Projects and partnerships
We offer a range of external services at competitive prices that can complement or support your business.
Holiday Kitchen offers families learning, food and play when they need it most. The aim of this well-being project is to support families to thrive throughout the year by offering fun activities, family learning experiences and healthy community meals which promote health and educational life-chances. Holiday Kitchen is for families who could benefit from positive opportunities during stressful holidays periods when other services, such as free school meals, are less available. Through a collaboration with Birmingham City University, we work closely with community partners to support families of pre and primary school children who are on low incomes and/or are in need of additional support. For the latest news, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.
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Accord made history five years ago when it became the first housing association in the country to open a factory manufacturing low carbon advanced housing manufactured (AHM) timber homes. Local Homes is a timber frame manufacturer that produces high performance closed and open panel housing systems. The homes are designed and manufactured to provide flexible solutions that can be tailored to individual needs and functions. This includes everything from floor layout and external finishes, to building form and shape. The housing products are low cost to build, fast to erect, reduce on-site waste, reduce traffic movements and offer the residents living in the homes lower running costs than brick and block built properties.
Matrix is a unique co-operative providing affordable housing and health and social care services. As a not-for-profit co-operative of housing associations, Matrix responds innovatively to the country’s need for more affordable housing. The partnership is made up of five highly skilled associations led by Accord and includes Rooftop Housing Group, Trent & Dove, Trident Social Investment Group and WATMOS Community Homes. We collectively manage over 30,000 homes across the wider Midlands region, employ over 4,000 people; have assets of more than £1.2bn and a combined turnover of over £218m. Matrix spend annually over £19m on repairs and maintenance services, £17.5m on home improvement programmes and £46m on a range of goods and services in local and often fragile economies; stimulating growth, creating jobs and generating extra economic and social value.
InDesign is our own architecture team - the UK’s only architectural team based within the framework of a social housing landlord. Indesign blend cutting-edge design with a resident-led ethos which delivers the low cost high-quality homes that people want. We also lead the sector in developing low carbon housing solutions at the same cost of traditional homes which deliver energy savings of 50% and more. Our expertise in culturally-appropriate design means we are helping to create the safe and sustainable communities of tomorrow.
Planning for Real® is a nationally recognised community planning process based on 3D modelling. The process allows residents to register their views on a range of issues, to work together to identify priorities, and in partnership with local agencies go on to develop an action plan for change.
Home and Garden Services
Our 80-strong in-house maintenance and service team have 25 years’ experience of working within the social housing sector providing services for both internal and external customers. The service offers:
- Gardening, landscaping, tree surgery and grounds maintenance
- Communal cleaning
- Gas and electrical installation, repairs and servicing
- Repairs, refurbishment and restoration
- Neighbourhood services, including car parking and security systems.
Please email the Home and Garden Services team for information.
Old Tree Nursery is our plant and garden nursery in Wolverhampton that is open to the public with a café and crafts retail outlet. It also provides training/employment opportunities and support to people with learning disabilities, mental health needs or those facing disadvantage due to social or personal histories. Old Tree Nursery also offers a gardening and landscaping service.
Hub Launchpad is designed to change your community, bit by bit! We work with people who have ideas to improve their environment, be it the health of the residents, social interactions or bringing empty buildings back to life. Ideas include a service to provide recycled bicycles at a low cost, a telephone service to support isolated people and a furniture project that helps those in recovery and young people at risk of substance abuse. The programme is currently closed, but we will have more themes launching soon in Wolverhampton. For more information, email Emma Wright or call 0121 442 5095.