Golden Projects

As part of its 50th birthday celebrations, HACT launched its Golden Projects competition in June 2010 to mark its 50th year of working with the housing sector for the benefit of poor and marginalised groups.

Housing providers and community groups across the UK were invited to submit bids to secure funding and advice to help turn their new ideas into reality. Around 85 submissions were received and evaluated by the charity’s panel of judges.

The shortlisted 12 projects aimed to bring residents and other sections of the community together on initiatives from training and employment, community cohesion and financial inclusion to healthy eating and food production, reducing fuel poverty and improving mental health.

All of twelve winning projects were supported to develop and test their ideas on the ground, with the intention of further investment for the most successful and viable amongst them that could provide a key focus for HACT’s work over the coming two to three years.

Golden Projects round 2

Community Champions - LIFT (formerly Brent Homeless User Group) and Catalyst Housing Group

A Community Champions Programme for tenants of Catalyst Housing Group will be extended from Brent to Hillingdon and Ealing.

B.HUG (Brent Homeless User Group), will train and support 30 Catalyst tenants in the next year to identify and lead local activity to make their neighbourhoods more self-reliant – with the knowledge, resources and capacity to tackle problems in their community themselves.

They will also support tenants to build their influence – with the knowledge, skills and confidence to advocate for changes they cannot directly bring about on their own.

EcoTeams – Knowsley Housing Trusteco teams

Working with local schools, resident groups and community organisations, Knowsley HT has been piloting the EcoTeams programme.

Through a community engagement programme they have worked with children from 90 households and adults from a further 20 households to help them identify financial and environmental savings.

This is achieved through advice, support and skills development to implement low and no cost measures.

In the next stage, working with their community partners Faiths4Change, and other partners Global Action Plan and Billscutter, they want to extend this programme to achieve the following:

  • 125 households switching tariff to achieve savings in energy costs
  • 250 households using website to develop awareness of best practice in energy use
  • Establish 8 new community EcoTeams serving 80 households
  • Facilitate 8 school EcoTeams serving 200 households
  • Undertake 60 Home Energy Audits
  • Facilitate intergenerational working between 4 EcoTeams and assist a range of volunteering.

Taking the projects forward

HACT will provide ongoing support for the projects over the next two years, including access to our wider networks and expertise.

Evaluation and promotion will take place with HACT particularly interested in ensuring that the learning from their work is captured and transferred to the wider housing sector.

Ultimately HACT is interested in these excellent projects leaving a lasting legacy in the sector, with others adopting their approaches in neighbourhoods across England.

Details of the winners of the Golden Projects round 1 Competition

Download a list including a description of each project

Read about some of the projects on the Inside Housing website.

Diance Cosstick from Endeavor, one of the project winners, answers Leading Questions in the Guardian (November 2010)

1 Community Control

Lead partners: Brent Homeless User Group and Fortunegate Community Housing (part of Catalyst Housing Group) Location: Harlesden, LB Brent

2 Community Research and Action

Lead partner: Moat Location: South East

3 Cultivating Cohesion Initiative

Lead Partners: Bradford Base Social Enterprise and Horton HA Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

4 Eco Teams

Lead partner: Knowsley Housing Trust Location: Knowsley, Merseyside

5 Growing Communities

Lead Partner: Places for People Location: Bristol

6 Harpurhey Timebank

Lead Partners: Harpurhey Community Church and Northwards Housing/Adactus Location: Harpurhey, North Manchester

7 Local Roots

Lead Partner: East Potential Location: LB Newham and LB Barking and Dagenham

8 Neighbourhood Editors

Lead Partner: Castle Vale Community HA Location: Falcon Lodge Estate, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

9 New Skills for New Beginnings

Lead Partners: Community Campus ’87 and Endeavour HA Location: Middlesbrough and Stockton, North East

10 Sheltered Housing Community Hubs

Lead Partner: Trafford Housing Trust Location: Trafford, Manchester

11 TARA Twinning

Lead partners: RotherFed (Rotherham Federation of tenants and residents) and 2010 Rotherham Ltd. Location: Rotherham, South Yorkshire

12 Volunteer to work

Lead Partners: Keystone Development Trust and Flagship Housing Location: Thetford and Brandon, Norfolk  

Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity is providing the funding for these projects and also for the 12 supported in the pilot stage.

The Henry Smith Charity is a large grant making charity. They make grants totalling approximately £25 million each year to up to 1,000 organisations and charities throughout the UK for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.

The Henry Smith Charity has been helping to combat disadvantage since 1628. Henry Smith, the founder of the Charity, was a London salt merchant who purchased land around the country.

During his life he created a number of charitable trusts for the relief of the poor. He died in 1628 leaving his Trustees the sum of £2,000.

Today, the Charity continues to honour the spirit of Henry Smith’s Will by focusing its grant making on the challenges and opportunities facing people in need throughout the UK.