Community supports Open Day to match people with affordable homes

First Published: 17/05/2019

People on the hunt for affordable housing in Yorkshire and Derbyshire may have found the homes of their dreams at our property Open Day at Finningley Lodge near Sheffield this week.

The community of Rotherham came together to support efforts by our Housing team to match property hunters in the area with available affordable homes. The Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham, Cllr Alan Buckley and wife Sandra Buckley, Parish Councillors, local charities and retailers, plus local entertainers all united to make it a great event.

Finningley Lodge is an independent living property for the over 55s, located just outside Sheffield in the community of Kiveton Park. It is just one of approximately 1,500 affordable properties that we have in the Yorkshire and Derbyshire area, which can cater for people looking for general lets, shared ownership schemes, and leasehold properties, as well as independent living opportunities.

Pauline Brown, who is looking for a home in an independent living property, visited the event. She said: “Ideally I’d like to find a home at Finningley Lodge; it’s local for me and know a lot of people here. It’s a sociable place but you can have your privacy too. It’s a great place to live.”

Yvonne Castle, Chief Executive at Johnnie Johnson Housing, explained why the event was so important:

“Local people need access to quality affordable housing, at a time where there is a real shortage nationally. The event was a real credit to our residents, local housing officers and the wider community who pulled together to make this a fabulous day and a great success. We will now be getting on with the important task of matching our visitors with our homes.”

Anyone who couldn’t make it to the event but are interested in finding a new home are invited to contact us at or call us on 0345 305 5335.