A HOUSING association joined forces with Hampshire County Council (HCC) and other organisations to provide extra support for Basingstoke residents.

After its successful cost of living event in March, Sovereign held a drop-in event at Westside Community Centre where they gave residents advice on a number of topics. 

The housing association worked alongside representatives from Basingstoke Citizen’s Advice Bureau, HCC and the Westside Community Food Pantry. 

Sarah Fordham, community investment and partnership manager at Sovereign, said: “We’re keen to forge partnerships with like-minded organisations wherever we can to ensure that we maximise the support that is available to our customers and those in our communities.

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“The feedback from this event has once again been very positive. This tells us that we’re right to be partnering with others who share our commitment to help the most vulnerable in our communities and change people’s lives for the better.” 

Residents received guidance on the bedroom tax, claiming housing benefits, pension credit, employment, training opportunities and energy bills.

They also had the chance to find out more about the council’s ‘Hitting the Cold Spot’ programme which promotes ways to keep warm and healthy.

Over the last year, Sovereign has worked with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to support the roll-out of the UK Government’s Household Support Fund.

Last year, the housing association also launched a £3m customer support fund to provide targeted support. 

This is on track to complete 1,500 new affordable homes this year, with a preference to deliver homes for social rent.