Community Services team rises to the challenge

The front of Hart District Council's offices with yellow flowers in foreground

Thousands of Hart residents and organisations have been supported by the Council’s Community Services team in the past year, ensuring vital help was at hand during the cost of living crisis.

The recently published Community Services Annual Report 2022/23 highlights key achievements across a range of services, including housing, community safety and the Here for Hart community support network.

Kirsty Jenkins, Executive Director of Community Services, said: “Undoubtedly one of the most significant challenges facing our residents in 2022/23 has been the rising cost of living. We have provided much needed support and advice to our residents, allocated grants and funding and welcomed more than 200 Ukrainian refugees to Hart.

“The team has worked incredibly hard delivering essential services and will continue to support our communities with the challenges they face.”

Key achievements at a glance

  • 172 affordable homes delivered, against a target of 100
  • 269 affordable homes allocated through Hart’s housing register
  • 781 households received housing advice
  • 55 households were prevented from becoming homeless
  • 57 Disabled Facilities Grants delivered to enable Hart residents to live independently in their own homes
  • 31 households received hardships grants
  • 1,156 antisocial behaviour complaints processed
  • £15,000 awarded to Heatherside Infants School for a well-being garden
  • 192 countryside volunteers signed up
  • 103 volunteer days run with the Countryside team

To find out more about the team’s work, read the Community Services Annual Report 2022-23.

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