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Did you know we are the largest social housing organisation who works with Migrants & Refugees in Europe.

We want to share with you our Vision, Mission and Value

Our Vision

To ensure every migrant and refugee in London has a good home, is empowered to safeguard their individual rights, have their voice heard and make a full contribution to their community. 

Our Mission

To provide the best housing services to our customers while developing the potential of migrants and refugees in London. 

Our Values

To achieve our vision and mission, we have adopted five overarching values which underpin our business aims and objectives, these are:

  • To create trust through listening and by acting transparently, with openness, honesty and integrity
  • To treat everyone with fairness and respect. Equality, compassion and support for our residents, staff and stakeholders are at the heart of the way we work
  • To be accountable and accept the responsibility for the decisions we make
  • To have excellent customer care and understand the needs of our customers 
  • To maintain innovation and act creatively to meet the organisations aspirations.  

 

Black History Month

Did you know that our meeting rooms are named after inspirational black icons? 

When we set up our new offices all our staff and partners were asked to put forward who their most inspirational black icon. 

They voted for their favourite and the most popular are now named meeting rooms

 

Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole

Mary was born on 23 November 1805 - 14 May 1881

  • Mary Seacole was a British Jamaican nurse, healer and businesswoman who set up the "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War.
  • Coming from a tradition of Jamaican and West African "doctresses", Seacole displayed "compassion, skills and bravery while nursing soldiers during the Crimean War", using herbal remedies. 
  • She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. In 2004, she was voted the greatest black Briton.
  • Mary Seacole relied on her skill and experience as a healer and a female doctor from Jamaica. Schools of nursing in England were only set up after the Crimean war, the first being the Florence Nightingale Training School, in 1860 at St Thomas' Hospital in London. Seacole was arguably the first nurse practitioner.
  • In 1858 a four-day Fundraising Gala took place on the banks of the river Thames, to honor Mary Seacole. Crowds of about 80,000 attended, including veterans, their families and Royalty.
  • After her death she was largely forgotten for almost a century but was subsequently recognised for her success as a woman. The erection of a statue of her at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, on 30 June 2016, describing her as a "pioneer".

 

Nelson Mandala

Nelson Mandala

Nelson was born 8 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

  • He was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, statesman and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
  • He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. He served as the president of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.
  • Mandela served 27 years in prison, split between Robben Island, Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison.
  • Amid growing domestic and international pressure and fears of racial civil war, President F. W. de Klerk released him in 1990.
  • Mandela and de Klerk led efforts to negotiate an end to apartheid, which resulted in the 1994 multiracial general election in which Mandela led the ANC to victory and became president.
  • Widely regarded as an icon of democracy and social justice, he received more than 250 honours, including the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

Audre was born February 18, 1934 – November 17 1992

  • She was an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist.
  • She was a self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," who "dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism and homophobia.  
  • As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery, and emotional expression, as well as her poems that express anger and outrage at civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life.
  • As a spoken word artist, her delivery was powerful, melodic, and intense. Her poems and prose largely deal with issues related to civil rights, feminism, lesbianism, illness and disability, and the exploration of black female identity.

 

Maya Angelou 

Maya Angelou

Maya was born April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

  • She was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.
  • She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.
  • She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.
  • Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I know why the caged bird sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
  • In 1982, she was named the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • She was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
  • In 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” (1993) at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961.

 

Claudia Jones 

Claudia Jones

Claudia was born 21 February 1915 – 24 December 1964

 

We were able to name one of our blocks after Steve Biko

Steve Biko

Steve was born 18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977

  • He was a South African anti-apartheid activist. Ideologically an African nationalist and African socialist, he was at the forefront of a grassroots anti-apartheid campaign known as the Black Consciousness Movement during the late 1960s and 1970s.
  • His ideas were articulated in a series of articles published under the pseudonym Frank Talk.
  • Raised in a poor Xhosa family, Biko grew up in Ginsberg township in the Eastern Cape.
  • Strongly opposed to the apartheid system of racial segregation and white-minority rule in South Africa, Biko was frustrated that NUSAS and other anti-apartheid groups were dominated by white liberals, rather than by the blacks who were most affected by apartheid.
  • He believed that well-intentioned white liberals failed to comprehend the black experience and often acted in a paternalistic  manner.
  • He developed the view that to avoid white domination, black people had to organise independently, and to this end he became a leading figure in the creation of the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) in 1968.
  • Membership was open only to "Blacks", a term that Biko used in reference not just to Bantu-speaking Africans but also to Coloureds and Indians. He was careful to keep his movement independent of white liberals but opposed anti-white hatred and had white friends. The white-minority National Party government were initially supportive, seeing SASO's creation as a victory for apartheid's ethos of racial separatism.
  • The government came to see Biko as a subversive threat and placed him under a banning order in 1973, severely restricting his activities.
  • Following his arrest in August 1977, Biko was beaten to death by state security officers. Over 20,000 people attended his funeral.
  • Biko's fame spread posthumously. He became the subject of numerous songs and works of art, while a 1978 biography by his friend Donald Woods formed the basis for the 1987 film Cry Freedom

 

We also have a historic blue plaque heritage on one of our properties in Brixton to the musician and entrepreneur, 

Winifred Atwell

Winifred Atwell

Winifred was born February or 27 April 1910 – 28 February 1983

  • She was the first Black British artist to have a UK no.1, she is also the only female artist in the history of popular music to score an international no. 1 with an instrumental.
  • She enjoyed popularity in the 1950s, with a series of Boogie Woogie pop hits, and sold over 20 million records. She was an influence on the likes of Elton John.  
  • As well as being an established recording artist, Winifred Atwell was also a successful businesswoman. In 1958 she founded the first hair and beauty salon for African Caribbean women in the UK, which was based at 82d Railton Road, Brixton, SE24 0LD which is on the corner of Chaucer Road (which we own)
  • This was only the 7th plaque in the capital to commemorate a woman with a BAME background, and the 2nd in Lambeth and it was erected in 2020.          

 

Corona Virus Update Business Continuity Statement

In accordance with Government advice we had decided to close our offices unitl further notice.

  • We are continuing to deliver a full service via the phones and emails.
  • If you have a repairs enquiry please ring 020 7424 7370 and select option 2 or you can email Repairs@arhag.co.uk
  • If you need to speak housing please ring the number above and select option 3 or you can email Housing@arhag.co.uk
  • If you need to speak to finance please ring the number above and select option 4 or you can email Finance@arhag.co.uk 
  • We are offering residents meetings "online" rather than face-to-face
  • We are following all government guidelines as and when they evolve
  • We do not currently foresee any impact on the continuity of our service
  • Should the situation change we will be updating the website and sending update texts to our residents immediately.