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Housing association described as ‘beacon of hope’ as excellence status is confirmed

Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has retained its Customer Service Excellence accreditation after a rigorous independent inspection, achieving the highest possible Compliance Plus rating in 11 individual areas of its work.

The association, which owns and manages more than 1,400 homes for over 6,000 residents in Bradford and Keighley, has held the prestigious quality mark since 2019 when it also became the first housing association in the country to be officially accredited for its efforts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

The Customer Service Excellence Standard is awarded to organisations deemed to have a “truly customer-focused culture” following a review of documents submitted to an official assessor and an on-site visit.

The assessor also held a combined total of 12 in-person and virtual discussions with MHA staff at all levels, members of the association’s Board, Customer Panel members, suppliers and tenants.

In his final report, he wrote: “Manningham Housing Association has been a beacon of hope to many during the pandemic and is now emerging as a stronger, more dynamic and adaptable organisation.

“Being a truly community-based BAME housing association, MHA has created a range of additional services ensuring that the diverse and varied needs of communities are met.

“To a large extent the staff and the Board reflect the diversity of the communities which MHA serves, and the organisation is fully committed to working with partners to improve skills, create new employment opportunities and improve the quality of people’s lives.”

He concluded: “I can confirm that all the requirements of the Standard are met in full.”

Nadim Khaliq, MHA’s Head of Housing Services, was responsible for ensuring the association met the long list requirements demanded by the assessment process.

He said: “This is a fantastic result including full compliance with the Customer Service Excellence Standard, no partial compliances and 11 areas where we achieved Compliance Plus.

“It a wonderful reflection on everyone involved with our work including staff colleagues, community partners, tenants and the Board.

“Rather than a ‘can-do’ attitude, MHA prides itself in demonstrating a ‘will-do’ attitude.

“There has never been more apparent than since the arrival of Covid-19.  We rose to the challenge and worked harder than ever to improve lives across the diverse communities we are privileged to serve.”

Barrington Billings, MHA Chair, said: “I never cease to be amazed by what the incredible team of talented and committed individuals who make up the Manningham Housing Association family can achieve.

“There is a never a hint of complacency, just an overwhelming desire to raise standards even further and make a real difference to people’s everyday lives.

“It is energising to see their professionalism at first hand.

“On behalf of the Board, I congratulate and thank them all.”

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About Manningham Housing Association Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has a proud track record of delivering homes and services to communities in Bradford and Keighley. It was founded in 1986 following a piece of research on the housing needs of Black and Asian communities in Bradford. This research proved that the needs of the South Asian community were not being addressed. With an annual turnover of £8.2 million and a staff of 42, the association now manages more than 1,400 homes for over 6,000 residents. Around 75 per cent of MHA properties are large family homes with three or more bedrooms. Over 80 per cent of MHA residents are of South Asian origin but the association proudly serves all of those in need. MHA holds a G1 rating for governance and a V1 rating for financial viability from the Regulator of Social Housing. In addition to being awarded the Customer Service Excellence quality mark, MHA is the first housing association in the country to be officially accredited for its work in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. In 2021, MHA won the Outstanding Approaches to Communications category at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Awards and was shortlisted for two UK Housing Awards including Landlord of the Year.

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