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New and improved service access point (SAP) coming to Pontefract soon!9 March 2018

Published 9 March 2018
Pontefract SAP will be closing from Monday 12 March 2018 for approximately eight weeks whilst we refurbish and improve the facilities.

Our Love Where You Live Awards are back for a seventh year!5 March 2018

Published 5 March 2018
Young achievers and community heroes in the Wakefield district who make a positive difference to our communities will be celebrated in our seventh annual Love Where You Live awards.

Loss of heating and emergency repairs 2 March 2018

Published 2 March 2018
We are continuing to work hard to reach all our tenants who have reported loss of heating or other emergency repairs.
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Severe Weather – Emergency Repairs1 March 2018

Published 1 March 2018
We are receiving high volumes of repair related calls today due to the severe weather. Emergency repairs including loss of heating are being prioritised but it is taking extra time for our operatives to travel around the district.
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SAP closure due to weather conditions28 February 2018

Published 28 February 2018
Please note due to the adverse weather conditions our Service Access Points will be closed from 3.30 pm today.
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SAP closure for training (Tuesday 27 February at noon) 19 February 2018

Published 19 February 2018
Our service access points (SAPs) will be closed on Tuesday 27 February at 12 noon for employee training. They will reopen on Wednesday 28 February as normal.
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Volunteers renovate Wakefield Hospice15 February 2018

Published 15 February 2018
A team of six painters from WDH volunteered their own time to help Wakefield Hospice to paint and decorate in the communal areas of the building.
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Baileygate Court Independent Living Scheme, the perfect place to live!14 February 2018

Published 14 February 2018
Joyce Schofield, 88, has recently moved back to her newly renovated flat at WDH’s Baileygate Court Independent Living Scheme in the centre of Pontefract from her temporary home in Featherstone.

WDH and Senior Citizens Support Group event goes down a treat14 February 2018

Published 14 February 2018
WDH teamed up with the Senior Citizens Support Group to hold a joint event last week for over 100 members and local residents in Horbury.
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Springfield residents reminisce on the radio13 February 2018

Published 13 February 2018
Residents at Springfield Independent Living Scheme in Castleford shared their fondest memories when they were joined by Five Towns Radio’s Trevor Wainwright.
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Our services during lockdown4 November 2020

Published 4 November 2020
From Thursday 5 November 2020 West Yorkshire will join the rest of England in a National Lockdown. Though this is difficult for all of us facing further restrictions, it is necessary to limit the spread of the virus and ease the mounting pressures on our NHS and our health professionals. Much like during the first lockdown period, we will continue to work hard so that the restrictions have minimal impact upon the services we are able to offer you directly and we will continue, alongside our partners to provide you with as much help and support as possible.
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WDH’s Commercial Team supported me and my business during the pandemic29 October 2020

Published 29 October 2020
Damien Schofield is the owner of George A Green fisheries in Lupset, one of the top nine fish shops in the Wakefield district! He has rented his premises from WDH for over 13 years after taking over from the previous owner. During the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown his doors had to remain closed but he was supported by WDH’s Commercial Property Team.

Keeping our communities safe for Bonfire Night26 October 2020

Published 26 October 2020
Our community safety team are supporting West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in raising awareness to keep our tenants and communities safer this year. Due to the pandemic forcing cancellation of organised events, concerns have been raised that this could result in homeowners taking to their gardens for a private bonfire this bonfire night. Community Safety Manager, Gary Lumb said: “We all know that Bonfire Night is a great British tradition and brings with it a strong sense of community spirit which is very much enjoyed within all WDH neighbourhoods. However, this year we must ask all our customers to fully respect the advice and guidance given by the West Yorkshire Fire Service to refrain from having a bonfire in their garden.” He added: “We always want all our tenants, residents and their families to be safe, but also encourage everyone to protect the health and safety of our tremendous emergency services and fully support their work. These are exceptional times, and it is very important that our Fire, Police and Ambulance services are not placed at risk by responding to emergency situations that are preventable. We all hope that activities such as this can return in the way we have always known next year, but in the meantime, please do not have a garden bonfire and help keep you and your neighbours safe.” The West Yorkshire Fire Service said: “We are about to enter a very unusual bonfire period whilst the country is in the midst of tackling a pandemic. We are very conscious of the potential dangers associated with people taking to their gardens to host their own bonfire." They added: "Handling fireworks is best left to the professionals and with public events cancelled, our plea to residents this year is to not risk being injured or having to call on the emergency services or NHS at a time when they are so desperately needed in the collective fight against Coronavirus.”   Visit the WYFRS advice and guidance page for bonfire night.   

