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

1998
April 2

New CEO Cym D’Souza appointed — 555 units

New CEO Cym D’Souza appointed — 555 units
Barbara Quarless, first director leaves and Cym D’Souza appointed, the start of a new era.
1997
June 2

500 units in management

500 units in management
June 1997, 500 homes in management
1996
January 1

10 year plan set through to 2006

An organisational review, new business plan and corporate strategy sets the scene for growth to the year 2006.
1995
October 19

Arawak Walton Housing Association manages first properties in Trafford — 379 units

Arawak Walton Housing Association manages first properties in Trafford — 379 units
The Association manages its first properties in Trafford (Sinderland Road, Altrincham) and purchases its first shared ownership scheme, (Crammond Close, Newton Heath)
1994
March 11

Arawak Housing Merges with Walton Housing totaling 221 units

Arawak Housing Merges with Walton Housing totaling 221 units
Merger of Arawak Housing with Walton Housing Association increases stock by 98 properties of various types and sizes. Walton Housing — 98 units with addition of..Read More
1993
February 18

Arawak Housing — 65 units

Arawak Housing — 65 units
The Association buys 13 houses in Whalley Range under the Housing Market Package initiative.
1992
August 5

Walton Housing — 65 units

Walton Housing — 65 units
With the addition of 26 units at Mary Seacole Gardens. Arawak Housing — Antilles Close is completed — 52 units Antilles Close is handed over (a..Read More
1991
September 12

Walton Housing — employs two members of staff

Walton Housing — employs two members of staff
Walton Housing Association employs 2 members of staff Wilberforce Johnson — full time Housing Officer, and Sandra McKenzie — full time Administrator.
May 9

Arawak Housing — Bougainvillea Gardens completed — 32 units

Arawak Housing — Bougainvillea Gardens completed — 32 units
Bougainvillea Gardens is handed over and the first tenants move in.
1990
July 4

Arawak Housing appoints first Board Director

Arawak Housing appoints first Board Director
The Board appointed its first Director, Barbara Quarless and a Warden for Bougainvillea Gardens (a sheltered housing scheme), Jackie Hanchard. Walton Housing — 39 units With..Read More

Cool Timeline

1998
April 2

New CEO Cym D’Souza appointed — 555 units

New CEO Cym D’Souza appointed — 555 units
Barbara Quarless, first director leaves and Cym D’Souza appointed, the start of a new era.
1997
June 2

500 units in management

500 units in management
June 1997, 500 homes in management
1996
January 1

10 year plan set through to 2006

An organisational review, new business plan and corporate strategy sets the scene for growth to the year 2006.
1995
October 19

Arawak Walton Housing Association manages first properties in Trafford — 379 units

Arawak Walton Housing Association manages first properties in Trafford — 379 units
The Association manages its first properties in Trafford (Sinderland Road, Altrincham) and purchases its first shared ownership scheme, (Crammond Close, Newton Heath)
1994
March 11

Arawak Housing Merges with Walton Housing totaling 221 units

Arawak Housing Merges with Walton Housing totaling 221 units
Merger of Arawak Housing with Walton Housing Association increases stock by 98 properties of various types and sizes. Walton Housing — 98 units with addition of..Read More
1993
February 18

Arawak Housing — 65 units

Arawak Housing — 65 units
The Association buys 13 houses in Whalley Range under the Housing Market Package initiative.
1992
August 5

Walton Housing — 65 units

Walton Housing — 65 units
With the addition of 26 units at Mary Seacole Gardens. Arawak Housing — Antilles Close is completed — 52 units Antilles Close is handed over (a..Read More
1991
September 12

Walton Housing — employs two members of staff

Walton Housing — employs two members of staff
Walton Housing Association employs 2 members of staff Wilberforce Johnson — full time Housing Officer, and Sandra McKenzie — full time Administrator.
May 9

Arawak Housing — Bougainvillea Gardens completed — 32 units

Arawak Housing — Bougainvillea Gardens completed — 32 units
Bougainvillea Gardens is handed over and the first tenants move in.
1990
July 4

Arawak Housing appoints first Board Director

Arawak Housing appoints first Board Director
The Board appointed its first Director, Barbara Quarless and a Warden for Bougainvillea Gardens (a sheltered housing scheme), Jackie Hanchard. Walton Housing — 39 units With..Read More