All Smiles As Manningham Housing Association Community Celebrations At Mela – Keep The Faith ® The UK’s black and multi-ethnic Christian magazine

More than 600 Manningham Housing Association (MHA) customers attended a Mela to thank them for their support and collectively celebrate the organization’s achievements since the pandemic began in 2020.

The family event, held at Bradford City Football Club, featured a host of fun activities including a bouncy castle, magician, penalty shootout, rodeo bull, virtual bowling and face painting , as well as show stages and a hot buffet.

Representatives from community partners and MHA agencies were also present, including Bradford Hate Crime Alliance, HSBC, Hollings Youth Association, Staying Put, Bangladeshi Youth Association and Bradford District Credit Union.

MHA is the first housing association in the nation to be officially accredited for its work promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. It also recently had its Customer Service Excellence accreditation reconfirmed with the independent assessor’s report describing the organization as a “beacon of hope”.

In 2021, the organization won the Outstanding Approaches to Communications award at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Northern Awards “for its incredible work with tenants and residents during the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic”, and was shortlisted. for two UK Housing Awards, including Landlord of the Year.

So far in 2022, MHA has won two Northern Housing Awards, including Team of the Year for their work on the Building Bridges Bradford project, which aimed to build community resilience and tackle racism , prejudice and community division through social action activities. The initiative has also supported those affected by Covid, including those suffering from mental health issues, loss of income and isolation.

Ulfat Hussain, Deputy Director General and Chief Operating Officer of MHA, said:

I would like to thank our wonderful team of dedicated staff – led by Amar Khan, our Head of Guest Engagement and Engagement – ​​for their tireless work in making Mela such a success. We are fortunate to have fantastic people who always come together in difficult times to do their best for our customers. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback which demonstrates the continued important role we play in the community.

These two and a half years have been incredibly difficult for everyone. We were determined to create an event filled with smiles, joy and hope for the future. Fortunately, we managed to exceed even our own high expectations.

The worsening cost of living crisis and the prospect of further energy price hikes have created a new set of challenges but, with the collective spirit displayed at the Mela, I know we will overcome them together.

Barrington Billings, MHA President, said:

The Mela was a fabulous opportunity for all to enjoy and celebrate their membership in the MHA community.

Our staff acted quickly after the announcement of the first Covid restrictions to support all of our tenants and this commitment has never wavered, including providing regular social contact and opportunities for physical exercise.

It is wonderful that their efforts have been recognized externally and it is especially satisfying to celebrate these achievements with our customers as their needs will always be our top priority.

Yusaf, an MHA tenant who frequented the Mela, commented:

Great staff and hospitality. It was well organized, a lot of respect. Fab.

Julia added:

I spent the evening in Bradford City with FoodSavers and the Credit Union. I was blown away by the event Manningham Housing Association organized for their clients. It was a great event, the magician was awesome, the food was awesome, the company was awesome and your staff gave you all the credit.

Written by: Barry White

Andrew B. Reiter