We are working together to provide more homes and improve lives21 October 2020

Published 21 October 2020
New housing association partnership sets five devolution ambitions for West Yorkshire WDH is one of a group of housing associations who have today published a prospectus outlining detailed proposals on how to provide more homes and improve lives across West Yorkshire as the region prepares to choose its first metro mayor.
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A digital celebration for this year’s Love Where You Live winners!21 October 2020

Published 21 October 2020
Tenants, residents and community groups were among the winners at WDH’s first ever digital Love Where You Live Awards grand final. The event, which is sponsored by Sodexo, was held online on WDH’s social media channels for the first time ever due to Coronavirus halting social gatherings. Whilst nominees weren’t able to get together in person, the awards made sure that the community heroes who make the Wakefield district a better place to live were celebrated.

Stay home and support your communities15 October 2020

Published 15 October 2020
This week the Government announced that additional local restrictions will be applied to Wakefield and the West Yorkshire area from Wednesday, 14 October 2020. This means we are now in Local Alert Level 2 (High Alert) on the three tier scale.
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The Foundation Grant scheme is back 13 October 2020

Published 13 October 2020
If you are living in a WDH property and aged over 16, our Foundation Grant Scheme gives you the chance to apply for up to £1,500 in any one year to help with educational support or to improve your job opportunities and you don’t have to pay it back.

Want to know more about what independent living from WDH is? Watch our myth busting video! 13 October 2020

Published 13 October 2020
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted more than ever how WDH’s independent living schemes can provide the right support at the right time to help some of our more vulnerable residents to remain independent in their own home.

Care Link is supporting Falls Prevention Week (1-8 October 2020)1 October 2020

Published 1 October 2020
This week is Falls Prevention Week (1-8 October 2020) and our Care Link Team is raising awareness of how the service could help support you and your loved ones.
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Adapting our services and supporting you 25 September 2020

Published 25 September 2020
As you will know, we’ve had to adapt the way we provide some of our services over the past months in response to Coronavirus.
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Smawthorne’s Week of Action21 October 2015

Published 21 October 2015
A litter pick organised by WDH and partners gave part of Castleford a lift on Monday and helped kick off the events for Smawthorne’s Love Where You Live Week.

NHF Chief Exec pays us a visit21 October 2015

Published 21 October 2015
Our aspiring leaders met with the Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) during a visit last week.
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Improvement work showcased at Halberg House20 October 2015

Published 20 October 2015
Recently we held an event at Halberg House in Pontefract to showcase to the local community the improvements that have been made to it as part of our programme of work to modernise our independent living schemes.
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Cash Wise support service goes social19 October 2015

Published 19 October 2015
A Big Lottery funded project that provides intensive one to one support sessions and interactive workshops to help people make the most out of their money has taken to social media by launching a dedicated Facebook page.
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Flanshaw residents day of action15 October 2015

Published 15 October 2015
WDH teamed up with Wakefield Together Partners which include: Wakefield Council, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire Service and local residents to take part in a day of action.

Jackie Farrell is our Competition Winner!15 October 2015

Published 15 October 2015
Congratulations to Jackie Farrell, the winner of our Love Where You Live Awards video sharing competition!

Homebuilder completes its 50th new property14 October 2015

Published 14 October 2015
Our Homebuilder team has achieved its latest major landmark by completing their 50th new build property.
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WDH support National Hate Crime Awareness Week13 October 2015

Published 13 October 2015
WDH is proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness week in order to help challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination within local communities.

Cash for Confident Communities in our 10th Anniversary Year13 October 2015

Published 13 October 2015
We have launched our 10th Anniversary Grant Scheme to help local community and voluntary groups fund projects benefiting people across the district.

