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.

Cool Timeline

2009
February 11

New properties and homes handed over in new areas. 846 units

New properties and homes handed over in new areas. 846 units
• New properties on Golborne Avenue. • 2 big family homes in Withington (new area) are handed over to tenants.
February 4

Tenants Quality Panel established. 842 units

Tenants Quality Panel established. 842 units
We established a tenants quality panel to ensure our standards are high and the tenants considerations are taken into account.
2007
January 8

Our turnover tips over £3m. 826 units

Our turnover tips over £3m. 826 units
Our tenant satisfaction survey confirms improved satisfaction rates in all areas with percentages in the top national quartile levels. We become BME lead RSL in Stockport...Read More
2006
April 3

Andrew Forbes takes over as Chair. 816 units

Andrew Forbes takes over as Chair. 816 units
• Andrew Forbes takes over as Chair. • We win Charter Mark for third time. • We hold our first tenants’ consultation event. • We appoint..Read More
2005
March 1

Our largest allocation to date 59 units taking us to 800 units

Value For Money
10 years since the merger. Our largest allocation to date, St Gregory’s School, a mixed development of 49 units is completed in the year. We are..Read More
2003
April 1

New chair appointed, Cheetham Hill development completed. 765 units

New chair appointed, Cheetham Hill development completed. 765 units
• Winsome Brown becomes new Chair. • First new development in Cheetham Hill is completed, the scheme is opened by Lord Mayor, Councillor Roy Walters. •..Read More
2002
February 3

Turnover tips over £2.2m with an asset base of £27m

Turnover tips over £2.2m with an asset base of £27m
• Turnover tips over £2.2m with an asset base of £27m • First allocation in a new area • Cheetham Hill will see 14 homes being..Read More
2001
July 9

Bougainvillea celebrates 10 year anniversary. 669 units

Bougainvillea celebrates 10 year anniversary. 669 units
Bougainvillea Gardens is 10 years old. Visitors from Jamaica and the Yukon territory, Canada!
2000
January 10

Largest development allocation in Manchester. 620 units

Largest development allocation in Manchester. 620 units
Largest development allocation in Manchester, St Gregory’s School site will see 49 homes built with £2.8m allocation of Grant using green construction methods.
1999
October 12

Purchase of 149 properties and Charter mark award for excellence. 603 units

Purchase of 149 properties and Charter mark award for excellence. 603 units
• Arranged £7m loan facility to buy 149 properties. • The four BME RSLs hold their first joint annual conference. • We win Charter Mark, an..Read More

Cool Timeline

2009
February 11

New properties and homes handed over in new areas. 846 units

New properties and homes handed over in new areas. 846 units
• New properties on Golborne Avenue. • 2 big family homes in Withington (new area) are handed over to tenants.
February 4

Tenants Quality Panel established. 842 units

Tenants Quality Panel established. 842 units
We established a tenants quality panel to ensure our standards are high and the tenants considerations are taken into account.
2007
January 8

Our turnover tips over £3m. 826 units

Our turnover tips over £3m. 826 units
Our tenant satisfaction survey confirms improved satisfaction rates in all areas with percentages in the top national quartile levels. We become BME lead RSL in Stockport...Read More
2006
April 3

Andrew Forbes takes over as Chair. 816 units

Andrew Forbes takes over as Chair. 816 units
• Andrew Forbes takes over as Chair. • We win Charter Mark for third time. • We hold our first tenants’ consultation event. • We appoint..Read More
2005
March 1

Our largest allocation to date 59 units taking us to 800 units

Value For Money
10 years since the merger. Our largest allocation to date, St Gregory’s School, a mixed development of 49 units is completed in the year. We are..Read More
2003
April 1

New chair appointed, Cheetham Hill development completed. 765 units

New chair appointed, Cheetham Hill development completed. 765 units
• Winsome Brown becomes new Chair. • First new development in Cheetham Hill is completed, the scheme is opened by Lord Mayor, Councillor Roy Walters. •..Read More
2002
February 3

Turnover tips over £2.2m with an asset base of £27m

Turnover tips over £2.2m with an asset base of £27m
• Turnover tips over £2.2m with an asset base of £27m • First allocation in a new area • Cheetham Hill will see 14 homes being..Read More
2001
July 9

Bougainvillea celebrates 10 year anniversary. 669 units

Bougainvillea celebrates 10 year anniversary. 669 units
Bougainvillea Gardens is 10 years old. Visitors from Jamaica and the Yukon territory, Canada!
2000
January 10

Largest development allocation in Manchester. 620 units

Largest development allocation in Manchester. 620 units
Largest development allocation in Manchester, St Gregory’s School site will see 49 homes built with £2.8m allocation of Grant using green construction methods.
1999
October 12

Purchase of 149 properties and Charter mark award for excellence. 603 units

Purchase of 149 properties and Charter mark award for excellence. 603 units
• Arranged £7m loan facility to buy 149 properties. • The four BME RSLs hold their first joint annual conference. • We win Charter Mark, an..Read More