We’re Abri, a housing provider based in the south of England. One of the largest in fact. We’ve got 35,000 homes and 100,000 residents living in them.
We exist to create thriving communities and empower lives. It’s our central mission and one we fully believe in. It’s what drives us.
We build, own, look after and sell homes that people can afford. Including homes for affordable and social rent. And homes to buy through things like Shared Ownership and Help to Buy. We also have houses for market rent and sale too. We know that more homes are still needed so we’ll carry on building more homes where they’re needed most, averaging more than 1,000 a year.
And that’s not the half of it… We’re a not-for-profit – that means we reinvest any money we make straight back into building more homes and helping out in communities.
March’s Community Hour – Shared Ownership
On 29 March 2023, Craig Chalmers (Press and External Affairs Assistant) chatted to Stuart Hensby (Associate Director of Sales and Marketing) all about Shared Ownership. Here’s some top resources mentioned by Stuart:
- Abri Homes website – browse our properties, find out how to apply, and get lots of handy tips on the Shared Ownership process
- The Government’s Shared Ownership site
Don’t forget, the Abri Homes team are here to help! You can get in touch any time, here.
Supporting the local community
It’s not just about building homes. It’s about building great communities.
Our customers and their communities are at the heart of everything we do. We’re strong believers in the fact that people usually know what’s best for them and their community. So we’re guided by what they tell us they want to see happen in their neighbourhood.
Community initiatives in and around Southampton
- Our community café in Mansbridge, Round About Café, runs services and activities for the local community. This could be anything from sewing lessons, singing clubs or healthy living courses.
- Round About Café is also home to a community pantry that helps customers to buy food at a fraction of the cost. The pantry is a membership-based scheme, with an annual £1 fee. Once you’ve joined, you will be able to access food and some household goods once a week. Find out more and sign up for the pantry here.
- We also support Café Revive in Millbrook, a hub providing services and goods for local residents.
- The Good Grub Club tackles food inequality and social isolation by bringing families together during half term. Families are encouraged to try cooking ‘good grub’ at lower costs whilst taking part in fun activities.
Cost of living support
- We’ve created a dedicated Cost of Living hub, designed to help you save money on your bills and make sure you’re getting all the support you’re entitled to. The site contains specific information for Abri customers, as well as generic advice such as how to save on your energy bills.
Abri’s employment service
- Our employment service helps people gain the confidence and skills to find a job, start their own business or get the training and support they need to make the next steps to greater financial security and independence. You The service is available to all, whether you live in an Abri home or not.
- Through our externally funded initiative ‘Project UP (Unlimited Potential)’ we run a fortnightly job club from Wells Place Centre, Wells Place, Eastleigh (currently running until June 2023). This is aimed at helping anyone that is unemployed or economically inactive and provides access to one-to-one employment support.
- Get in touch with our Employment Service here.
Working at Abri
Have you ever considered a career in housing? There’s much more to it than bricks and mortar. From customer facing roles and trade jobs to community investment and asset management – there’s a wide range of opportunities at Abri.
Whatever your role, what brings us together is our passion and our values. We think we can make a real difference. We want to give people the chance to dream big and be who they want to be. Homes are at the heart of everybody’s lives. And we exist to help make good homes, and good lives a reality for everyone.
At Abri, we’re committed to building a more inclusive and diverse workplace. We want Abri to be a place where everyone feels they belong, while having a bit of fun too. Our policies on EDI, Respect at Work, Gender Reassignment and Domestic Abuse set out the framework to make this possible. And our “Elephant in the room” series provides a safe space for colleagues to reach out and share their experiences on traditionally ‘off-limit’ topics such as menopause, anxiety and bereavement. We also hold listening groups and get together to talk about subjects like barriers to progression, “banter”, race, and mental health.
View our full list of vacancies, and find out what it’s like to work at Abri, here.
Find out more
To find out more about Abri and the services we provide, visit www.abri.co.uk or contact us on [email protected]
Abri and Abri Homes are trading names of Abri Group Limited (a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, no. 8537 and a charitable registered provider with the Regulator of Social Housing no. L4172) and The Swaythling Housing Society Limited (a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 no. 10237R and a registered provider with the Regulator of Social Housing no. L0689). Registered office: Collins House, Bishopstoke Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 6AD.
Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
The Swaythling Housing Society Limited provides management services for subsidiaries in the Abri group. Further corporate information is available at www.abri.co.uk