Genesis Housing Association has this week agreed a new strategy to help improve outcomes for residents at the Woodberry Down regeneration scheme in Manor House.

As part of the partnership, Genesis will also contribute £60,000 a year to support the Manor House Development Trust’s work at Woodberry Down, matching annual funding from Hackney Council. The Genesis funding will support activities that focus on improving life chances and economic wellbeing in the neighbourhood.  Areas covered include health, volunteering, help with finances and addressing social isolation.

The announcement follows a special event held on Monday April 14th marking 5 years since regeneration work started at Woodberry Down.  The regeneration scheme, which is led by Berkeley Homes and Genesis in partnership with Hackney Council, Woodberry Down Community Organisation, MHDT and existing residents, will build 5,600 new homes by 2035 and has already delivered over 850 homes, a community centre, school and shops.

Paula Hines, Commissioning Manager at Genesis, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Manor House Development Trust’s work at the heart of Woodberry Down.  This strategic partnership recognises that regeneration goes well beyond bricks and mortar: it’s all about working with communities to support wellbeing and better futures.”

Simon Donovan, Director at the Manor House Development Trust, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this fantastic funding deal. Genesis have played a leading role in the development of Manor House Development Trust and have been one of our closest partners on Woodberry Down. This money will be invested in ensuring that the incredible results that we have all worked to achieve are built on and multiplied over the next 15 years. Thank you Genesis.”