Welcomefrom Chief Exec Steve
This edition contains information from our 2018/19
annual report. It's great to look back over the year
to see where we've made great strides in different
areas. It's also a chance to see where we can make
improvements and make our services the very best
that they can be.
It's been a very busy few months since the last edition.
The Ongo Carnival took place on Wednesday 7 August,
and it was a heart-warming and inspiring day. We
estimate that there was a record turnout of over 3,000
people. Check out some photos on pages 10 and 11.
I hosted a Facebook live session in August. Over 100
people participated, and common themes included
environmental improvements, fly-tipping, and
In terms of the work to get our governance rating
back to compliant, the Regulator for Social Housing
has accepted our Voluntary Undertaking (basically
the work we have committed to do to put things right
and to improve our governance). A meeting has been
held for shareholders to vote on the new governance
structure, and interviews are due to be held to recruit
for the new common board. The new board structure
will formally begin from January 2020.
I'm particularly proud of the range of opportunities
that we have created in recent months. For example,
our Employment Support team have helped 81 people
gain employment since April, and the Viking Centre
in Barton has been supporting a group of eight young
ladies that were at risk of exploitation. They have
learnt a range of life-skills, and were recently treated
to a pamper day to celebrate their achievement.
The work in the communities hasn't stopped there.
There have been neighbourhood pride days held at
Winterton and Queensway, and flowers delivered to
the tenants of our 100-year-old homes to mark the
anniversary of the Addison Act. You can find out more
about these on pages 9 and 24.