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Jesters Gymnastics Club invests in new equipment with the help of local businesses9 November 2018

Published 9 November 2018
Local children’s gymnastics group, Jesters Gymnastics Club, has been able to buy brand new gym equipment thanks to WDH and Horbury Financial Services. The not-for-profit organisation based in Pontefract and Featherstone received a £1500 Community Grant from WDH and £350 from Horbury Financial Services to buy a new air track to help gymnasts improve their tumbling skills and training. With over 20 years’ experience, Jesters Gymnastics Club works with over 200 children, aged five to 18, to learn and improve their gymnastics skills. Jess Garrett, Head Coach at Jesters Gymnastics Club said: “The children absolutely love the new air track. We bought it from Airtrack UK who have been brilliant. We rely solely on fundraising so this wouldn’t have been possible without the donations from WDH and Horbury Financial Services.”

Local scout club improves the learning experiences for young people9 November 2018

Published 9 November 2018
A WDH Community Grant has helped the 17th Wakefield Scout Club to buy essential kits for expeditions.

Are you ready for Universal Credit?9 November 2018

Published 9 November 2018
We are now less than a month away from the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) Full Service in Wakefield. The Full Service of UC will be introduced in Wakefield from 28 November 2018 and will replace six benefits with a single monthly payment similar to a monthly working wage.

Partnership leads the way in money matters18 October 2018

Published 18 October 2018
WDH and Leeds Credit Union joined forces at their new branch in the heart of Wakefield to highlight the support available for those who need it. As part of International Credit Union Day, WDH’s Cash Wise and Debt teams were on hand to dish out advice on how to manage your money better. In addition, to celebrate the partnership, Leeds Credit Union will be giving the first 50 customers who sign up for a new account with £1 on the day £25 credit to get them started. Terms and Conditions apply. Kevin Dodd, Chief Executive for WDH, said: “This event is a great example of partnership working between WDH and the Leeds Credit Union and the shared support we can offer to our tenants and customers. With the introduction of Universal Credit approaching we are all preparing for the changes to come, supporting tenants to open a bank account and get online. Anyone who feels they would benefit from talking to us should join us and get the advice and support on offer.” Chris Smyth, Chief Executive, Leeds Credit Union, said: “I am absolutely delighted about the new branch in the heart of Wakefield as this will help even more people to access the savings and affordable loans provided by the credit union. I am also very pleased that this branch has been made possible through the cooperation that the credit union has had for many years with our friends at WDH’’ He added: “By working together we can bring a range of services to support residents and families in Wakefield and this is as important as ever as hard economic times continue to bear down on many families.” The event coincides with and National Get Online Week, and for those who are concerned about the introduction of Universal Credit in November, which will be an online only service, the teams will be able to answer any questions or concerns.

Don’t miss out, get online and #Try1Thing this October12 October 2018

Published 12 October 2018
WDH is taking part in Get Online Week between 15- 21 October 2018 and encouraging people to Try 1 Thing online.

Best Garden: Rob Stringer10 October 2018

Published 10 October 2018
Rob Stringer won the Best Garden award in WDH’s 2018 Love Where You Live Awards.

Community Champion: Angela Thomas 10 October 2018

Published 10 October 2018
Angela Thomas won the Community Champion category in WDH’s 2018 Love Where You Live Awards. Angela set up The Bag Fairies in November 2014 at The Pavilion, South Kirkby. The group supports anyone in need in the local community.  Angela and the group have provided clothing for people, ranging from new-borns to older people, as well as providing bedding, towels and homewares for the homeless and vulnerable who are moving into their own accommodation. The Bag Fairies are self-funded and rely solely on donations, there is no referral service and customers can just call in when they need to. They also provide a number of personal hygiene toiletries to the vulnerable and homeless and work closely with WDH Cash Wise to support families in need.  The group is going from strength to strength and their room is packed to the rafters with donations. Angela goes above and beyond to help and all of this is done in her own time. On winning the award, she said: “Community is not just a word, it is an attitude. Bag fairies is a community in action reaching out to help all those around us who are vulnerable and in need, so I am delighted to have won this award on their behalf.”

Digital in the Community: Friends of Fryston Woods10 October 2018

Published 10 October 2018
Friends of Fryston Woods Group took the Digital in the Community Award in WDH’s 2018 Love Where You Live Awards.

Working with Older People: The Open Heart Memory Café 10 October 2018

Published 10 October 2018
Janet Ward runs the Hemsworth Open Heart Memory Café each month. The café is run by a group of volunteers and is regularly attended by 30 to 40 people from across the South East of Wakefield. The café is for people with Alzheimer’s and their carers and provides a place where they can come along and socialise with others. They provide a number of activities suitable for people with dementia and older people including boccia, jigsaws, bean bag activities and regular sing alongs. The group also hold another weekly session for older people which aims at reducing social isolation amongst the older community and are looking at organising some trips for them.

Community Group: 5 Towns Community Radio10 October 2018

Published 10 October 2018
5 Towns Community Radio won the Community Group Category in WDH’s 2018 Love Where You Live Awards having beat previous champions Havercroft Parents Forum after a fierce battle for digital votes.
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We have won the Housing Team of the Year at the CIH Northern Awards.4 December 2019

Published 4 December 2019
The Debt, Cash Wise and Tenancy Ready Teams were recognised for their response to the challenges presented by Universal Credit (UC), welfare reform and poverty across the district.

Our Tenant Satisfaction Survey is underway2 December 2019

Published 2 December 2019
Our Tenant Satisfaction Survey has started and will end on Friday 17 January 2020.

12 days of Christmas Giveaways28 November 2019

Published 28 November 2019
The Christmas season is almost here and we want to make Christmas a little easier with the chance to win some great prizes between Monday 2 – Friday 13 December 2019. It’s easy to enter you just need to use the WDH App.

We are making changes to our Service Access Point (SAP) and Hub opening hours from December25 November 2019

Published 25 November 2019
To allow us to provide you with the best customer service we have reviewed the opening hours of our SAP’s and Hub’s across the district and made some changes.
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Residents ARMED and ready19 November 2019

Published 19 November 2019
WDH has partnered with technology business Care Management (CM) to pilot innovative technology that will monitor independent living scheme residents’ health and predict health issues using heart rate, hydration levels, activity, sleep, muscle mass and grip strength, so that we can pre-empt any health issues and make the necessary adjustments.

New and improved service access point (SAP) coming to Airedale soon!14 November 2019

Published 14 November 2019
Airedale SAP will be closing at 4 pm on Friday 15 November 2019 for approximately two weeks whilst we refurbish and improve the facilities.
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External works in Airedale leave independent living residents with a smile12 November 2019

Published 12 November 2019
Residents at West Mead Independent Living Scheme in Airedale were left smiling after WDH invested in improving their homes.

If you have caring responsibilities, you could get a little extra help for free with Care Link11 November 2019

Published 11 November 2019
Did you know that one in nine people will be caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill, whilst still working? Balancing work life and caring responsibilities can be stressful but our award winning Care Link service offers people with caring responsibilities added peace of mind by providing support for their loved one at the touch of a button.
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Celebrating Wakefield’s Finest28 October 2019

Published 28 October 2019
Tenants, residents and community groups were among the winners at WDH’s annual Love Where You Live Awards grand final.

Residents in South Elmsall are over the moon with Farfield Court’s new look!15 October 2019

Published 15 October 2019
Residents at Farfield Court Independent Living Scheme in South Elmsall got a sneak peek at the scheme’s new look following an extensive refurbishment.
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