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ARHAG Housing Association

A £6m loan from Unity Trust, the commercial bank with a social conscience has enabled ARHAG Housing Association to purchase 47 developed units in Barnet, London. The units will provide much needed housing and support for refugee and migrant communities in the area. The developed units are split across Beechcroft Court; a newly built block of… Continue Reading

Big Issue Invest Corporate Social Venturing

We invested £50,000, alongside other corporates, in an initiative led by Big Issue Invest in partnership with the Nominet Trust – the Tech for Good challenge. This challenge seeks to support early stage ventures which use digital technology in an innovative way to address the social problems of the moment and to transform the lives… Continue Reading

The Beauchamp Lodge Settlement

An educational charity with a passion for providing imaginative learning spaces which change lives, The Beauchamp Lodge Settlement has a Floating Classroom which hosts activities meeting the diverse needs of its community whilst promoting environmental awareness. They received a £100,000 loan from Unity to refurbish as existing property, to increase rental income.

Federation of Synagogues

A Unity loan of £1.3m helped the Federation of Synagogues purchase a Synagogue. Federation of Synagogues supports over 2,500 families and provides services including burial space, Kosher food administration and religious study.

Groundwork London

Groundwork London is a social and environmental regeneration charity. Part of a national network, it improves Londoners’ prospects by delivering support to increase the confidence, skills and employability of those furthest removed from the labour market, in particular young people. It creates better places by supporting individuals and businesses to work collectively to reduce natural… Continue Reading

Penge Churches Housing Association

Providing housing of a good quality that meets the needs of its community has been the aim of Penge Churches Housing Association since its foundation in 1969. It caters for a number of households including families, and those with mental health needs and learning difficulties by providing affordable housing that is in demand in the… Continue Reading

St Giles-in-the-Fields and William Shelton Educational Charity

This charity supports the education of disadvantaged children and young people within its local area and criteria. It funds projects including supporting parental involvement with their children’s education and enhancing learning for pupils who lack other opportunities. A £1.5m loan from Unity was used to refurbish an existing property to increase rental income to be… Continue Reading

Mind in Barnet

As an affiliate to the national Mind Network, Mind in Barnet is supporting people with mental health problems with a number of services including counselling, befriending and social clubs. A £150,000 loan from Unity was used for developing a recently purchased property, where the charity brings its services under one roof, in order to better… Continue Reading

Marie Stopes International

Marie Stopes International provides reproductive and sexual health services through the NHS and borrowed £4m from Unity to fund ongoing refurbishment costs at clinics worldwide.

Bangla Housing Association

Bangla Housing Association’s mission is to provide good quality, affordable homes and relevant support services for those in the local Bengali and other Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. A Unity loan of £4.8m meant they could purchase 70 properties from other housing associations providing housing for over 300 people. Bangla has been managing these… Continue Reading


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ARHAG Housing Association
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Big Issue Invest Corporate Social Venturing
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The Beauchamp Lodge Settlement
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Federation of Synagogues
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Groundwork London
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Penge Churches Housing Association
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St Giles-in-the-Fields and William Shelton Educational Charity
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Mind in Barnet
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Marie Stopes International
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Bangla Housing Association
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