Nehemiah UCHA History Book for 25th Anniversary
Published by Dawn Prentice for Dawn Prentice Communications in Communities and also in Care and Support, Health, Housing
Nehemiah UCHA, one the country’s leading BME social landlords, has commissioned a book about the organisation’s history to mark its 25th anniversary this year. Nehemiah UCHA has engaged SWS Communications, which has already produced histories of six other housing associations, to research, write and design the book, which will be launched at the NHF conference in September 2014. The book will be a comprehensive history of both Nehemiah, which was formed in 1989, and United Churches Housing Association, which joined Nehemiah in 2007. Nehemiah now manages more than 1,000 homes housing 4,000 people from diverse communities across the West Midlands and is set to grow with stock transfers as part of stock rationalisation in the social housing sector.
Llewellyn Graham, Chief Executive of Nehemiah UCHA said: “Our Board of Management decided that a history of Nehemiah UCHA should be compiled to commemorate the contributions of the many people, mainly from the Midlands’ African-Caribbean communities, but also those from the various Asian and European communities, who have made Nehemiah UCHA such as successful BME housing association, community investor and beacon to disadvantaged people. Research has just begun on the book with SWS Communications carrying out interviews and focus groups with a range of people involved with Nehemiah UCHA and searching through our nearly three decades of archives that stretch back to the organisation’s Church roots in 1985. ”
“We take our name from a biblical leader who helped rebuild Jerusalem. Nehemiah also means the ‘consolation of God’. So building homes and offering comfort to disadvantaged communities are twin themes running back to our founders. While today we are a modern, progressive social landlord managing £60m of assets and with a £5m annual turnover, we never forget our roots. Our mission today is to build successful, diverse communities by providing housing and culturally sensitive services. And we constantly respond to emerging need: whether providing large homes for those with extended families, specially designed homes for people with disabilities or tackling fuel poverty. Our latest venture is the Nehemiah UCHA Academy and Charitable Aid Foundation (CAF), helping tenants to acquire workplace experience to support their career aspirations and offering educational grant support to students. The history book will capture this rich diversity of activity and all at Nehemiah UCHA look forward to its publication.”