We are delighted that St Leger Homes has been recognised for the work we are doing in a number of areas by the National Federation of ALMOs Annual Survey.
The survey outlines where Arm’s Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) have delivered excellent core housing management services, as well as a range of other services, to support tenants and local communities.
The report highlights three areas where St Leger Homes have excelled:
- Responding to the Grenfell Tower disaster, improving fire safety in high rise properties
- Achieving the Silver Award from SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow) for reducing its carbon footprint
- Working as part of the Doncaster Complex Lives Alliance to tackle rough sleeping locally
On fire safety in high rise properties, St Leger Homes went over and above what was required, not only removing all ACM material, but carrying out £6 million worth of improvement works, including Intrusive Type 4 surveys, additional fire stopping works to strengthen compartmentalisation; retrofitting of sprinklers to 603 flats across 9 high rise buildings; as well as other works including reviewing and renewing signage, silencing communal fire alarms, reviewing fire strategies, carrying out additional door closer checks and additional smoke detector checks to improve safety and reassure tenants.
The organisation was also praised for their work improving environmental performance, achieving the Silver Award from SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow) last year in recognition of its work to reduce the carbon footprint of council housing in Doncaster. The SHIFT assessment looked at their 20,000 council homes managed across Doncaster, as well as their offices and supply chain, measuring them against 21 environmental factors. The report showed that over the last two years, 3.3kgs of carbon dioxide per home have been saved as a result of engagement activities such as ‘keep warm’ drop-in sessions and energy saving information – and that 97% of waste generated by St Leger Homes’ offices was diverted away from landfill and instead turned into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), which could be used to generate heat and electricity in the business.
Finally St Leger Homes were mentioned for the partnership work Doncaster Complex Lives Alliance is doing to tackle rough sleeping. This work has been developed through Integrated/Accountable Care arrangements, bringing together a range of partners across Health & Social Care, Housing, Criminal Justice and includes a key role for community, voluntary and faith sector organisations – led by Doncaster Council and including St Leger Homes. The work of the Alliance spans commissioning and delivery functions in a whole system approach and is also a member of the MEAM Network – which has been a very helpful support for guidance and benchmarking. The Alliance has created a robust and systemic approach to delivery and integrated case management that is underpinned by strong bespoke ICT systems, performance and tracking dashboards and accountable governance arrangements. These systems and the Complex Lives Alliance as a whole have been identified as good practice nationally, including through the award of the Municipal Journal 2019 award Health & Care integration.
Paul Tanney, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, said:
“We are delighted that our hard work and commitment to excellence has been recognised in this national annual survey published this week. We are proud of our commitment to improve fire safety for tenants; improve environmental performance; and reduce homelessness locally. We always put the needs of tenants at the heart of our work and are always happy to share our experience of best practice to ensure others in the sector can make improvements to services too at this challenging time.”
To read the NFA Annual Survey, here