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Pupils from Pontefract help residents to celebrate their new look estate25 October 2017

Published 25 October 2017
Year 6 pupils from Half Penny Lane School in Pontefract have helped complete the green space at The Avenues in Pontefract by planting bulbs and shrubs to make the space look as bright as possible in the coming months. The space was then presented to the residents of The Avenues by employees from WDH.

Asbestos safety20 October 2017

Published 20 October 2017
If you are worried about the possible presence of asbestos in your home we have created an FAQ on our website to help you and give all the information you need.

Ossett Community Café improves their equipment after receiving grant19 October 2017

Published 19 October 2017
Ossett War Memorial Community Centre is benefitting from upgraded catering equipment thanks to a WDH Community Grant worth over £1000.

Home sweet home with Shared Ownership from WDH17 October 2017

Published 17 October 2017
Katie from Outwood is the latest person to get on the property ladder with our Shared Ownership scheme.

Working with Older People Winners 2017: Five Towns Stroke Group13 October 2017

Published 13 October 2017
The Five Towns Stroke Group won the Working with Older People category in WDH’s 2017 Love Where You Live Awards.

Community Group Winner 2017: Smawthorne Welfare Action Team13 October 2017

Published 13 October 2017
Smawthorne Welfare Action Team won the Community Group Category in WDH’s 2017 Love Where You Live Awards having beat previous champions Havercroft Parents Forum after a fierce battle for digital votes.

Arts and Culture Winner 2017: Spectrum Children’s Drama Company12 October 2017

Published 12 October 2017
Spectrum Children’s Drama Company won the Arts and Culture Award at WDH’s 2017 Love Where You Live Awards.

Free English and maths courses for tenants12 October 2017

Published 12 October 2017
WDH, alongside Wakefield Council’s Adult Education Service, will be running two free courses from the end of October for tenants who would like to brush up on either their maths or English skills.

We're looking for new Board Members!11 October 2017

Published 11 October 2017
Are you interested in being involved in the strategic decision making processes of a dynamic business? Are you willing to learn and pass on your knowledge to others?
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Digital in the Community Winner 2017: Kirkthorpe Community Group11 October 2017

Published 11 October 2017
Kirkthorpe Community Group took the Digital in the Community Award in WDH’s 2017 Love Where You Live Awards.
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Gas Safety Week: Fighting for a Gas Safe nation

Published 18 September 2017
We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2017, taking place 18th – 24th September.  Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.   Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.  By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe. Check any gas appliances you own every year. Gas appliances should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Set a reminder so you don’t forget at www.staygassafe.co.uk. Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room. Know the six signs of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Have an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home. For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.gassaferegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.   
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Residents in Airedale give us their views on the latest environmental works

Published 18 September 2017
Tenants and residents from Henson Grove in Airedale joined WDH’s Homebuilder Team for a focus group and refreshments to find out more about the environmental works that are currently being carried out on their estate and what they can expect when work begins on their properties.

Vote now for your community heroes in our 2017 Love Where You Live Awards

Published 22 August 2017
You can now vote for your local community heroes to get the recognition they deserve, as part of WDH's Love Where You Live Awards 2017.
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Share your views on the services you need22 May 2020

Published 22 May 2020
As we continue to find ourselves in these unrecognisable circumstances, I want to let you know that we are listening and your safety and security is at the forefront of everything that we are doing here at WDH. As we are now looking to the future and beginning to bring some of our services back into action, I’m keen to gather your views.
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Prioritising Services15 May 2020

Published 15 May 2020
It may come as welcome news for many of you that our Prime Minister has announced that we can spend a little more time outside and that we can travel a little further afield. However, I know for many it makes things a little more confusing. What I can assure you of, is that we are continuing to follow the guidance that is coming from Government in everything we do. That means we are adhering to social distancing and using the correct personal protective equipment (PPE), where needed, but we are also pushing ahead to resume as many services as we can as soon as it is safe to do so.
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Today we are celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.8 May 2020

