Providence Row Housing Association

Providence Row Housing Association

At a glance


  • Housing and homelessness

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Organisation type: 
Society, cooperative or credit union
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PRHA is a locally based social landlord and also a care/support provider particularly for homeless people & young people. We also provide a small number of family dwellings.

PRHA Board members are responsible for the governance, strategic planning, risk management and financial control of the Association. We have a skilled, enthusiastic & effective Board with a wide range of skills & experience including senior management of Housing Associations, accountancy & financial management in the commercial sector, strategic planning & policy. We are facing the same challenges as other social landlords/ voluntary sector providers with diminishing public sector funding, increasing demand for our services & a challenging external political and economic environment. We are planning ahead to ensure that we survive these challenges through diversification and careful management of our resources.

This Board member will have specific responsibility for leading the HR scrutiny group (a subcommittee of the Board), oversight of the Human Resources strategy and monitoring of HR performance. We have a small but experienced HR team responsible for our 130 staff as well as locums and volunteers. They are responsible for payroll, recruitment, employee relations (in liaison with line managers) & staff development.


As well as providing housing and support/social care services, PRHA has also developed a range of social enterprise activities, which aim to provide employment and training for its residents. Our Grounded Ecotherapy group has a high public profile due to its work maintaining and developing the roof garden on the South Bank (Queen Elizabeth Hall) in partnership with the Eden Project. The group comprises & is run by people who have been homeless and those recovering from addiction and mentaI ill-health. We also run in-house cleaning and grounds maintenance services which employ residents.

We also encourage & train residents to take up other employed & volunteer roles within the organisation.

As part of our commitment to local communities and partnership working we have developed nursery premises run by a local voluntary organisation and are currently expanding this work to provide additional premises for free 2 year old places.

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