SBHG celebrated its 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.
CEO Matt Campion said: “Today SBHG is part of the west London community and that is due to the many people who have played a part in our history. From the beginning of one home at 220 Hammersmith Grove, more than 15000 people now live in an SBHG home.
"We are using the anniversary to look forward with our Future 50 programme and have 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.
Our 50th anniversary event, at our head office, was also when we revealed our 2018 Young Local Heroes.
One winner was 17-year-old Simran Khan (pictured) who was commended for her dedication to helping her peers and teachers at college. At Uxbridge College, she is a role model to her fellow students because of her positive attitude and thoughtfulness.
SBHG chair Russell Caller said: “In a year where we are celebrating the past, we are of course looking to the future and this includes our Young Local Heroes. These are young people aged between 16 and 19 who make an outstanding contribution to the community – already!
“Young adults are not often considered when we think of selfless, inspiring volunteers. That does not mean they are any less deserving of being recognised and rewarded for their work and that’s why we set up Young Local Heroes.”
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.
Next weekend there will be a residents’ celebration event in Fulham.