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Staff from Progress Housing Group took part in a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the continuing housing crisis in the UK through a staff ‘Steps in Work’ event.  They also held two community events for ‘Run for Homes’ on 11/12 April at their Independent Living Schemes in Kirkham and Penwortham.

These events mark the first anniversary of the National Housing Federation’s ‘Homes for Britain’ campaign to raise awareness of the UK’s housing crisis and to help housing associations raise awareness of what they do for people and neighbourhoods in their areas and why they do it.

Between 13 March and 12 April professionals from the sector, together with staff from the National Housing Federation, journalists and commentators got teams together to run anything from 5k all the way up to full marathons. 

Progress Housing Group is already fundamental to the success to its local area, providing 11,000 homes as well as careers and opportunities.  The sector-wide Run for Homes is just the latest example of Progress Housing Group going the extra mile for the people of Lancashire and taking action to help the local people they serve.

Katie Teasdale, External Affairs Manager at the National Housing Federation said:

“The team at Progress Housing Group are yet another example of the commitment and passion that we see daily across the housing association sector. 

“It is that enthusiasm that we want to harness by calling on the sector to go the extra mile and walk, jog or run whatever distance possible to raise awareness and add further to Progress Housing Group’s role as champions of its local community.”

Sian Coulton, Senior Community Involvement Manager at Progress Housing Group said:

“Between 6 and 12 April we had staff volunteers monitoring their ‘steps in work’ with pedometers.  The 13 volunteers clocked up an impressive 265,969 steps during their working week!  We also invited the local community in Kirkham and Penwortham to take part in a short walk between our independent living schemes.  Over 50 people took part in the 2 events and completed over 48,000 steps.  Everyone had a fantastic time, and those taking part in the event were rewarded with a hotpot supper.”

“We want to thank our staff and local community for helping us raise the profile of the on-going UK housing crisis – and hopefully they got a little bit fitter too!”

For more information about the National Housing Federation visit: www.housing.org.uk