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WDH shows tenants how to save money and be energy efficient19 July 2017

Published 19 July 2017
WDH’s Sustainability Team will be visiting Esther Grove Estate on 26 July between 1pm and 2pm to give advice on saving energy and saving money.

Chinwag Club stays open with WDH Community Grant11 July 2017

Published 11 July 2017
Members of the Chinwag Club are delighted to be able to carry on with their activities thanks to a grant of £1500 from WDH.   The Club, for people over 50, meets every Monday afternoon at Balne Lane  Community Centre. The Club provides an opportunity for older people to make friends and keep active. The group play bingo, cards and do chair based exercises. They often organise guest speakers and people to teach a variety of crafts and activities. Violet Chaltone, one member of the Club said: "It can feel really lonely when you live on your own. I enjoy coming to the Club for company. This is my regular activity to look forward every week." Chris Croxall, Tenant Involvement Officer at WDH said: "The area needs more organisations like Chinwag Club. Some of the members are disabled or on low income and the Club gives them a chance to socialise. By coming together regularly it improves the quality of life and avoids isolation. " The grant will help them to pay towards the annual rent and the cost of running the Club. The club always welcomes new members. If you would like to join or know someone who would be interested, please contact Balne Lane Community Centre on 01924 373558. Applications for WDH Community Grant Scheme will be open again on 7 August 2017. For more information please visit https://www.wdh.co.uk/OurCommunities.

Win your summer holiday! 11 July 2017

Published 11 July 2017
We are giving you the chance to win a family break away this summer.
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Fire safety message to WDH tenants7 July 2017

Published 7 July 2017
After the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London last week our thoughts are with all those affected.
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Meet The Mitchells from Crigglestone, our newest Shared Ownership customers!7 July 2017

Published 7 July 2017
Darren and Josy Mitchell from Wakefield are the latest couple to get on the property ladder with our Shared Ownership scheme.

Pupils from Ackworth unveil their new street name 6 July 2017

Published 6 July 2017
Children from Bell Lane Academy in Ackworth have visited new homes nearby to unveil the name of the street that they chose.
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SAPs closed for training - Wednesday 5 July4 July 2017

Published 4 July 2017
Our service access points (SAPs) will be closed on Wednesday 5 July from 12 noon for employee training. They will reopen on Thursday 6 July as normal.
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Community Learning Programme 20173 July 2017

Published 3 July 2017
Our popular Community Learning Programme is back.

Thank you for your feedback27 June 2017

Published 27 June 2017
Thank you to everyone who took part in our latest tenant satisfaction survey, which was carried out over the telephone by customer experience specialists, TLF to make sure the results are independent.
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Fire safety message to WDH tenants22 June 2017

Published 22 June 2017
After the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London last week our thoughts are with all those affected. We understand that our tenants may be concerned about the safety of our high rise accommodation
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Graham breaks the record for the deepest blind salt water scuba dive!
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Graham breaks the record for the deepest blind salt water scuba dive!

Published 17 March 2017

On 10 March Graham Owen,  broke the blind salt water scuba diving depth record reaching an amazing 111 metres, beating the previous record of 105 metres.

Graham, works as an Estate Support Officer for WDH in Airedale and lost his sight 16 years ago. He relies on his guide dog, Gypsy, who he takes to work with his every day. He took on this challenge to raise money for Guide Dogs and in memory of his friend Paula Blakemore. 

Graham said: “In 2007 I was lucky enough to be matched with my first guide dog Gunner and on Gunner’s retirement I started training with Gypsy.  I am very lucky, I live what is for me at any rate, a busy and, for the most part, fulfilling life, made possible by amazing family, friends and not least Gypsy.  I am, however, one of the few who are lucky enough to have the benefit of a guide dog.“

Graham and his two friends, Steve Arnold and Albi Roberts, travelled to Egypt last week to carry out the dive in the Red Sea.

When asked how the dive went, Graham said: “It went really well at one point I had a hand on each tectonic plate so I was touching Africa and Asia at the same time, it was amazing! There was quite a strong current during the dive and it was difficult for me getting down below the sea bed. However once we got down to depth I really enjoyed it and felt very comfortable. I am so pleased to have broken the record and all the support from home has being overwhelming!”

There are currently 5,500 guide dogs in service and the cost of a guide dog is £50,000 throughout their working life.  If Graham successfully raises £2,500 he will be able to name a new guide dog puppy that will go on to help someone else with sight loss regain a bit of their independence. If successful with his fundraising, Graham plans to name a new puppy after his first guide dog, Gunner, who helped him regain his mobility and confidence after he lost his sight.

Graham said: “It felt amazing to have so much support. I really just want to thank everyone for their interest and for donating. It really does make a difference.”

If you would like to donate in honour of Graham breaking this record please donate here or use one of the sponsorship forms in Airedale Service Access Point.

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