Melin Homes celebrated turning 10 with a business breakfast event at Rodney Parade, Newport this week.
We celebrated our 10th birthday with our stakeholders and partners this morning. Peter Crockett opened the event by outlining some of our achievements from the last 10 years. Guest speaker Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales was delighted to speak at the event and congratulated us on being the first housing association to sign up to the code of Practice for Ethical Employment in supply chains, which means we are a living wage employer and have an expectation that our suppliers sign up too. Ms Howe said: “Melin is a crucial part of the holistic vision of the Well Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 through empowering people to live the best lives they can. Housing is the heartbeat of sustainable communities.”
Melin Homes has supported Street Life Sarnies (SLS) Easter Egg Appeal. The campaign, which is in its third year collects chocolate Easter eggs for homeless outreach teams, family homeless hostels, safehouses and night shelters across Bristol, Newport, Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil.
We've had so much to celebrate lately; our 4000th home, number 37 in the top 100 organisations to work for, award success and now we have been announced as number 16 in the Best Housing Associations to Work For list 2017. This means we have jumped up another four places on our position last year. Best Companies have created the list of the 25 best housing sector organisations to work for based on the views of 6,997 survey respondents.
One of Paula’s first public engagements was meeting Marc Hepton, Operations Manager at Eden Gate and his team of volunteers. His team gives up their own time every week to ensure the centre is open to provide advice, support and hot drinks to homeless people in Newport.