Saffron launches pioneering community programme to help support local people

Published: 30th January 2020

Today (Thursday 30th January) we launched our pioneering Community Foundation Programme to support the communities where we operate.

A key priority for Saffron is to create and sustain ongoing relationships with our tenants across Norfolk and Suffolk. The new Community Foundation aims to create new initiatives and partnership working with other local organisations such as charities and local authorities to help tenants lead better lives and create places people want to live.

The Foundation is based around six themes providing a holistic offering to truly make a difference:

1. Assisted Gardening and Decorating Scheme ·
2. Apprenticeships and Employment
3. Customer Training Programmes
4. Community Project Grants and Improvement Grants
5. Staff Volunteering
6. Help and Support

The launch event was an opportunity to outline Saffron’s ambition of the Community Foundation Programme and to create partnerships to help shape what it will look like as it evolves.

Emilie Hildreth, Community Foundation Manager at Saffron, said: “A lot of the publically funded tenancy support services have recently been cut or have gone altogether, leaving more vulnerable people without any help. Social and health agendas are increasingly playing key parts of landlords’ responsibilities. We want to be more than just a landlord and are committed to the communities where we work and, through the work of our Foundation, want to enhance the life chances of our customers.

“We are really excited about this launch as it provides a fantastic platform for us to shout about our ambitions. It will also hopefully create lots of opportunities to forge positive relationships with partners and ultimately our tenants moving forward.”

Within the organisation, Saffron is also looking for volunteers to sit on a new ‘Grants Panels’ for its Community Project and Improvement Grants. The panels will consist of staff across different departments and representatives from Saffron’s Customer Voice group as well as independent advisors.

The Panel will decide which projects are awarded Saffron’s fund, looking at criteria such as sustainability and demonstrating social value amongst communities throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.