The Aster Foundation was created by us to give something back. It’s the work we choose to do over and above our landlord and development activities.
Through our Aster Foundation we invest in our communities and their future through a range of initiatives including our Into Work and Financial Wellbeing services, our Digital College, tackling fuel poverty, mental wellness and resilience offer and volunteering opportunities.
The Aster Foundation also supports Housing First to tackle homelessness and our Independent Living Services to support and enable independence for our older customers by providing solutions to address a range of exclusion challenges.
Social innovation, enterprise and collaboration is at the heart of the Aster Foundation. Our social incubator, inc. will be integral in creating and supporting the next wave of social entrepreneurs who will make a difference and drive change across our communities.
The Aster Foundation was created in response to government policy changes in 2016. The 1% rent reduction meant that like others in the sector we had to review our expenditure and look at how we could continue to provide safety and security through our reliable landlord services and supply a wide range of housing options in response to the housing crisis. This meant we had to scale back our community support offer and put plans in place to secure our future as the financially strong, viable and thriving organisation you see today.
Throughout 2017/18 our focus was working towards our vision of ‘everyone has a home’ through maintaining our current homes and building new ones. We also started to explore how we could leave a lasting legacy in our communities and create social value with our work. We worked with our customers, colleagues and partners to understand what was important to them and how we were best placed to make real and lasting change.