Manningham Housing Association has made it to the shortlist in two categories for the Housing Digital Innovation Awards 2024.

The BME-led organisation, overseeing over 1,400 affordable homes in Bradford and Keighley, is in contention for the ‘Most Innovative Approach to Culture and Wellbeing’ award and ‘Best Digital Experience (Landlords).’

Manningham Housing Association boasts the highest possible ratings from the Regulator of Social Housing and is the inaugural housing association in the country to receive official accreditation for championing equality, diversity, and inclusion.

In collaboration with the Housing Diversity Network, it recently coordinated a comprehensive schedule of activities for all staff to mark National Inclusion Week. This included communal lunches, themed group discussions, and national dress days.

The association has also prioritized the advantages of technology. Earlier this year, it unveiled a three-year digital business strategy, outlining a roadmap for the efficient and effective use of IT to enhance the quality of services for its customers and staff.

Lee Bloomfield, Manningham Housing Association Chief Executive, said; “I am incredibly proud of the team who have worked so hard to establish the reputation that puts Manningham Housing Association in the running for these prestigious awards.

“We are a relatively small organisation and to be competing with much bigger housing associations is a credit to each and every member of the MHA family.

“Creating and maintaining a warm, welcoming and supportive culture for tenants and staff is vitally important to the senior management team.

“Being recognised for our efforts in digital is also particularly pleasing, given the limited budgets we have.”

Rupert Pometsey, Manningham Housing Association Chair, said; “This is wonderful news for everyone involved with Manningham Housing Association.

“The dedication to excellence from staff at every level is a source of inspiration for the board.

“No one at Manningham Housing Association settles for second best, which is why we seek to push the boundaries in lots of different areas of activity including digital.

“This is an approach we will remain resolutely committed to.”

The winners of the Housing Digital Innovation Awards 2024 will be revealed in a ceremony at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday 8 February.