Published 8 May 2020
Today we are celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. We had a fantastic response to our call out for people’s VE Day memories! Lots of people were keen to share their celebrations from 1945, war time memories, recipes and more with us!
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Thanks for your patience, grass cutting back in action7 May 2020

Published 7 May 2020
I am over the moon to announce that we are now able to start cutting grass and maintaining shared areas with the support of our partner Sodexo Horticultural Services.
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Ready, steady, cook and share for a chance to win!6 May 2020

Published 6 May 2020
Ready, steady, cook and share your families favourite recipes for a chance to win £10 of shopping vouchers! These could be VE Day inspired or a tribute to your favourite restaurant or takeaway dish!
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WDH and Tenants Working Together1 May 2020

Published 1 May 2020
Since lock down started in March, I have been moved by the way the district and particularly WDH and you our customers have come together to support each other at this challenging time. Many of our employees have been continuing to work supporting you, our tenants, whilst spending their free time sewing scrubs, face masks and kit bags, to support our NHS and care home workers, making sure the most vulnerable in our community are able to be cared for. Our employees have also gone above and beyond to support local foodbanks and other charity services to offer provisions in addition to food such as milk and boxes for distributing food parcels. I have seen much community spirit over the past weeks and it makes me exceptionally proud
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Don’t forget, we’re still helping people into work 1 May 2020

Published 1 May 2020
The Community Employment Team is continuing to help tenants back into work by offering a telephone support service during lockdown.

We want you to join in with our digital VE Day anniversary celebrations!30 April 2020

Published 30 April 2020
On Friday 8 May it is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, WDH employees planned to celebrate this in our Independent Living Schemes with residents and on our estates with community groups and residents, however due to the coronavirus outbreak this is no longer possible. We are still celebrating but will do it digitally instead!
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Your safety is our priority22 April 2020

Published 22 April 2020
Whilst the world is very much focused on coronavirus, as we all are, I’d like to take the opportunity to highlight the importance of safety. The safety and wellbeing of our tenants is our top priority.
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Don't burn your excess waste14 April 2020

Published 14 April 2020
We have recently seen a few incidents across the district involving garden fires. Due to the coronavirus outbreak Wakefield Council have taken the decision to suspend the collection of garden waste in order to maintain normal household and recycling waste collections.
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Getting the best deal for tenants through the Tenancy Ready Team

Published 9 July 2018

We strive to provide value for money to our tenants in all of our services. This extends beyond services such as building homes or repairs and maintenance, and includes services such as getting people into work, reducing debt, getting people online and providing skills and training. One such service is our Tenancy Ready Team (TRT).

Our TRT offers assistance to people who might not be able to access the Homesearch system to bid on a property. The team also offers support the tenants to maintain a successful tenancy, to help manage their finances and avoid falling into arrears. If they are vulnerable, then the team will make sure they have the correct support in place.

Referrals to the TRT can be made from other WDH teams such as the Care and Health Team, Estate Officers, Debt Team, Health Inequality Caseworkers, Cash Wise and OneCALL. Referrals can also come from partners through Medical Panel, Qualification Panel or Housing Needs Panel. Once referred, a dedicated TRT Officer is appointed as early as possible to provide tailored support to the applicant prior to obtaining a tenancy with us.

Who benefits and how

Since April 2017 we have provided support to 172 people and still have 114 active cases, supporting people through the transition of becoming a tenant. 

Results show that when people do engage with the service they have a 100% success rate in sustaining their tenancy.

Since April 2017, 107 tenancies have been maintained and not fallen into arrears or had any tenancy breach issues. Only 17 of the people we have supported in 2017 – 2018 have terminated their tenancies and are no longer tenants.

By providing these services we hope to add value to our tenants’ lives and help create confident communities. You can view our Value for Money Assurance Statement and provide your own feedback on how we provide value for money by clicking here.

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