Our History

A little history about Arawak Walton Housing Association

Our roots are steeped in history. Arawak is named after the Arawak Indians who travelled from their homes in South America to the Caribbean islands and who are symbolised on Jamaica’s coat of arms.

However, it was Walton Housing Association that started the original journey in 1978, in the home of the Nello James Centre in Whalley Range. It organised a range of activities in support of the local African Caribbean community, including a day nursery, advice centre, educational support, social groups and housing support. By 1990 Walton Housing Association had 65 homes in the area.

In answer to the Moss Side riots, Arawak Housing Association was created thanks to the vision of the inspirational Louise DaCocodia, who with a group of friends was passionate about satisfying the housing needs of the maturing African Caribbean Community. In 1987 Arawak Housing Association registered with the Housing Corporation and appointed Louise as its first chair. Anchor Housing Association supported the association initially to develop a sheltered housing scheme, Bougainvillea Gardens in Longsight.

In 1994, Arawak merged with Walton Housing Association to become Arawak Walton Housing Association. The association has grown and prospered over the years by offering an excellent, culturally sensitive and personal service to its very diverse residents.

With its roots in the African-Caribbean community, Arawak Walton continues the work of its founders in contributing to local regeneration activities and continues its commitment to tackling social deprivation. The Association also works with partner agencies to improve community cohesion by creating sustainable, multicultural neighbourhoods.

Timeline

2020
February 25

Larger families homelessness project

Larger families homelessness project
This is the 4th of the 5 properties we have agreed to deliver through our collaboration project with Manchester’ City Council on the larger families’ homelessness project.
2019
October 16

Demesne Road Renovations

Demesne Road Renovations
Arawak Walton purchased 5 flats at 15 Demesne Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 5HG and carried out extensive renovations in order to modernise the properties. These renovations were complete and the properties let to people on our waiting list by October.
July 8

We were awarded Gold

We were awarded Gold
We are delighted to announce that following our first Investors In People assessment, we have been awarded GOLD!
June 24

We acquired 25 new properties

We acquired 25 new properties
We completed the purchase of 25 properties from our partners, Jigsaw Homes. We will start renovating these and once ready they will be offered o those on our waiting list.
2018
May 14

Arawak Walton Awarded Compliance Plus

Arawak Walton Awarded Compliance Plus
We are pleased to announce that Arawak Walton have been accredited the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) award for another year running, and were also awarded CSE compliance plus for demonstrating our partnership working with the Boaz Trust to meet customer needs.      
2017
August 24

25 Manor Street

25 Manor Street
As Arawak Walton was growing so was our work force and our current office was starting to become overcrowded. In 2017 Arawak Walton had the opportunity to purchase the building next door to our original office for a competitive price.
April 21

Arawak Walton reaches over 1,000 homes

Arawak Walton reaches over 1,000 homes
Arawak Walton moved into mainstream regulation in 2016 after passing the 1,000 homes threshold which means we are now rigorously assessed by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). After an in depth assessment in 2017 the association was awarded the top rating of G1/V1.
2016
December 4

Launch of our new Website

Launch of our new Website
Arawak Walton launched our new website which was more professional, informative and modern. This new website also allowed our tenants to access their rent account via our new online tenant portal.
June 1

Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships
As part of our mission to support and promote the communities we work in, we have formed a partnership with local community group Youth on Solid Ground, an organisation committed to improving the life, opportunities, health and wellbeing of children, young people and our wider community. We also in 2016..Read More
2015
February 20

Our Chair and Chief Executive recognition for their work

Our Chair and Chief Executive recognition for their work
Our Chair and Chief Executive have both been recognised for their commitment to improving homes and communities. Our Chair, Evelyn Asante-Mensah was recognised with the Change Maker in the Community Award and our Chief Executive, Cym D’Souza was ranked 28th in the 24Housing Power Players top 50 list which recognises..Read More