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Top five highlights of 2014



We’ve rounded up five of our highlights from 2014.

These are just some of the many wonderful things that have happened this year to improve the lives of people with a learning disability.

1   Golden Lane Housing 2014 Retail Charity Bond

We raised £11 million through the bond, providing homes to over 100 people with a learning disability supported by Mencap. This is the first charity bond to be listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Order Book for Retail Charity Bonds.

The bond was launched via Retail Charity Bonds Plc, an independent non-profit special purpose vehicle which is an initiative of Allia, a community benefit society with exempt charity status, and established in association with Canaccord Genuity.

2   Providing new homes

We worked with individuals, families and carers and professionals to provide housing for 252 people with a learning disability across England and Wales in 2014 – 131 people are living new homes purchased or leased by Golden Lane Housing and 121 people moved into suitable housing vacancies in our existing properties.

3   Maintenance services

We continually seek to improve our maintenance services and legal compliance work we deliver to our tenants. Over the last 12 months there has been a successful transition of three new contractors, Keepmoat Property Services, EMMDEE and British Gas.

We were awarded the Best Small Client for the service we have provided to our tenants at the National Housing Maintenance Forum Awards 2014 and we are nominated finalists for Best Small Client and Best Client Impact.

4   Campaigning

Throughout this year we have been working with all our tenants as part of Mencap’s Hear My Voice campaign to tell politicians what needs to change to achieve a fair and equal society for people with a learning disability and their families. Together our voices are louder.

5   Tenant Engagement Strategy

Our focus is to put our tenants at the centre of everything we do. We have produced a new Tenant Engagement strategy and reviewed our approach to give more opportunities for tenants to be involved in working with Golden Lane to design, deliver and scrutinise the services we provide.

We are looking forward to working with more people with a learning disability, their families and carers and professionals in 2015.