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Press & Media Features & Contributions 

2018 

'Empty Homes' - ITV West Country 

ACH have been working with Bristol City Council to fill empty homes in the city. ITV West Country filmed a story about one of our tenants, Ahmed, and interviewed our Housing Manager Saed. Hear Ahmed's story and about how ACH are helping to house the homeless in Bristol. 
 
Aired on ITV West Country 12/03/2018. 

'More than a roof' - Up Our Street 

Published on 21/02/2018 in Up Our Street Spring 2018 edition.  

'First partners selected for SETsquared’s pioneering diversity and inclusion research project' - Bristol Business News 

Bristol’s SETsquared incubator has chosen Ashley Community Housing and Up Our Street as research partners for its innovative upcoming diversity and inclusion research project. 
 
The project aims to improve and increase the inclusion and representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) business founders applying to the incubator. 
 
 
Published on 09/02/2018 by the Bristol Business News.  

'Diversity Works' - NatWest Content Live 

Could looking to the UK's immigrant and refugee populations help businesses enhance the diversity of their workforces? We spoke to Monder Ram, professor at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME); and Fuad Mahamed, CEO of Ashley Community Housing, who arrived in this country as a refugee and pointed out that the advantages of an ethnically diverse workplace extend to hiring refugees too. 

'Why a ten year plan?' - 24housing 

'At the heart of the 10 year plan was a ‘eureka’ moment, where I realised so much of the work I had been involved in was creating marginalisation and then perpetuating it.' 
 
Richard Thickpenny, Business Development Manager for ACH, talks through his ideas behind creating a 10 year business plan.  
 
Published on 28/02/2018 by 24housing.  

'SETSquared Bristol launches BAME diversity and inclusion project' - Bristol 24/7 

SETsquared Bristol, a tech business accelerator based at the Engine Shed, has partnered with Ashley Community Housing (ACH) and Up Our Street (UOS) to identify barriers faced by BAME communities and help break them down, to ensure those with the right skills get the support required. 
 
Director Abdi Mohamed said: “This is a great initiative because it will give us an opportunity to explore the skills and experience that the BAME community can offer the high tech industry in Bristol, along with the challenges they face.” 
 
Published on 19/02/2018 by Bristol 24/7.  

'Inside the abandoned Bristol homes which have been transformed and put back into use' - Bristol Post  

This is how empty properties in parts of Bristol have been brought back into use by charities and social enterprises. Six homes have been leased to the organisations by Bristol City Council after they were purchased in the 1960s and 70s - and some have been empty for around two years. Mostly terraced houses, many were in need of complete renovation and refurbishment, having fallen into disrepair in recent years. Among those taking on the projects include Ashley Community Housing and 1625 Independent People. 
 
 
Published on 23/01/2018 by the Bristol Post.  

'Pieces of the Housing Jigsaw' - Inside Handsworth 

Inside Handsworth have published a feature article on the work of Ashley Community Housing (specifically focusing on the Handsworth area).  
 
Find out about the history of the company, how we are helping refugees and more information on the housing we provide.  
 
Published on 03/01/2018 on Inside Handsworth website. 
2017 

'Bristol's Ashley Community Housing wins prestigious National Business Award' - Bristol 24/7 

A social enterprise that works to resettle refugees within Bristol’s communities has received a prestigious Lloyds Bank National Business Award. Ashley Community Housing won the title for the positive social impact it has on the city and beyond. 
 
“One piece of advice I would give people starting a business today is follow your ambitions and follow your dreams and set achievable goals,” said Jeff Greenidge, Director of Himilo training for Ashley Community Housing, on receiving the award. 
 
Published on 22/11/17 on Bristol 24/7 website. 

'Refugee settlement organisation with office in Bristol scoops national award' - SouthWestBusiness 

'Refugee resettlement service Ashley Community Housing, which has an office in Bristol, was among the list of winners [at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards], scooping the Social Impact Award in recognition of its work.' 
 
Published on 15/11/17 on SouthWestBusiness website. 

Good Ideas: #rethinkingrefugee  - Cities of Migration 

'ACH works across an integration continuum to help refugees become self-sufficient contributors to the local economy and community. Employment supports and economic opportunity are at the core of their approach. In their experience, refugees quickly become independent and self-reliant with a limited amount of targeted support.' 
 
Published on 31/10/17 on Cities of Migration website. 

'#RethinkingRefugee – how housing associations can empower and integrate refugee tenants'  - 24housing 

When I arrived in the UK as a refugee 20 years ago I found a lot of goodwill, but a system which was fragmented and lacking focus on long-term integration.  
 
Our CEO, Fuad Mahamed, blogs for 24housing on how Housing Associations can empower and integrate refugee tenants. This blog was published on 03/10/17. 

Renovating Bristol's empty homes for refugees  - Bristol 24/7 

Ashley Community Housing have been working with Bristol City Council. 
 
Properties standing empty and dilapidated in Bristol have been brought back to life to provide badly-needed homes for refugees in the city. 
 
Article in Bristol 24/7 on 14/09/2017. 

'Refugee homes funded by £1m ethical investment' - 24housing 

A new funding model to help refugees across the UK has been introduced by Ashley Community Housing. 
 
ACH differs from many Housing Associations in that it currently works on a leasehold model, leasing residential properties from private landlords and local Councils in order to be able to quickly react to need... 