Highlights from our Love Where You Live Awards 201513 October 2015

Published 13 October 2015
Watch a video of the highlights from our 2015 Love Where You Live Awards.
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Tenants are picture perfect!8 January 2015

Published 8 January 2015
WDH tenants in Wakefield improved their photography skills with a session at The Hepworth Wakefield.
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WDH support young people to graduate6 January 2015

Published 6 January 2015
WDH has supported a group of young people to redecorate a youth club as part of the National Citizen Service scheme.
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Happy New Year!31 December 2014

Published 31 December 2014
We wish everyone a very Happy New Year 2015.
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Annual Report 2016 launched!1 August 2016

Published 1 August 2016
We are extremely proud to launch this year’s Annual Report, which reflects on another successful year for WDH - delivering promises and improve the lives of local people.
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Cash Wise supports 2000th participant25 July 2016

Published 25 July 2016
An initiative designed to help social housing tenants better manage their finances has helped over 2000 people in the three years since its creation.
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Kettlethorpe man finds work with help from WDH’s Work Club18 July 2016

Published 18 July 2016
A local work club has helped a tenant from Kettlethorpe, who was unemployed for five years, to find work at the Manygates Adult Education Centre in Wakefield.

Vision 2016 launched18 July 2016

Published 18 July 2016
We are extremely proud to introduce this year’s Vision update which highlights how we intend to reach our latest milestone – becoming an enterprise delivering social impacts by 2020.
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Young people learn horticultural skills15 July 2016

Published 15 July 2016
Young people across the district are learning key workplace skills thanks to a new joint initiative between the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), WDH and local partners.
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Airedale residents take part in the Three Streets Love Where You Live Event 11 July 2016

Published 11 July 2016
Residents living on Milnes Grove, Kershaw Avenue and Graham Street in Airedale took part in the Three Streets Love Where You Live Event hosted by WDH and The Airedale Neighbourhood Management Board to help them clean up the area.

Cold Calling Control Zone set up to protect tenants in Eastmoor8 July 2016

Published 8 July 2016
WDH, in partnership with West Yorkshire Trading Standards and West Yorkshire Police, has launched another Cold Calling Control Zone on Greenhill Road and Stanley Road in Eastmoor, Wakefield.
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It’s Trip Trip Hooray thanks to a grant from WDH5 July 2016

Published 5 July 2016
Members of The Five Towns Stroke Group are now enjoying more trips this summer thanks to a grant of over £2,000 from WDH as part of its 10 year anniversary grant initiative.

OneCALL phone system essential maintenance1 July 2016

Published 1 July 2016
Between 7pm Sunday (3 July) and 7.30am Monday (4 July) our OneCALL phone system will be undergoing essential maintenance, which may mean a delay in answering your call.
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Cash boost for community groups1 July 2016

Published 1 July 2016
Cash boost for community groups
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Everyone can do it; save lives!3 September 2015

Published 3 September 2015
WDH is running a free awareness day for people to learn basic life saving skills at Light Waves Leisure Centre, Wakefield, on 5 September.
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18 trade apprentices join WDH28 August 2015

Published 28 August 2015
18 apprentices have joined WDH as part of the organisation’s 2015 apprenticeship scheme.

Senior citizens group celebrates 5th birthday 27 August 2015

Published 27 August 2015
A support group for over 60s who live in Horbury, Ossett and west Wakefield recently celebrated their fifth birthday with a party at their new and recently renovated headquarters.
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Skills gained and friendships made24 October 2014

Published 24 October 2014
Nearly 50 people signed up for the summer Community Learning Programme run by WDH in partnership with Wakefield Council’s Adult and Community Education Service.

Residents spring into action by planting bulbs21 October 2014

Published 21 October 2014
Green-fingered tenants at WDH's Springhills Independent Living Scheme are already preparing for spring by planting a variety of bulbs.

Lantern festival lights up Pontefract20 October 2014

Published 20 October 2014
Over 3,000 people attended the third annual Pontefract Lantern Festival at the weekend.
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ICT Update17 October 2014

Published 17 October 2014
Please note that this website will be temporarily unavailable on Saturday afternoon (18 October) due to essential maintenance to our IT systems.
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WDH’s stakeholder event success 17 October 2014

Published 17 October 2014
Wakefield and District Housing’s (WDH) first ever major stakeholder event – ‘Writing Our Own Future’ – has encouraged partners to help shape the way the landlord provides it services over the coming years.

