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Thank you to our stakeholders28 March 2017

Published 28 March 2017
Stakeholder Survey raises £520 for the Community Leadership Programme. Our Stakeholder Survey is carried out biennially and gathers feedback from a range of stakeholders on their perception of WDH, how they want to be communicated with and how they think we could improve.  This year, in an effort to increase response rates, we donated £5 for each response to our Community Leadership Programme as an incentive to complete the survey. We received 104 responses, raising £520.  This will part fund a young person’s place on our Outward Bound Skills for Life Programme, which is a 19 day intensive programme.  The course can provide life changing experience for a young person, aiming to develop self-confidence and self-belief, communication, resilience and team working skills and showing individuals how to make the most of the opportunities they’re given.  
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The Great Wakefield Spring Clean27 March 2017

Published 27 March 2017
WDH has been working with local schools and partners, including Wakefield Council, to support the Great British Spring Clean.
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WDH celebrates 12th anniversary21 March 2017

Published 21 March 2017
Today marks the 12th anniversary of our launch in 2005 and, to help celebrate it, we’re sharing some of our key achievements from over the past 12 months.
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St Patrick’s Day celebrations20 March 2017

Published 20 March 2017
Youngsters from St Helens Primary School choir celebrated St Patrick’s Day by singing songs, playing bingo and taking part in craft activities with residents at WDH’s Ashfield House Independent Living Scheme in Hemsworth last week.

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.

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.
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Foundation Grant success for WDH tenant 4 January 2018

Published 4 January 2018
A local woman who regularly attended a WDH work club in Pontefract has successfully passed her Phlebotomy course after receiving a WDH Foundation Grant.

Baileygate Court residents welcome in the New Year in their new home3 January 2018

Published 3 January 2018
Baileygate Court residents, both new and old, celebrated Christmas and New Year in style in their newly refurbished homes after major improvement works to the Independent Living Scheme were completed.

Hatfeild Court residents enjoy a festive concert14 December 2017

Published 14 December 2017
Residents and their guests at Hatfield Court Independent Living Scheme in Wakefield recently enjoyed a sing-a-long carol concert with pupils from Greenhill Primary School.

Airedale and South Elmsall SAP closure (Friday 15 December)8 December 2017

Published 8 December 2017
Airedale and South Elmsall service access points (SAPs) will be closed on Friday 15 December. They will reopen on Monday 18 December as normal.

CoActive Arts are awarded £1,000 to improve their services7 December 2017

Published 7 December 2017
CoActive Arts has been awarded a WDH Community Grant for £1,000.

WDH is helping tenants to see loved ones this Christmas23 November 2017

Published 23 November 2017
WDH is working with tenants who are facing Christmas alone this year to reach out to their loved ones with the power of the internet. Our team of Digital Angels will be visiting tenants across the district to help them to wish family and friends a Merry Christmas using video link.  Mick Walsh, Director of Housing, said: “Isolation and loneliness can be an issue for some people, especially at Christmas. We’re going to try to help our tenants who might be alone at Christmas this year to connect with their loved ones . A lot of people have mobile phones or tablets but don’t realise they can use them to video call. Our Digital Angels work with tenants across the district throughout the year to help to get them online and make the most of technology they have access to. We hope that, by offering this help, we can help reduce loneliness amongt some of the most vulnerable in our community and bring a little extra Christmas cheer this year.” According to figures from Age UK, 200,000 older people across the UK have not had a conversation with friends or family for a month. We hope to tackle that this Christmas.   
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WDH set to deliver national webinar for the Chartered Institute of Housing22 November 2017

Published 22 November 2017
The Debt and Cash Wise teams at WDH will be delivering a webinar to housing professionals across the UK on 6 December.
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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.
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Standbridge Lane Community Centre is ready to cook!
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Standbridge Lane Community Centre is ready to cook!

Published 6 October 2015

Standbridge Lane Community Centre in Kettlethorpe has now opened its new kitchen facilities thanks to support from WDH, and has plans to hold Cook and Eat courses for local residents.

The kitchen underwent a big transformation with the help of the centre’s volunteers who cleaned it from top to bottom, a group of young volunteers who helped paint the kitchen and staff from WDH who completed joinery and plumbing works.

Following the opening of the kitchen, the Community Centre is now working with the Community Food and Health Team from the South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust to provide Cook and Eat classes for local residents.

The classes will involve cooking and eating healthy dishes but will also promote healthy eating, confidence in the kitchen as well as shopping and budgeting advice. The sessions last for 2 hours and the course itself lasts 5 weeks. For more details or to book email foodandhealthteam@swyt.nhs.uk.

Councillor Monica Graham said: “I want to thank everyone for their help in getting the kitchen up and running and enable us to get this healthy eating project started. This is only the beginning we have had more money pledged in order to help us achieve our dream turn the kitchen into a Community Café.”

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