Place Category: Communities
Manor House Development Trust was established in 2007 as a community-led, charitable Trust that works in partnership with local residents, community groups, voluntary sector, private sector, and public agencies to bring about lasting improvements for the benefit of all in the Woodberry Down and Stamford Hill area of East London. We champion environmental, health and economic improvements across the area and co-ordinate the delivery of a wide range of community development services across north-east Hackney.
Over the past three years, we have managed a community centre to transform services and provide activities to engage a wide range of social groups. We have now been given a long-lease for a new, purpose-built community centre, which we will use to extend our services and community outreach. Our principles of local ownership, community benefit and mutual support create an entrepreneurial approach and culture which is vital for the Trusts long term growth and success.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Manor-House-Development-Trust.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
Updated August 2016
1) Creating a resilient and happy community
Manor House Development Trust is a charitable social enterprise based in the London Borough of Hackney. Set up in 2007, MHDT leads social regeneration on Woodberry Down - one of the UK’s largest housing regeneration schemes. Our key objective is to create a resilient/happy community.
Situated in one of England’s poorest wards, MHDT is resident led and provides holistic community development. MHDT builds social cohesion between new and existing residents, with the bulk of our services aimed at individuals/families on lower incomes, living in the social rented sector.
MHDT aims to empower local residents in determining how their community can be developed. Our simple 5 Keystone Strategy creates the means from which community can develop:
- Connecting – MHDT is the anchor community organisation in Manor House. We provide the practical means so other organisations can link and work better together. For example creating consortia to bid for funding such as Manor House PACT. Through our connections we make it easier for new social impact organisations to work in our community for example UCL researched community severance as MHDT was able to connect them into the area.
- Empowering – creating a local voluntary sector; volunteering; employment; business development opportunities; E.g. MHDT’s PACT programme worked with 400 volunteers; helped 64 residents gain employment and formed 6 new green social enterprises.
- Space – Creating/Managing space so residents have safe places in which to carry-out activities; and creating financial surpluses from our own spaces. E.g. MHDT runs the Redmond Community Centre a hub which is host to a diverse range of activities/services providing self-generated income for MHDT.
- Influencing – through social impact reporting, theories of change, and social returns on investment MHDT is both influenced by its service users and influences policy makers and the powerful. We publish reports, hold impact events and promote our work on social media; MHDT has calculated a Social Return on Investment of £2.51 for every £1 invested.
- Organisation – MHDT has created a local resident led professional organisation by which community can be sustained in our challenging area. MHDT has established itself as a leading community vehicle in the north of Hackney.
MHDT has delivered many projects including:
- Manor House PACT - a £1million 3 year Big Lottery funded behaviour change project to mitigate climate change in an inner city area; PACT featured in the Big Lottery 20yr Celebratory Montage. It engaged 12,160 people, activated 400 volunteers, brought into use 2 derelict open spaces
- Half the Battle - MHDT worked with veterans charity SSAFA to create employment, training and volunteering
2) Social return on investment
Over the course of the year we estimate that our services have reached approximately 25,000 beneficiaries. Monitoring information shows that these people were extremely diverse with no group dominating.
Further extensive information on our major services are contained within a number of impact reports that we have published this year. These contain extensive information on our Social Outputs.
In addition, MHDT has carried out a Social Return on Investment which gave a return of £2.51 for every £1 invested. These can be found on our website.
3) Creating benefits for the community
MHDT works across the community providing holistic and 360 degrees of community benefit. It has developed sophisticated and extensive ways of measuring its social impact.
Examples of our Social Outcomes are found within our social impact reports.