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Graham breaks the record for the deepest blind salt water scuba dive! 17 March 2017

Published 17 March 2017
On 10 March Graham Owen, broke the blind salt water scuba diving depth record reaching an amazing 111 meters, beating the previous record of 105 meters.
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Hard work and dedication pays off for Phillip! 16 March 2017

Published 16 March 2017
Phillip Wagstaff is celebrating his new position as a Waste Management Technician at WDH, proving that hard work and dedication pays off.

The apprenticeship levy and making a success of it14 March 2017

Published 14 March 2017
With National Apprentice Week having just taken place, and WDH’s scheme gaining awareness online with our post advertising apprenticeships reaching 44,000 people in 3 days, now seems like a good time to look at the role that apprenticeship schemes are playing across the country and assess how we can move forward in this area following new government policies.

Residents in Castleford celebrate their improved homes!13 March 2017

Published 13 March 2017
Residents at WDH’s Springfield Independent Living Scheme were celebrating their newly refurbished homes today after completion of a £3.5 million refurbishment.

Local school takes part in the Great British Spring Clean13 March 2017

Published 13 March 2017
Streethouse School has teamed up with WDH to take part in the Great British Spring Clean, a campaign created to clean up local areas and reduce litter within the Wakefield district.
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Getting your electricals tested 6 March 2017

Published 6 March 2017
To follow best practice, we are now rolling out a programme of electrical testing for homes that have not been tested in the last five years.

Tenants in Pontefract get a sneak preview with WDH!6 March 2017

Published 6 March 2017
Fifteen tenants and residents from The Avenues in Pontefract wrapped up warm to join WDH’s Homebuilder Team for a tour of their estate to find out what they can expect when work begins on their gardens.

Girls from Castleford Academy take their first steps into Construction with WDH3 February 2017

Published 3 February 2017
WDH have teamed up with Castleford Academy to offer the first of their Girls into Construction taster sessions at The Store, WDH’s purpose built supply store and training facility in Normanton.

WDH’s Homebuilder team helping people get on the property ladder2 February 2017

Published 2 February 2017
WDH’s Homebuilder team is working hard to deliver five new homes in Outwood. The development on Bevin Close, is a mixture of two and three bed homes with some for rent and some for sale through Shared Ownership. Shared Ownership is a great way for people to get on the property ladder, for more information visit www.wdh.co.uk/AvailableProperties/SharedOwnership/ for more information.

Love Where You Live campaign clears 10 tonnes of rubbish 23 January 2017

Published 23 January 2017
On Tuesday 17 January, a team of people worked together to clean up areas of the Rivers estate in Airedale as part of the Love Where You Live campaign, which encourages residents to take pride in where they live.
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Learning the drill...


Learning the drill...

Published 19 February 2015



Pupils went on parade as they donned scaled-down firefighters' uniforms as part of a WDH backed project aimed at boosting their school attendance rates.

The CHOICE (Children Have Options Imagination Challenge and Experience) scheme allows youngsters aged nine to 11 to find out about the world of work and how going to school can improve their career prospects.

Several organisations are working together to deliver the scheme including WDH, Pontefract Education and Academies Trust, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire services, Wakefield College, British Transport Police and Wakefield Youth Offending Team.

Firefighter Instructor Joe Helme put a dozen youngsters from Pontefract, some from Carleton Park Primary School and others from The Rookeries Carleton Junior and Infant School, through their paces at Castleford Fire Station. Other Pontefract schools also taking part in the programme are Cobblers Lane, Orchard Head, St Giles and De-Lacy.

Annette Jones, CHOICE District Manager, said: " The programme includes a six-week fire fighting course to develop the children's team building skills, which ends in the middle of March and will also include a session on the repercussions and costs of making hoax emergency calls.

"It also includes a selection of taster sessions for young people in construction, mechanics, bricklaying and hair and beauty, which help them think about future career options."

Students are awarded points when they complete sections of the course and have a 'passing out parade' at the end of the 30-week programme.

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