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Helena celebrates its fifteenth anniversary

Helena’s first development Ratcliffe Park, in Rainhill

It’s now been fifteen years since Helena officially took over the ownership of 14,400 homes from St Helens Council to become the largest social landlord in the borough.

A lot may have changed since 2002, but one thing remains the same, our pledge to customers - to provide quality homes, quality services and quality communities.

Group chief executive, Rob Young, comments: “Helena set itself ambitious plans from the outset. Striving to improve neighbourhoods, modernise services, as well as raise standards both as a housing provider and local employer.”

“It’s easy to forget what some of our neighbourhoods were like in 2002. We had 900 empty homes boarded up with green shutters, some very tired homes and neighbourhoods which felt unsafe. Fast forward 15 years and the transformation is really visible and those challenging ambitions we set out in our original Transfer Agreement have been far exceeded,”

In fifteen years Helena has invested hundreds of millions in maintenance and repairs, helped thousands of tenants and young people into training and work and to get online. Our award winning extra care housing schemes and Staying Home service for older customers provide security, independence and real peace of mind.

Since 2006 Helena has been building new homes for rent and sale, responding to local housing need and giving local people the opportunity to get onto the property ladder.

Rob continued; “Just over two years ago Helena joined forces with Golden Gates Housing Trust to form housing group Torus. Being part of Torus simply allows Helena to do even more than we could have originally anticipated in 2002, and have a bigger impact in St Helens and beyond. Over the years we’ve overcome many challenges and I’m so proud of what we have achieved. The future is exciting and together there’s so much more to come.”