Novus breathes new life into community space

Novus Property Solutions and DCH - Foxfield Community House

Novus Property Solutions has played a vital role in refurbishing a community space to create a central hub for the residents of a Plymouth housing association.

The national property maintenance company, which has offices across the south west, worked closely with DCH to refresh Foxfield Community House. It now provides residents with a central place to meet new people, get involved in groups and activities and access support.

The team from Novus’ Plymouth office worked tirelessly over the course of two weeks to redecorate the main communal lounge and outer areas as well as installing work benches for the new IT equipment. All the paint and equipment used including the new work benches were donated to the project by Novus as part of its ongoing commitment to corporate and social responsibility.

Jackie Blight, DCH community development worker, said: “We are so pleased to be able to hand the community house back for the use of everyone in the community. I’d like to give a big thank you to Novus for their involvement and enthusiasm throughout the project. We have had lots of ideas from the community for the use of the space and are excited about putting them in place.”

Mark Noad, strategic operations manager for Novus, added: “Making a positive difference to the communities in which we work is something which is incredibly important to us as a responsible business. We’ve worked hard to put partnership community work at the very heart of our business and were pleased to work with DCH on this project to deliver a community house at Foxfield. Our driving force remains being able to give something back to the communities we come into contact with and minimise the impact our activities have on wider communities.”

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Notes to Editors

About DCH:

DCH (formerly Devon & Cornwall Housing) is a growing and developing affordable housing business that is valued by our customers; investing in new and existing homes that people want to live in, strengthening communities that will be sustainable into the future, and improving prospects and opportunities for people across our areas of work.

As part of its commitment to investing in communities DCH will be doubling its existing financial investment in communities across Devon and Cornwall to up to £2million per year over the next five years. This builds on the success of the past 20 years of work in communities by DCH.

We are one of the largest developers of affordable housing nationally, managing more than 21,500 homes.  We have developed over 2,450 affordable new homes in the last four years and have a pipeline development programme up to 2019 of a further 3,500 homes for rent, shared equity and outright sale.

DCH employs over 850 staff, including 10 apprentices directly employed and supported.


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