What is the definition of regeneration? For some, it’s bringing swathes of neglected land back into use; for others, it’s building attractive buildings for people to live and work in.
For Wheatley, our imaginations are wider and greater, our ambition much deeper, as we work with partners to improve and sustain entire communities.
Physical regeneration is a golden opportunity to drive real economic and social benefit through communities, often providing a springboard to transform people’s lives.
Organisations like Wheatley – in “Making Homes and Lives Better” – continue to support tenants and their families, particularly those who are vulnerable and affected by poverty and poor health, to find jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities; feel safer in their communities; and enjoy a better all-round sense of wellbeing.
Housing is a fantastic catalyst for community regeneration in cities such as Glasgow. GHA, the powerhouse of Wheatley Group and Scotland’s biggest social landlord, invested over £1.3 billion refurbishing and upgrading over 70,000 homes. Thousands of unfit homes were demolished, thousands of new homes built – with more in the pipeline.
The investment work and new-build programmes carried out by our Registered Social Landlords – GHA, Cube, Loretto, West Lothian Housing Partnership, Dunedin Canmore and Barony – together with schemes supported by our charitable trust, Wheatley Foundation, means we can support hundreds of opportunities for people from our communities to access jobs and training.
In 2016/17, we supported a total of 619 new jobs and training opportunities.
In the coming years, we will look to build even more homes across Scotland. The real challenge is to maximise the impact of hundreds of millions of pounds of investment, in the widest sense possible.
All this will help us achieve our vision of ‘Making Homes and Lives Better’.