Kinara Close in Keighley took centre stage as Bradford Council Neighbourhood Wardens, representatives from West Yorkshire Police, and Bradford District Credit Union joined the board and staff members of Manningham Housing Association on a special visit to engage with local residents.

This event marked the latest in a series of Scheme Focus events organized by Manningham Housing Association, which oversees more than 1,400 affordable homes for over 6,000 residents in Keighley and Bradford.

The initiative aims to facilitate interactions between residents in Manningham Housing Association housing developments throughout the Bradford district and team members at all levels of the organization. Key stakeholders who closely collaborate with Manningham Housing Association to support local communities also participated.

Lee Bloomfield, Manningham Housing Association chief executive, said; “It was wonderfully productive and enjoyable morning.

“It is crucially important for us as a community-based housing association to get out and about to meet residents in their neighbourhoods.

“The Manningham Housing Association board rightly feels it is important for them to engage directly with residents to better inform the decision-making process at board meetings, complementing the work of our staff who are on the ground every day talking to local people.”

Rupert Pometsey, Manningham Housing Association vice-chair, said; “I was delighted to see a full turnout of board members at Kinara Close.

“Most importantly, it was an absolute pleasure to meet local residents to discuss how we are serving their needs and, indeed, how we might do even better.

“Having our friends at Bradford Council, West Yorkshire Police and Bradford District Credit Union on hand to deal with different queries from residents was also really helpful and made the visit even more worthwhile for all involved.”

Cath Bacon, Manningham Housing Association tenant board member who was named Tenant of the Year at last year’s Northern Housing Awards, said; “It is important to constantly reinforce the message that there are no barriers between residents and Manningham Housing Association, including our board members.

“Visiting individual schemes and speaking to tenants on their own doorsteps is the best way to achieve this, and also lots of fun!”

Zahida, a Kinara Close resident, said; “I am overwhelmed by the support provided by Manningham Housing Association. Two caretakers recently helped to clear all the overgrown bushes on Kinara Close, they were two gems.

“As a fosterer looking after a child with autism, Manningham Housing Association has supported me with what I do and enabled me to directly assist around 20 local families with foster care.

“There is a need for a local play area around Kinara Close. I have identified land at the end of Kinara Close and believe it can be transformed into a play area. I have volunteered to become a Scheme Champion and will be working with Sayed, our Manningham Housing Association Neighbourhood Officer, to help develop the project.”