award ‘in recognition of the creation of a design of special quality which enhances the surroundings in this Borough’. Saffron was grateful for the support of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
Saffron has also worked in partnership with Break to open Hazeldene, a Family Assessment Centre, just outside Lowestoft. This centre assesses parenting skills to ensure that children are safe and protected.
A partnership with Broadland District Council and Norfolk County Council resulted in Sherwell Court in Hellesdon, Norwich. In June 2010 Saffron opened Sherwell Court which provides eight specially designed flats for young people with disabilities, a bungalow with a high standard of accessibility and nine houses for people on the Broadland District Council’s Housing register.
Saffron is also one of the largest providers in the country of HOLD properties – Home Ownership for those with Long term Disabilities. Whilst Saffron has shared ownership HOLD properties throughout East Anglia, several homes were recently completed in Lowestoft, in partnership with Suffolk County Council. HOLD properties mean that those who have particular needs – and their families – not only know they have a home for as long as they need it but that they can specify how their individual support is provided.
The Board, Executive and Staff are committed to providing quality homes and services for people in Norfolk and throughout East Anglia. They are delighted to work in partnership with a range of organisations.