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Yorkshire and the Humber

Abbeyfield The Dales

Abbeyfield The Dales offers supported housing, residential care and independent living with extra care for older people in Yorkshire. A £4.7m loan from Unity Trust Bank helped them to purchase Fern House, a 30-room dementia care home in Bingley. Fern House opened in 2017 and won the residential category at the prestigious Royal Institute of… Continue Reading

Christ Church Central

Christ Church Central is located in Sheffield city centre. It aims to be a church for people who don’t go to church, which means they make a special effort to appeal to people in a unique way, and all of their meetings are accessible, clear and outsider-friendly. Christ Church Central welcomes all, including families, young… Continue Reading

NAViGO CIC

NAViGO is a provider of mental health and associated services including ancillary services such as catering and cleaning which create employment and training for people with mental health issues. Together with reserves and a charitable grant, an £800,000 Unity loan has allowed NAViGO to purchase a garden centre including a five bed bungalow, as a… Continue Reading

Winner Trading

Unity provided a £963,200 loan to assist in purchasing 40 two and three bed properties, supported by an Empty Homes Grant. This means Winner Trading can refurbish and bring back into use derelict and disused properties across the city of Hull for women and children in need of safe homes. Lisa Hilder, Director of Winner… Continue Reading

Canopy Housing

Canopy Housing renovates empty homes with the help of volunteers and homeless people, who then move in to the properties having created good quality homes for themselves. This brings properties back in to use, addresses housing issues and also helps people to develop construction skills. The project creates employment and regenerates disadvantaged communities. A £256,000… Continue Reading

St. Thomas Crookes

St Thomas Crookes is a Church aiming to help people `live life better’ and transform their community. One of its key roles is to train others, particularly young leaders. A £750,000 loan from Unity helped them in developing their campus through linking the existing church to community buildings by constructing a new multilevel entrance with… Continue Reading

The York Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders (YACRO)

A registered social landlord, YACRO provides housing for homeless ex-offenders. They have a number of supported residential facilities where residents can live independently in safe environments. This helps them become productive individuals and integrate back into society. As part of their development our loan helped with buying Hollinrake House, a new five bedroom residential property.

Northern Hull Community Development

This charity supports their local community through a variety of projects. Part of this is buying housing to rent out affordably to the local residents, in an area that has a high level of unemployment and homelessness. An £800,000 loan from Unity helped boost their portfolio through purchasing up to 18 one or two bed… Continue Reading

Action Housing and Support

This housing association provides settled accommodation for a number of vulnerable groups and those on the margins of society. They provide support and advice to their tenants. Their focus is on helping people live independently, helping people to set up homes and promote living responsibly in society. A Unity loan of £600,000 helped to purchase… Continue Reading

Key Fund Investments

Key Fund provides investment to support the development and growth of trading activity in community and social enterprises, based or working in the North and Midlands of England. The ultimate aim being to enable them to become more sustainable, in both financial and impact terms. Key fund is a long term customer of Unity, having… Continue Reading


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