'Challenging perceptions of refugees will help us to make a difference.' - Chartered Institute of Housing blog 

We were pleased to be asked to write a blog for the Chartered Institute of Housing about our #rethinkingrefugee campaign. This blog was published on 05/06/17. 

Unaccompanied children: compassionately investing in our future - 24housing 

Children by their very nature need love, care and protection. Lord Alf Dub’s amendment to the immigration act, which ensured Theresa May’s government let in the most vulnerable people from countries such as Syria, was a firm step in the right direction. 

'Bristol-based Ashley Community Housing wins prestigious National Business Award' - BroadcastExchange 

A short video of Jeff, Julia and Marghoob receiving the Positive Social Impact award at the Lloyds Bank National Business awards 2017.  
 
Published on 15/11/17 on YouTube. 

'The Housing Association Changing Refugees Lives'  - The Voice 

'Refugees from several African nations spoke highly of a housing association whose offering of accommodation and support work has helped them rebuild their lives.' 
 
Published on 6/11/2017 on the Voice Online.  

Ashley Community Housing work with Bristol City Council to fill empty properties - BBC Points West 

Ashley Community Housing is working with Bristol City Council to provide an innovative solution to housing refugees in the city. 
 
Bristol City Council has agreed to lease three properties to ACH so that they can be used for move on accommodation as part of their refugee resettlement programme. All three properties required extensive repair and refurbishment and the cost of this was funded by ACH. In return, the Council agreed to grant leases for 10 years at peppercorn rents in order that ACH could fund the repair work. First aired 21/09/2017 on BBC Points West. 

'Thank you for reuniting me with my family'  - Bristol 24/7 

ACH have been working with Bristol City Council to fill empty homes in the city. Hussan tells his story. 
 
“There is a huge problem with homelessness in Bristol and, in particular, people who are refugees,” says Said Mohamed, housing manager for ACH. 
 
“We accommodate single homeless people in shared accommodation. We have been finding it difficult getting properties, mainly because we rely on long term leases from landlords, but with the current market and a shortage of housing, it meant we could not house as many people as we want to." 
 
Article in Bristol 24/7 on 21/09/2017 

Bristol businesses shortlisted for Lloyds national awards - The Bristol Magazine 

Ashley Community Housing have been shortlisted for the Positive Social Impact award in the Lloyds National Business Awards 2017. 
 
Article in The Bristol Magazine 24/07/17. 

A refugee tale: ‘My second family’ - 24housing 

Housing providers have for a long time helped those in most need, from those who are homeless to those with mental health issues. Now refugees are needing the same help. 

The importance of language lessons to refugee integration - BBC Points West 

'Not business as usual' - The Bristol Cable 

New year, new media coverage forACH! 
We were featured in the Bristol Cable on 13/01/17. 
 
"Another short swerve off Stapleton Road, based at the Easton Business Centre, is refugee support organisation Ashley Community Housing (ACH). Its CEO Fuad Mahamed points to the Sweet Mart as an example of a successful business started from the ground up, and proof that refugees and other newly arrived migrants to the city are an untapped resource. " 
2016 
Ashley Community Housing call for landlords - BBC Points West interview 7/11/16 via Youtube 
24housing 
24Housing article on refugees
Changing perceptions to reach more landlords 
Our CEO outlines our approach to reaching more landlords by challenging refugee perception. 
 
We’re currently facing the most serious refugee crisis in the last twenty years, with the highest number of displaced people since World War Two. Ashley Community Housing was established in 2008 with an aim to support these people by offering them affordable housing along with training and education so they can become integrated into society. Our housing model works by leasing properties from local landlords. 
The Bristol Wire  
The Bristol Post recently reported that thirteen pupils from St Bede’s Catholic College had been invited to join Mensa after scoring highly on IQ tests which firmly placed them in the category of ‘genius’. Bristol has its fair share of talented pupils yet, by only encountering images of the city’s brainiest pupils in the media, it can be easy to forget about pupils who continue to fall through the cracks in Bristol’s educational system. Digging a little deeper into the 2016 collective results table reveals that schools in Bristol are struggling. For every carefully selected and positioned statistic there are figures that we don’t see which show that Bristol schools are predominantly failing pupils from inner-city areas. 
Big Centre TV  
 
"4th April 2016. Each year - around 4000 refugees will be settled in towns and cities up and down the country. To support this - a West Midlands based community housing group are launching a new campaign - in a bid to steer away from any stereotypes surrounding these people in need. Roshni Patel has this report." 
 
2015 
Bradley Stoke Radio 
"Clive talks to Tom, Naomi and Rachel (Ashley Community Housing (ACH), Support Workers), during The Monday Community Show. They talk about how ACH support the settlement and resettlement needs of refugees, vulnerable homeless and other displaced people in the Bristol area. If you would like further information, please visit their website: http://www.ashleyhousing.com/" 
 
Also featured on: 
 
- BBC Radio Bristol 
- SAM FM 
- Bristol Post 
- Migrant Rights 
Media Contact: 
 
For all media enquiries relating to our operations in Bristol, Birmingham or Wolverhampton please contact: Matthew Rogers, Marketing & Communications Officer Email: matthew.rogers@ashleyhousing.com / Tel: 0117 954 0433.