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Pride in realising potential and building for people’s future

It’s with great pride that we have been able to launch our accommodation offer in Bradford.

When I was a child, we drove over to Bradford to regularly visit my Auntie Madge, an extended relative of my family who lived on the Brierley estate really close to where the property development is in Tong.

It’s fair to say my great aunt had a tough life working in the sewing factories of Bradford. It’s amazing how life connects from the 1970s to 2018!

The large Phillips Family who sold their property to Humankind in 2016 had their fair share of ups and downs once they moved into the council house which we have converted into purpose built units for ten people with learning disabilities.

Like my aunt, they have a great pride in Bradford and the people.

When they sold the property to Humankind they wanted to make sure the building went to good use. They were blown away with the result this week.

Graham Phillips, in his speech at the opening, described his family’s association with the “wonderful [Humankind] charity” and how we saw the potential of the property, bought it and saw the project through to provide “high standard accommodation for members of the disabled community in this amazing city of Bradford.”

Its days like this that make my job truly worthwhile. I had practically nothing to do with the initial idea or the work that has gone into what it has become.

The credit for this goes to Claire McCreanor, her team and the senior staff and trustees that have supported the expansion into Humankind being able to extend its offer to providing high quality housing to Bradford and for people with learning difficulties.

Bradford is not unlike many other areas in the UK and certainly in the North of England. There is a 65% gap in the right sort of property and care available for vulnerable people most in need.

At Humankind, we are grateful to Homes England for the grant that enabled this development in Tong. We want to work with partners like Bradford City Council, the builders Code Building Solutions and the care and support providers Future Directions CIC to develop high quality housing that meet the needs of people so that they can live the life they want to live.

The development at Phillips Court does this.