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.

  • 2014
    1997

    Celebrating over 1000 homes in management.

    Handover of Sycamore Court from Anchor, new Manchester area.

  • 2013
    2013-1

    Pioneers recognised in plaque ceremony

    On 13th August 2013, Arawak Walton Housing Association celebrated the pioneering achievements of its founder members by unveiling a plaque at the Association’s head office.
    The plaque features the names of the founder members of Arawak and Walton Housing Associations and was unveiled by one of the founding members, Mrs Eloise Edwards.

  • 2013-2

    Evelyn Asante-Mensah becomes Chair. 953 units

    • Evelyn Asante-Mensah becomes Chair.
    • We appoint our very first Apprentice.

  • 2012
    2012

    Tenant stories video launched

    The video tells the stories of many of our residents who we have housed over the past year. Their stories confirm what it means to become a tenant of Arawak Walton. We are so proud of the work our staff do and how it changes peoples’ lives for the better.

  • 2012-2

    Opening of Birch Court. 947 units

    Grand opening of a newly refurbished Sheltered Scheme, Birch Court, by the Lord Mayor.

  • 2011
    2011

    Our local offer launched

    The aim of the local offer is to move Associations towards co-regulation’ where the expectations are set centrally and interpreted in more detail at association and tenant level.
    Read our local offer from April 2011

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