Onward is one of the largest registered providers of social housing based solely in the North West of England, with 35,000 homes across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire.

The Onward Difference:

  • Enabling people to be their best
  • In homes they love
  • And places they are proud of 
“We don’t just provide affordable homes for rent. We also offer quality housing for those looking to enjoy all the benefits of owning their own home.”


They are a not-for-profit organisation regulated by the Regulator of Social Housing.


Their purpose is to make a positive difference in the communities we serve.


• They build, manage and maintain homes for people who are unable to access housing on the open market.


• They deliver high-quality homes and first-class services that make a real difference to the people living in their neighbourhoods.
• They offer customers support and assistance, helping people to overcome the challenges faced in their communities.
• They provide homes and support to vulnerable people, helping them to live independent lives in the community.


They work with partners, voluntary groups and government agencies to provide more homes for people from all backgrounds, meeting the increasing need for housing throughout the North West.


At Onward, they are signalling their intention to increase their impact by building more homes and delivering better services.


As an organisation Onward is relatively new, but its legacy stretches back over 50 years.

Established in April 2018, Onward (formerly known as Symphony Housing Group) brought together several housing associations, namely Liverpool Housing Trust, Hyndburn Homes, Peak Valley Housing Association and Ribble Valley Homes.


Bringing these organisations together allowed them to invest more in their homes and neighbourhoods, improve their services, and make a greater contribution to the sustainable regeneration of communities in the North West.


In 2021, they completed the amalgamation of Contour Homes into Onward Homes and finalised our transition to become one group.