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Our 2014 Love Where You Live Award Highlights13 October 2014

Published 13 October 2014
A video highlight of our 2014 Love Where You Live Awards

WDH adds support to gas safety campaign13 October 2014

Published 13 October 2014
WDH has added its support to a national campaign to give social landlords the right legal access to carry out annual gas safety checks.
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Cash Wise reach 400th participant10 October 2014

Published 10 October 2014
WDH’s Cash Wise initiative has reached a landmark figure after the 400th participant attended the programme.

Our Community Group Award winner is...10 October 2014

Published 10 October 2014
Havercroft Children’s Centre won the Community Group category at our 2014 Love Where You Live Awards.

Working with Young People 2014: Friends of Fryston Woods9 October 2014

Published 9 October 2014
Friends of Fryston Woods collected two gongs at our 2014 Love Where You Live Awards – Working with Young People and Green Hero.
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New and improved service access point (SAP) coming to Pontefract soon!9 March 2018

Published 9 March 2018
Pontefract SAP will be closing from Monday 12 March 2018 for approximately eight weeks whilst we refurbish and improve the facilities.

Our Love Where You Live Awards are back for a seventh year!5 March 2018

Published 5 March 2018
Young achievers and community heroes in the Wakefield district who make a positive difference to our communities will be celebrated in our seventh annual Love Where You Live awards.

Loss of heating and emergency repairs 2 March 2018

Published 2 March 2018
We are continuing to work hard to reach all our tenants who have reported loss of heating or other emergency repairs.
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Severe Weather – Emergency Repairs1 March 2018

Published 1 March 2018
We are receiving high volumes of repair related calls today due to the severe weather. Emergency repairs including loss of heating are being prioritised but it is taking extra time for our operatives to travel around the district.
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SAP closure due to weather conditions28 February 2018

Published 28 February 2018
Please note due to the adverse weather conditions our Service Access Points will be closed from 3.30 pm today.
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SAP closure for training (Tuesday 27 February at noon) 19 February 2018

Published 19 February 2018
Our service access points (SAPs) will be closed on Tuesday 27 February at 12 noon for employee training. They will reopen on Wednesday 28 February as normal.
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Volunteers renovate Wakefield Hospice15 February 2018

Published 15 February 2018
A team of six painters from WDH volunteered their own time to help Wakefield Hospice to paint and decorate in the communal areas of the building.
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Baileygate Court Independent Living Scheme, the perfect place to live!14 February 2018

Published 14 February 2018
Joyce Schofield, 88, has recently moved back to her newly renovated flat at WDH’s Baileygate Court Independent Living Scheme in the centre of Pontefract from her temporary home in Featherstone.

WDH and Senior Citizens Support Group event goes down a treat14 February 2018

Published 14 February 2018
WDH teamed up with the Senior Citizens Support Group to hold a joint event last week for over 100 members and local residents in Horbury.
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Springfield residents reminisce on the radio13 February 2018

Published 13 February 2018
Residents at Springfield Independent Living Scheme in Castleford shared their fondest memories when they were joined by Five Towns Radio’s Trevor Wainwright.
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We've won a design award!
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We've won a design award!

Published 25 February 2016

Last week Halberg House achieved first place in the residential category of the Pontefract Civic Society Annual Design Awards.

Halberg House is our tenth and largest Independent Living Scheme to be modernised, with work completed in August 2015. The scheme, which contains 63 fully occupied flats, was recognised for its modern design, new façade, courtyard and gardens. Its facilities include an extended communal lounge, scooter store, spa room and hair dressing salon - all contributing to meeting the wellbeing and support needs of residential customers in the Pontefract area.

David Thorpe, Senior Independent Living Officer, said: “Halberg House has become our flagship scheme in Pontefract. To achieve recognition for this building from the Pontefract Civic Society is a fantastic achievement and testament to both the workmanship and the working relations that go on behind the scenes to deliver a project of this scale. We provide a fantastic support service inside the building, but now we have something to be proud of from the outside too.”

Martin Symons, Senior Project Officer, said: “This is the largest scheme our Independent Living Improvement Team have undertaken. Experience, expertise and most important the culture of teamwork within WDH facilitated the completion of the project. It’s an appropriate conclusion to our 10th scheme in WDH’s 10th year.”

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