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Community Conversations

The Platform Communities Team maintain a blog - Community Conversations - where you can find out about what's happening in your community. This is where we'll post news, information about volunteering, and other interesting things!

Contributing to Communities

At Platform Housing Group we’re passionate about encouraging communities to develop initiatives that bring people together and improve the lives of those around them. To help communities do this we’ve created the Community Chest Fund to support a range of activities and projects across our communities that aim to make life better for residents. 


The Community Chest fund supports customers, charities, clubs, and not-for-profit organisations who want to bring about positive changes in Platform communities. The fund is allocated by members of our Customer Experience Panel, who are passionate about seeing bids from groups who are working to make a real difference in their communities.  


The most recent round of bids came in during March and April and came from a wide range of groups supporting lots of different projects. Here’s a taster of some of the bids we were able to support: 



Picture of Sports equipment including tennis rackets & balls 

Sport Activities and Clubs 





In early 2021 we received an application from Alford Sports Hall Association for over £7,000 to buy new sports equipment for the facility. The panel were impressed with the bid and keen to support the project which showed how the new equipment would provide much needed opportunities for local children to be able to get involved in a wide range of sporting activities. The facilities would also be available for adults to use in the evenings, giving the whole community a chance to improve their health and well-being. 


As well as approving this bid the Panel also approved a further £4,500+ to support other sport initiatives, including local football clubs and a judo club.