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Published by Max Salsbury for Thrive Homes in Housing

Thrive Homes celebrates partnership working Thrive Homes celebrates partnership working

Representatives from more than 50 community and corporate partners of Thrive Homes attended a special event to celebrate partnership working and learn more about the future plans of the ambitious housing association.

The ‘Thrive With Us’ event at Watford Colosseum was also aimed at thanking community partners, including presenting awards to those who had helped shape partnership working within Thrive.

Guest speaker Duncan Barkes, the LBC radio presenter, talked about the overlap between the topics of conversation on his phone-in show and the issues facing social housing residents. He said he believed in the importance of a good home with support and a thriving community.

Thrive Chief Executive Elspeth Mackenzie thanked the organisation’s partners for being part of Thrive’s five-year journey and being an essential element in their continuing success.

She also outlined Thrive’s new strategic plan, including extending the areas in which it provides homes and increasing the number of properties it owns and manages beyond the 4,000 it has in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

“One of the biggest challenges for any transfer association is to find its own identity and to develop its role in the future. We have been working on this with our board, customers and community partners over the last year to determine Thrive’s role in a changing and challenging world.

“Thrive is an ambitious organisation and from the outset we wanted to be more than just another stock transfer association. Our commitment to our vision of thriving communities where there are life choices and opportunities continues, as does our determination to focus on the health of our business so that we have the resources and freedom to offer good quality homes and opportunity for our customers,” she said.

The event on 23 June also saw Thrive launch its Thrive with Us corporate brochure and video, marking the successes it has achieved with the help of partner organisations.

Among the recipients of the awards presented to those who had helped shape partnership working within Thrive were:

  • The Community Safety Partnership ‘Partnership Plus’ Area – a collaboration of Thrive, the police, Three Rivers District Council, the fire service and Neighbourhood Watch which worked together in Thrive’s communities to give safety advice to residents.
  • United House, who enabled Thrive to complete a major upgrade to more than 2,500 homes to bring them up to beyond Decent Homes Standard ahead of schedule. They were recognised for setting the tone of how Thrive works in partnership.

Pictured: Elspeth Mackenzie, chief executive of Thrive Homes, celebrates partnership working at the ‘Thrive With Us’ event.

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