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    Our website is now more accessible 13 November 2018

    Published 13 November 2018
    You may have noticed a slight change to our website. We have added a new tool which makes it more accessible and easy to read for some customers. You can now customise our website in a way that works for you. It now includes dyslexia friendly tools, an interactive dictionary, a translation tool with over 100 languages and an option to turn text to speech.
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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.
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    Christmas Calendar Donation10 November 2017

    Published 10 November 2017
    A collection of advent calendars were handed out at the local foodbanks by the WDH Cash Wise team ready for Christmas.

    Don’t let condensation be a pain this winter6 November 2017

    Published 6 November 2017
    At this time of year we receive calls from tenants about what they think is ‘damp’ in their homes – black mould spores or moisture which appears on walls and windows.

    Hot water systems safety advice1 November 2017

    Published 1 November 2017
    We want to ensure you are as safe as possible in your homes and are focusing on providing hot water safety advice now the weather is turning colder.

    Children and residents come together to improve their local park30 October 2017

    Published 30 October 2017
    Local children and residents gathered at Grasmere Park, in Knottingley, to show their support and discuss improvements to the area.

    Dishing out budget friendly recipes at the foodbank 26 October 2017

    Published 26 October 2017
    Employees at WDH dished out quick, tasty, cheap and easy to cook recipes to support the Pontefract Foodbank last week.

    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.
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    Praise for WDH's first environmental project continues to flood in!


    Praise for WDH's first environmental project continues to flood in!

    Published 20 January 2017

    Leanne Hancock, a tenant from South Avenue in Pontefract is one of the first residents from The Avenues, Pontefract to have her front and rear gardens completely redesigned as part of WDH's first in house environmental project.

    This project will see WDH provide off street parking for some residents, new boundary walls, fencing and gates. The scheme will also create two new green spaces for local residents to enjoy and is due to be completed in summer 2017.

    Leanne was full of praise for the work that has been completed on her garden, making her family feel much safer.

    She said: “I have lived here for five years now and when I first moved in the garden was a mess, I couldn’t use it.  Now my garden has been transformed. It is easy to manage and looks amazing! The lads who worked on it were friendly and polite and left my garden safe and tidy every day during the works.”

    Leanne is one of the first residents to have secure off road parking completed as part of her new garden.

    Leanne said: “The off street parking is something I had requested from the start of the project. I’m due to take my driving test soon and I’m so happy that I will be able to park my car safely and securely in my garden.”

    Leanne was also keen to praise WDH and Pervez Khaliq, Project Officer, for keeping tenants informed and simplifying the whole induction process with the use of a photo story showing what will happen at each stage during the project.

    She said: “The whole process has been fantastic from start to finish.  Pervez from the Homebuilder team at WDH has visited regularly to keep me informed about the progress of the works and any changes and really listened to what I wanted. There were lots of meetings for residents to attend at the beginning of the project with other WDH employees which really helped us to get our views across.”

    Pervez Khaliq, WDH's Project Officer Homebuilder added, “The smooth and seamless operation is down to providing high levels of customer care, excellent communication and remaining professional at all times. We understand the sensitivities of entering people’s gardens and carrying out changes and because of this our tenants are at the forefront of our minds.

    Showing respect and consideration for their garden space and possessions is of paramount importance. We take care to finish each day’s work by leaving their gardens tidy and most importantly making sure everything is left safe.”


    Below is a before and after photo showing the work completed in Leanne's garden.



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