In July 2018, we celebrated our 50th birthday with celebrations bringing back together organisations and people who have shaped where we are today. Our founder the Rev John Asbridge, now aged 92, returned to tell of how anger at terrible conditions in which his parishioners lived galvanised him and others members of St Stephen’s Church in Shepherds Bush to create Shepherds Bush Housing Group. The anniversary celebrations provided an opportunity to look forward with our Future 50 programme and ambitious targets to offer more affordable homes and improved services which continue to support our west London community. Guests included Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter, councillors from Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow, other housing associations and local organisations who build the community. We also welcomed back past chairs and staff as well as past board members and Resident Voice. We also revealed our 2018 Young Local Heroes. These are young people aged between 16 and 19 who make an outstanding contribution to the community. The award was presented by the daughters of Elizabeth Barnes, one of our founders after whom Elizabeth Barnes Court in Fulham – sheltered accommodation for elderly people – is named.