National awards recognition for West Yorkshire housing association

Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has been shortlisted in two categories for the Housing Digital Innovation Awards 2024.

The BME-led organisation, which manages more than 1,400 affordable homes in Bradford and Keighley, is in the final running for the ‘Most Innovative Approach to Culture and Wellbeing’ prize as well as ‘Best Digital Experience (Landlords).’

MHA holds the highest achievable gradings from the Regulator of Social Housing and is the first housing association in the country to be officially accredited for its work in promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.

In partnership with the Housing Diversity Network, it recently organised a packed programme of activities for all staff to celebrate National Inclusion Week, including communal lunches, themed group discussions, and national dress days.

The association has also placed a strong emphasis on the benefits of technology and earlier this year published a three-year digital business strategy to provide a roadmap for the efficient and effective use of IT to further improve the quality of services for its customers and staff.

Lee Bloomfield, MHA Chief Executive, said:

“I am incredibly proud of the team who have worked so hard to establish the reputation that puts Manningham Housing Association in the running for these prestigious awards.

“We are a relatively small organisation, and to be competing with much bigger housing associations is a credit to each and every member of the MHA family.

“Creating and maintaining a warm, welcoming, and supportive culture for tenants and staff is vitally important to the senior management team.

“Being recognised for our efforts in digital is also particularly pleasing, given the limited budgets we have.”

Rupert Pometsey, MHA Chair, said:

“This is wonderful news for everyone involved with Manningham Housing Association.

“The dedication to excellence from the staff at every level is a source of inspiration for the board.

“No one at MHA settles for second best, which is why we seek to push the boundaries in lots of different areas of activity, including digital.

“This is an approach we will remain resolutely committed to.”

The winners of the Housing Digital Innovation Awards 2024 will be announced in a ceremony at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday, February 8.