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Annual Report 2017 launched!1 August 2017

Published 1 August 2017
We are extremely proud to launch this year’s Annual Report, which reflects on another successful year for WDH.
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Provide your views on urgent care at Pontefract Hospital with Healthwatch Wakefield24 July 2017

Published 24 July 2017
As part of the work that WDH does with partner organisations, we are helping Healthwatch Wakefield collect local people’s views on the services that are provided at Pontefract Hospital. They also would like to know what type of urgent care services you think could be provided there. The reason they are asking this now is that the contract to deliver urgent care at Pontefract Hospital is due for renewal next year so there is an opportunity to review the service. No decisions have been made yet about urgent care at Pontefract Hospital, as NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group believes the public should help shape the service. Healthwatch Wakefield is an independent organisation and wants to collect as many views as possible. If you would like to find out more and take the short survey please go to their website news section or click here.    
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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.
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Catwalk beckons for ‘Sewing Bee’ Julie3 July 2014

Published 3 July 2014
TV sewing sensation Julie Gromett is giving a new twist to tweed with two catwalk sessions at The Ridings shopping centre, Wakefield, on Sunday (6 July).

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Hatfeild Court welcomes residents back today2 July 2014

Published 2 July 2014
Hatfeild Court - our latest independent living scheme to be refurbished - welcomes residents back today.
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Make a difference with WDH1 July 2014

Published 1 July 2014
People from Normanton and Featherstone are being invited to have a say in shaping the future of their communities.

Stroke group use grant for kitchen improvements26 June 2014

Published 26 June 2014
A peer support group for stroke survivors has used a £1,000 WDH Community Grant to finish off a communal kitchen.

Final call for our Love Where You Live Awards24 June 2014

Published 24 June 2014
Do you know someone who works hard to make the Wakefield district a better place to live? Time’s running out to nominate them for this year’s WDH Love Where You Live Awards.

Jaglin Court residents try out armchair exercise16 June 2014

Published 16 June 2014
Residents at Jaglin Court in Featherstone have been taking part in armchair exercise classes as part of efforts by WDH to improve social interaction at the Independent Living Scheme.

WDH grant helps kit out local sports club 13 June 2014

Published 13 June 2014
A multi-skills sports club for young people with additional learning and physical needs has been given a helping hand with a WDH Community Grant of £693

Vision 2014 launched11 June 2014

Published 11 June 2014
We are proud to launch this year’s Vision milestone document, which shows our progress to our latest strategic objective of ‘offering tenants real choice and opportunity by 2015’.

Computers are just the job for South Kirkby tenants10 June 2014

Published 10 June 2014
A work club in South Kirkby have been given an important boost after the arrival of six computers from WDH.

Homebuilder match Considerate Constructor record9 June 2014

Published 9 June 2014
The WDH Homebuilder team are celebrating after matching their best ever score for a first site visit by the Considerate Constructor scheme (CCS)
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ILS residents enjoy chair-based exercises10 April 2015

Published 10 April 2015
Residents at WDH’s city centre Independent Living Scheme, Hatfeild Court, took part in a free chair-based exercise taster session last week as part of an initiative to help those with reduced mobility stay fit.

Croftlands helps to combat isolation9 April 2015

Published 9 April 2015
Dozens of people visited WDH’s Croftlands Independent Living Scheme in Ossett on Tuesday to find out what it has to offer.
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Blooming good fun at Benson Lane bungalows7 April 2015

Published 7 April 2015
Youngsters saw the fruits – or rather, the flowers – of their labours when they returned to a planting project at WDH’s Benson Lane bungalows in Normanton.
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Easter office closures2 April 2015

Published 2 April 2015
All WDH service access points including the Hub at the Bull Ring, Wakefield will be closed from Good Friday (3 April) to Easter Monday, reopening on Tuesday morning, 7 April 2015.
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Learning Programme begins this month!1 April 2015

Published 1 April 2015
Our Community Learning Programme starts this month and offers FREE courses to tenants and people living on our estates.

Glasshoughton’s greener on the other side of our Day of Action1 April 2015

Published 1 April 2015
Glasshoughton streets are cleaner and greener thanks to an Environmental Day of Action organised by the Wakefield Together partnership of WDH, Wakefield Council and West Yorkshire Police.
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Love where you live and don’t leave litter!26 March 2015

Published 26 March 2015
Pupils from Normanton Common Primary School took part in a “spring clean” to tidy up land near WDH’s Hopetown Walk bungalows.

Ossett SAP currently closed26 March 2015

Published 26 March 2015
Our Ossett Service Access Point - located at Ossett Library - is currently closed  while construction work is carried out. The nearest alternative office is: WDH Hub, Bull Ring, Wakefield. Opening hours:Monday to Friday - 9.00 to 16.30Thursday Late night - 19.00Saturday - 9.00 to 12 noon Please note that the WDH Hub will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday. It will re-open on Tuesday 7 April. You call also call our customer contact centre, OneCALL on: 0345 8 507 507 We apologise for any inconvenience.
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Improve your skills with a free course25 March 2015

Published 25 March 2015
Free courses for WDH tenants are already attracting lots of interest – so don’t miss out, sign up now!

Look out for WDH Easter activities!25 March 2015

Published 25 March 2015
WDH Easter Activity Camps are taking place across the district over the school holidays.
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Three shears for growing business!
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Three shears for growing business!

Published 18 February 2015

The owner of a dog-grooming parlour in Kettlethorpe has taken on two members of staff as her business continues to grow.

Mandy Abrams opened Hair off the Dog on Hoyland Road just over three years ago and for a long time ran the shop on her own.

But her hard work and dedication to her dream business soon led to a waiting list of shaggy haired pooches, allowing her to take on two new employees to cope with the increased demand.

She has also shared some of her success with the community, spending £500 to buy and sponsor a new kit and training tracksuit for Crofton Juniors Under 14 – who ended their 28 match losing run on the first occasion they wore the new strip by securing a 1-1 draw.

Mandy, who rents her shop from WDH’s Commercial Property section and has just extended her lease for another five years, said: “Without the help of WDH setting up my business three and a half years ago I would never have been in a position to help others, let alone have the confidence to extend my lease for another five years.

“I now employ two members of staff which is a great step forward and obviously just shows what can be achieved.”

Jo Bamford, Commercial Property Surveyor at WDH, said: “I am so pleased that Mandy’s hard work has paid off and it’s great that she is now in a position to be able to take on staff. It’s another example of the entrepreneurial spirit of those people in our district who are willing to take on a property and create a successful business from scratch.”

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