2019 is a big year for Lancashire-based Progress Housing Group as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. 

April 2019, marks 25 years since the biggest large-scale voluntary stock transfer of social housing in the North West, which led to the creation of one of the UK’s leading supported living housing providers, and the formation of one of Lancashire’s best known housing organisations, Progress Housing Group.

In 1994, tenants of South Ribble Borough Council voted to transfer its 3,500 homes to the newly-formed New Progress Housing Association, a significant milestone for the borough that helped shaped the thriving communities and deliver the high quality affordable homes evident today.

Today, Progress Housing Group manages over 10,200 properties across the UK. In addition to its 500 affordable homes for rent, the Group provides supported accommodation for those with learning disabilities and mental health needs, accommodation for keyworkers, supported housing for those experiencing homelessness or domestic abuse, and over 1,263 units of sheltered accommodation.

Progress Housing Group also provides an award-winning telecare and technology enabled care and support (TECS) service, Progress Lifeline, which enables over 36,000 people to live safely and independently in their own homes and with piece of mind that assistance is there should they need it.

Over the next twelve months, Progress Housing Group will embark on a number of celebratory initiatives to mark its anniversary. These will include:

  • Challenge £25,000 – where staff will take part in all sorts of fundraising events throughout the year to help raise £25,000 for charity
  • lots of exciting opportunities for staff and customers to get involved in from organised community volunteering days including gardening, litter picks and  DIY SOS
  • sharing customer and staff stories over the next 12 months highlighting how the Group has made a positive difference to lives of many people
  • further community investment in local projects and residents including the launch of an exciting micro-granting Community Soup initiative
  • customers being invited to spend a day behind the scenes of Progress Housing Group.

Jacqui De-Rose, Group Chief Executive of Progress Housing Group, said: “Our 25th anniversary gives us the opportunity to reflect back on the challenges and triumphs of our first quarter century and what an incredible journey it has been!

“We are very proud of how far we have come since 1994 and the role the organisation has played in providing high quality affordable homes, and working with partner agencies to create sustainable and positive communities. This has included initiatives such as opening community centres, supporting national campaigns which have led to positive changes for our customers, as well as helping to tackle issues such as homelessness, unemployment, domestic violence and anti-social behaviour.

“All of this would not have been possible without the dedication of our staff, some of whom have been with us since the beginning, board members, stakeholders, partner organisations, customers and communities at the heart of our business.

“Their hard work has enabled us to remain true to the promises we made at the time of the stock transfer in 1994 and we have continued to build on those promises to create places where people are proud to live and work”.