Futures doesn't work in a bubble. We partner with countless organisations to help provide great homes and to support our customers to live well. This includes local authorities, construction companies, suppliers, other charities and many more. We feature just a few of their stories here to illustrate how they have helped us on our journey.

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Together in Amber Valley

Head of Housing Services at Amber Valley Borough Council, David Arkle, is one of our key partners who sees first-hand how close working can benefit communities.

Our work with the Council covers a wide range of services and needs – from dealing with homelessness
and allocating affordable homes through to community safety and suppling aids and adaptations for people with special needs. This brings a huge range of daily challenges as well as opportunities.

David is particularly proud of a joint project between Futures, the Council and two bowls clubs to transform some old and unused tennis courts in Heanor. The partnership has taken this under-used site to create six new two- and three-bedroomed homes for affordable rent and shared ownership, plus an attractive and well-equipped new pavilion for the clubs and community events. 

Our strong relationship with the Council also came to the fore in the early stages of the Covid-19
outbreak. Futures stepped in within a matter of days to give the Council access to a two-bedroom
house for emergency use by rough sleepers who needed to self-isolate. Futures also prioritised work
to prepare empty homes in the borough so that new residents could move in safely to temporary
accommodation during the crisis.

David believes that it’s in demanding situations like this that partnerships really matter. Agencies
need to be around the table together and be willing to act as critical friends to each other – openly
recognising the balance of commercial necessity and community needs.

The Council is keen to carry on supporting Futures’ homebuilding – helping to shape bids, secure
sites and diversify the types of homes developed for different people’s needs. With demand for
affordable homes in the borough as high as ever, expanding this new supply has never been more
important. It’s a mutually beneficial and productive connection that ultimately delivers to meet the
needs of the community.

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Supporting local schools

In 2021 our apprentices went the extra mile to create a new outdoor learning area for pupils at Somerlea Park junior and infant schools in Alfreton. As well as working closely with the school itself, our partners at Travis Perkins donated the materials we needed to bring this project to life. Read more about this great scheme on our main website