White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures Ltd is a locally-rooted social enterprise developer. We transform difficult and derelict buildings into capped-rent homes and workspaces. We create affordable space for living, working, wellbeing, learning, leisure and community action.
We promote encounter, collaboration and community self-management. We squeeze our projects for maximum social impact for local people through life-changing opportunities (jobs, homes, enterprise support, training, social networks) and through place-shaping opportunities (influencing and making real changes in the immediate neighbourhood), especially for those who usually miss out.
WRNV has a proven track record through the redevelopment of Rock House and is now in the process of transforming the 35-years derelict Observer Building into a beacon of community-led regeneration. We are a core partner in regenerating the Trinity Triangle.
WRNV, and its subsidiary housing management company Living Rents, are part of an ecosystem of organisations with shared values and common goals. This includes Heart of Hastings community land trust and we expect all the properties we develop to end up in the freehold ownership of the CLT in perpetuity. Together we are creating the Hastings Commons.
As the name suggests, Ventures is an agile and adaptable organisation designed to be able to take risks that others shy away from but to manage those risks in order to protect both financial stability and social value. Even in ‘normal times’, we experience high levels of uncertainty and are continually adapting to changing circumstances, acute threats and exciting opportunities. We aim to contribute to economic recovery and community wellbeing in the aftermath of the first national lockdown, and to use our own experience and resilience to support other local people and businesses through the difficult times ahead.