Manor House Development Trust celebrates six years of smart investment and making a difference on Woodberry Down with the launch of a key social impact report.

For every £1 invested, the charity has returned £2.51 in social value. The report that was launched this month along with a social return on investment study reveals some impressive outcomes and sets the bar high for impactful and sustainable community development initiatives.

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There was a great turnout at the event, with some familiar faces of residents who have been involved with the Trust from the beginning. Alison Freeman from New Economics Foundation praised the report, saying she was delighted to see an organisation recognising the importance of talking with people at every stage of impact assessment. Also present was Hackney Speaker Sade Etti and Gordon Bell MBE, Freeman of the Borough.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, speaking at the launch of the report congratulated the Trust for its work in the area:

 “Simon and his team have been the glue here at Woodberry Down. From supporting residents to start up enterprises such as the Luncheon Club to helping young people to access training and education; to delivering sustainability projects around making climate change more visible and relevant to local communities and helping residents reduce their energy bill. It is much more than a community centre; it is a hub for innovation, learning and opportunity”.

Based on five key principles: empowering, connecting, creating space, influencing and organisation, the Trust has brought about much positive change. The residents, and resident needs, drive the organisation.

The PACT Home Energy Visits programme helps residents on ways to reduce energy and costs with simple measures and home adjustments. They have visited over 750 homes and generated a social return on investment of £1.8m. For every £1 spent on the project, there was a social return of £4.

“The social impact research covering the past six years along with the social return on investment findings have been incredibly useful. We knew what we were doing was helping the community and making a different. Having the hard facts and figures really brings the achievements home to the team here, our funders and the community. We hope to share our learning and experience with other community development organisations and to influence.” Simon Donovan, CEO of MHDT.

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