Multi-cultural housing provider honours founders
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Arawak Walton Housing Association has celebrated the achievements of its founder members by unveiling a plaque at its head office.
The social landlord has been providing affordable homes in the heart of Manchester for over 25 years, and specialises in meeting the housing and associated needs of black and minority ethnic communities.
Together with Arawak'a first treasurer, Fred Frederick, and acting chair Tony Gordon, original board member Elouise Edwards did the honour of pulling back the curtains to reveal the plaque.
The event was attended by Tony Lloyd, police and crime commissioner for Greater Manchester.
He has a long history of supporting the association through its fledging years, as it strove to address the housing needs of initially African and Caribbean communities living in some of the most deprived areas of Manchester.
This has widened to address issues around community cohesion by facilitating and encouraging the many diverse multi-cultural communities to now call Manchester home.
With many of the founder members now having passed on, their families and friends were able to represent them.
Mrs Edwards said: “It seems unbelievable to think that the ideas that started off in someone’s front room over a cup of coffee have resulted in this financially strong organisation which owns almost 1,000 homes and houses over 4,000 tenants. The founder members would be extremely proud of where Arawak Walton has got to."
Mr Lloyd said: “Whilst Arawak Walton’s aim was to champion good quality housing for Black and minority ethnic communities, it was also about leading the way in how to deliver diverse, sustainable and vibrant neighbourhoods where people from all backgrounds want to live.
“In addition, they are a role model in showing that Black and minority ethnic businesses can flourish and grow to be multi million pound businesses in a very difficult economic climate.”
Mr Gordon said: “The founders were the ultimate pioneers when it came to showing the way to deliver quality housing for all and we are rightly proud to carry on delivering their legacy.”
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