100 years of social housing


Residents celebrate with family event at the Beacon

It has been 100 years since the inception of the Addison Act and the delivery of ‘Homes for Heroes’ after World War Two, which made the social housing that we see today a reality. To celebrate, residents attended a special event at the Beacon in North Prospect, which had something for all the family.

Throughout the day there was a fancy-dress competition where residents could dress from any of the previous 10 decades. To capture the day, PCH provided the opportunity for free family photography portraits for residents, while there was also the chance to make vintage sweets. PCH also hosted their garden open day, which features practical skills demonstrations, arts and crafts sessions, face-painting and an opportunity for families to explore the ancestry room.

Alice Potter, communities team manager, said: “It was such a fantastic day, and there was been so much to see and do for all different ages. We’re proud of social housing and the communities that it helps to create. We wanted to put on an event that people could enjoy but also focuses on the last 100 years. People’s fancy dress ideas were brilliant and it was so hard to choose a winner. All our staff put in so much effort and we wouldn’t have been able to run the event without their creative ideas and commitment.”

One resident who attended the event said: “It was a lovely day. I really enjoyed myself and I learnt quite a bit about social housing that I didn’t previously know. There was a lot to do; I had my picture taken, made some old sweets and looked at my ancestry. It was great to see all the kids dressed up from different years.”

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