Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association signs up to the Board Charter

HACT is delighted to announce that Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association has signed up to the Board Charter for Community Investment.

Andrew van Doorn, Chief Executive of HACT, said:

“We commend Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association for showing their commitment to community investment by signing up to the Board Charter. By agreeing to the Charter’s nine pledges, Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association have demonstrated their strong commitment to invest in their residents and communities to enable them to thrive.”

Mark Pearson, Chief Executive, Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association, said:

“On behalf of all the board and team at Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA), I am delighted that we have signed the HACT Board Charter for Community Investment. We are passionate about the opportunity we have to make a difference to people’s lives and recognise the value that a good home can deliver.


“However, as a social landlord, we want to do more than provide housing; we engage with our customers to find out how we can improve their neighbourhoods and invest time and money in work that tangibly improves their physical environment, creates opportunities for people to come together and helps people to live well.


“In 2019 we launched our LYHA Community Investment Strategy, in consultation with HACT, and signing the Board Charter formalises this commitment. I believe the Charter creates an opportunity for housing providers to come together collectively and commit to making a difference to communities throughout the country.”

We are inviting all Boards to sign up to the Board Charter, which consists of nine pledges. These pledges demonstrate a commitment of each organisation not only to invest in their communities but to do so in a strategic and impactful way. We have produced a video that can be played at Board meetings, explaining how organisations can sign up for the Board Charter, as well as the reflections from a signatory about how easy the certification process was.

The Charter has been developed by the Centre for Excellence in Community Investment, in collaboration with representatives from across the UK community investment sector.

“The role of providers of social housing in tackling both the housing crisis and the poverty crisis is more important than ever. Now, more than ever, they are playing a critical role as anchor institutions within communities,” Andrew van Doorn continued.

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