50 years of NCHA

It’s 50 years since we delivered our first affordable home in Nottingham city.

Our stories

We celebrated the milestone with an event at the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery. An exhibition, film and book documented half a decade of achievements and helped share the stories of just some of the people who’ve been supported along the way.

You can take a look at the stories from the exhibition, watch the film and flick through the pages of the book on our 50th anniversary web pages.

Our history

From humble beginnings in Nottingham, we now work right across the East Midlands.

It began with the ambition of one man, Andrew Malone. In 1973, he single-handedly approached Nottingham City Council for a loan. Armed with a small grant from the charity Shelter and a promise to provide Nottingham with 100 affordable homes that year, the council agreed. Read more about our history.

Fundraising to tackle homelessness

As part of the anniversary our colleagues fundraised to support more people at risk of homelessness. They set themselves various active challenges, and collectively raised over £5,500 for Crisis.

A national charity, Crisis work directly with thousands of people every year, supporting them to rebuild their lives and out of homelessness for good. It’s an aim that aligns really well with our own ambitions, to provide good-quality, affordable housing solutions, and support residents to sustain long-term tenancies.

Helen Radia, Interim Director of Fundraising at Crisis, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to all the staff at NCHA for their amazing efforts and the fantastic amount raised. This will help us continue to support people who are facing homelessness across Great Britain, providing one-to-one coaching and advice to help them rebuild their lives and to find a safe, settled home.”

Take a look at photos from just a few of the fundraising events.

Supporting global environmental sustainability

NCHA’s Board of Trustees marked the half-centenary with a special contribution towards environmental sustainability. Collectively, they fundraised to plant a tree for every day we’ve been around; 18,262 trees!

The donated trees will be planted across the globe, aiding projects such as reforestation and protecting at-risk fruit tree species. NCHA’s contribution is predicted to remove more than 10,000 tonnes of CO2 from the environment over the trees’ lifetime. Read more about this fantastic project.

Looking to the future

As we enter our 51st year, environmental sustainability is at the heart of our next big project; the creation of a new community off Farnborough Road in Clifton, Nottingham.

A new mixed-use development has been designed by in-house architects Pelham, and will include a range of accommodation for older people and people with support needs, retain the existing sports facilities and provide a new head office for NCHA.

Take a look at the development’s plans.

More homes, great services and better lives

Paul Moat, Chief Executive of NCHA comments on the anniversary: “We’re so proud to be celebrating 50 years of NCHA. Our mission is to provide homes and support by people who care, and no matter what, we will stay true to our social purpose. In 50 years’ time, when we’re celebrating our centenary, I believe that we’ll still be doing what we’re doing now: delivering more homes, great services and better lives.”