Partnership Initiatives

Build London Partnership, Leadership 2025, Bangla COVID 19 Advice Project, Rise Into Employment, Migrants Rights Website, Brent Council, HALA, The National Lottery, London Voter Registration, GLA

Partnership between BME London, L&Q, Optivo, EY and Altair

Leadership 2025

Leadership 2025 is an intensive 9-month leadership development programme, in partnership with Roffey Park, available exclusively to senior leaders from BME backgrounds working in the housing sector. At its heart, Leadership 2025 aims to support and empower BME senior professionals to become sector leaders of the future. However, more than just leadership programme, Leadership 2025 seeks to positively disrupt the housing sector by challenging current perceptions and promoting the fact that diversity is not just something that ticks boxes but is actually good for business.

Partners, BME London, L&Q, GLA

Build London Partnership

The Build London Partnership started as a result of L&Q approaching BME London Landlords to explore the possibility of an ambitious and dynamic plan to unlock small sites and realise the capital’s build potential through the Build London Partnership programme. After the successful launch of a pilot programme an additional 11 smaller housing associations across London Jointly funded by the L&Q Foundation and the Greater London Authority, raised the target of the programme to 1,000 new affordable homes in London by March 2022.

The ground-breaking programme will see the L&Q Foundation invest £100 million, and the GLA £80 million to provide affordable homes across London. The initiative will support housing association partners with the development process from inception to completion and then handover the completed homes at cost.

Build_London_Partnership_BME site

Ricky Scipio, Chief Executive at Westway said, ““Westway Housing Association are extremely proud to be one of the early adopters of the Build London Partnership, led by L&Q, which has resulted in a 16 unit new development located in Ealing. This new supply of much needed affordable housing may not have come to fruition without this ground-breaking initiative.”

Partners, Bangla HA, Spitalfields HA, BME London Landlords, London Boroughs Hackney and Tower Hamlets

BCAP – Bangla COVID 19 Advice Project

Working closely with Spitalfields Housing Association another member within the BME London Landlords group, the Bangladeshi COVID Advice project will produce a COVID Advice video in Bengali, provide literature in Bengali, with the two workers employed networking with NHS provision and Hackney and Tower Hamlets local authority to target the Bangladeshi community beyond just Bangla HA and Spitalfields HA residents.

Bashir Uddin Chief Exec Bangla HA made a call to action to his fellow BMELL members the need for an urgent response, to the number of deaths in the Bangladeshi community during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the summer lockdown. Anticipating the second wave Bashir sought support from the group, summarising that many organisations in the collaborative group had Bangladeshi tenants and something urgently needed to be done because lives were at stake. The group gave full support sponsoring Bangla’s application to the National Lottery recovery fund, to provide targeted advice to the at-risk community on how to protect itself from the risk.

Since Bashir’s call for action was mobilised amongst the BMELL group, BME London Landlords have been exploring further work on how to get targeted messages to other BME communities at risk and how the group can bring its influence to become more of a community enabler.

Bangla COVID 19 Advice Project

Bashir Uddin, Chief Executive at Bangla HA said, “This funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund distributed from the National Lottery Community Fund will help us reach those who are vulnerable and at-risk in the Bangladeshi community in East London and get them to realise how serious it is to protect yourself against COVID 19 and how serious the consequences are if you don’t. Thanks to the Government for making this possible

Partners, Olmec, BME London, Arhag, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

Rise into Employment

The programme is run in partnership with Arhag, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing and BME London Landlords and is delivered by Olmec. It is open to anyone who needs a helping hand to find a new or a better job.

  • Recognised NCFE Entry Level 3 qualification in employability
  • Volunteering opportunities which can often lead on to paid work
  • Work placements to gain hands-on experience and learn new skills
  • Help to write a CV
  • Top tips and interview skills
  • Training opportunities
  • Support with job searches including helping to write your applications.
Rise into Employment
Housing Association Legal Alliance

Partners BME London, HALA


The Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance (HALA) is a unique collaboration of some of the UK’s leading housing associations and is looking to expand its membership.

The HALA vision is “to be the most successful collaborative partnership of housing associations in the UK, at the forefront of innovative procurement practice and efficiency strategy, delivering a demonstrable best value service to its members and tenants.”