John's built solid foundations for 20 years of success

For the last 20 years John Grosvenor has dedicated his working life to supporting neighbourhoods and making a difference to people and families.

He has marked two decades working for SSHA, having worked for the organisation since a vote by tenants of South Staffordshire Council saw the housing stock transfer to the newly-created housing association.

Today, 50-year-old John Grosvenor supervises the award-winning Home MOT team. In 1997 he was employed as a bricklayer with SSHA. “I joined the council just three months before the start of the new housing association and remember people being excited about all the changes taking place,” he said. “The time has gone so quickly – I’ve got a 24-year-old son who was a toddler when SSHA began.

“I’ve been so grateful to have the opportunity to learn new skills over the years and it feels good to make a difference to a community.”

John now works for Property Plus, which along with SSHA is part of Housing Plus Group. Over the coming months he will also be helping colleagues expand the MOT programme which has already been successfully rolled out in Staffordshire as part of the Fair Landlord campaign.

Over the next five years all our homes in Shropshire will benefit from the introduction of this new programme. When the team arrives at a home they have a checklist of work that might need to be done including gutter cleaning and repair, fence repairs and external window paintwork. Jobs done as part of their checklist will no longer be carried out as routine repairs.

“It has made such a difference in Staffordshire,” explained John who has raised thousands of pounds for charity by running four London Marathons.” It helps make people take real pride in their homes. I’ll always remember one person who after we did some work on his home he even started sweeping the road outside.

“I’ll be offering help and advice to colleagues in Shropshire and I’m really excited about seeing the difference it makes there.

Neighbourhoods director Jan Goode reflected on two decades of change for SSHA, its customers and the wider housing sector:

“We have achieved so much in terms of creating an additional 1,000 homes in South Staffordshire, delivering care and support for older people and hugely increasing the amount that we invest in home improvements. Between 1997 and 2002 we spent a total of £10m improving our homes – now we spend that amount every year installing new kitchens and bathrooms, fitting energy-saving boilers and carrying out the very popular home MOT service.

“The changes that have taken place during the history of SSHA include a huge rise in property prices, creating a pressing need for affordable housing to sustain local communities. Welfare reform is having a big impact, too. We have been supporting customers through changes brought about by the bedroom tax and the introduction of Universal Credit.

“One of the most far-reaching transformations for us, of course, was our merger with Severnside Housing in October 2016. As part of the new Housing Plus Group, we begin the next decade determined to make a difference to customers and communities across Staffordshire and Shropshire.”
 

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