Trust looks to build on its current standards

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North Tyneside-based social housing provider the Square Building Trust is looking to the future following its 88th annual AGM.

“Our core values of integrity, openness, justice and prudence remain at the forefront of everything we do, and we will remain true to our roots – providing people with homes that they want, in neighbourhoods where they want to live.” The Trust aims to increase engagement with tenants, ensure that vacant properties are let effectively, address equality and diversity issues, and increase the number of homes available.

Jeannie McMillan, Bernicia; with Keith Armstrong, SBT Treasurer; Bill Southern, SBT Chairman; and Peter Matthew, SBT Vice Chairman.

Jeannie McMillan, Bernicia; with Keith Armstrong, SBT Treasurer; Bill Southern, SBT Chairman; and Peter Matthew, SBT Vice Chairman.

Having appointed Bernicia back in 2014, the Trust will now look to strengthen this relationship, working with the provider to explore opportunities to deliver a range of high quality, affordable housing which will continue to meet the needs of local people.

Jeannie McMillan, Director of Housing Services at Bernicia, said: “We share Square Building Trust’s desire to be a social landlord of choice, and to provide high-quality homes which appeal to people in the area. We’re confident that we can help the trust to meet its ambitions, plans and objectives to grow and prosper.”

The trust was established in 1929 after members of the Sunday afternoon bible class at the church in Northumberland Square, North Shields (now St Columba’s), which raised £2,000 in just one week in order to address the on-going housing crisis that was affecting families across the borough at the time.

For more information about the Square Building Trust, please visit www.squarebuildingtrust.co.uk.