50 Years of Community Achievement At Trident
Published by Dawn Prentice for Dawn Prentice Communications in Communities and also in Environment, Health, Housing
Trident Social Investment Group incorporating housing associations, charities and social enterprise and which provides housing to 6,000 people across the Midlands, will be celebrating 50 years of community achievement throughout 2012. Trident is marking its 50th Anniversary and five decades of housing the most vulnerable and meeting community needs by embedding its social investment ethos, launching a new five year corporate plan and brand, undertaking a group-wide social audit, publishing a Trident history book, holding a range of events and policy roundtables, and charitable fund-raising through a ‘Tour de Midlands’ bike ride by committee members.
Mike Pritty, Chair of Trident Social Investment Group said: ‘When Trident was created in 1962 Watson and Crick had just received a Nobel Prize for discovering DNA, the Cuban missile crisis was underway, the Beatles were a house band in a Hamburg bar, and England had just been dumped out of the World Cup by the USA! House prices were 2 percent of today’s, housing associations only managed 4 percent of social housing, and a new Housing Act, which brought Trident into being, had imported Scandinavian co-housing and co-ownership models. The founding of Shelter and filming of ‘Cathy Come Home’ in Birmingham in 1966 changed Trident’s approach to one of meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in society. Since then, Trident has been dedicated to this mission and finding ways through innovative, community investment of improving the life chances of Midlands’ people.’
John Morris, Trident Group Chief Executive said: ‘Trident as one of the oldest housing associations in the Midlands, has a proud history of helping people in need and with a commitment to working in disadvantaged communities going back five decades. We are drawing on this deep knowledge to develop our ‘social investment group’ concept, which we believe is unique in UK housing. We have considerable assets on which to build including housing assets of £130 million, approaching £30 million in turnover and a Group that incorporates a range of organisations with varied skills and expertise. Our new Corporate Plan sets us the goal of becoming ‘A Beacon of Hope’ to disadvantaged communities in a time of austerity and a rapidly changing operating environment. With this in mind, we are confident that the next five years will be a successful as the previous 50.’