Community Services team supports Hart residents

Community Services annual report 23-24 title over image of council offices with yellow and orange flowers in foreground

As a council, we want to make a difference the lives of residents, particularly those who are struggling. In the last year, our Community Services team provided support to thousands of Hart people, ensuring vital help was at hand when it mattered most.

The recently published Community Services Annual Report 2023/24 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: “The Community Services team has been working hard to continue delivering high quality services to Hart residents during a challenging 12 months for many.

“We have provided much needed support and advice, allocated grants and funding and continued to help Ukrainian refugees find safe and secure homes. Our Community Safe team has worked with hundreds of children and parents to raise awareness of knife crime, anti-social behaviour and child exploitation.

“And it’s been wonderful to see so many people sign up to volunteer at one of our country parks to help our rangers keep them welcoming green spaces to visit.”

Key statistics

  • 217 affordable homes delivered, against a target of 100
  • 906 households received housing advice
  • £24,000 worth of Hardship grants awarded
  • 225 properties allocated through Hart’s housing register
  • 80 Disabled Facilities Grants delivered to enable Hart residents to live independently in their own homes
  • 37 Ukrainian families helped to rent first home
  • 916 antisocial behaviour complaints processed
  • Countryside grants adding up to £29,000 awarded to wellbeing and sustainability projects
  • 228 countryside volunteers signed up
  • 102 volunteer sessions run with the Countryside team

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