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Musgrave Court in Wakefield welcomes residents back12 April 2019

Published 12 April 2019
Musgrave Court, our latest independent living scheme to be refurbished, has begun welcoming its residents, old and new, back to their new and improved homes.

WDH Community Grants available now8 April 2019

Published 8 April 2019
Local groups can apply for up to £1500 to help fund community projects between 8 April -17 May.

Easter opening times5 April 2019

Published 5 April 2019
All of our offices and service access points (SAPs) will be closed from Thursday 18 April and will reopen on Tuesday 22 April.
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Council Tax changes – have your say4 April 2019

Published 4 April 2019
Wakefield Council are considering changes to the way Council Tax Support is calculated from 1 April 2020 and are asking for your thoughts on the proposals. A public consultation will run from 6 March to 6 June 2019. The changes are intended to make it simpler and easier to understand. Full background details of the proposed changes and the reason for these changes can be found on the Council website.
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Cold Calling Control Zone set up to protect tenants in Normanton3 April 2019

Published 3 April 2019
WDH, in partnership with West Yorkshire Trading Standards and West Yorkshire Police, has launched a Cold Calling Control Zone at Benson Lane, and the surrounding streets, in Normanton
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Are you involved in any community or voluntary groups?20 March 2019

Published 20 March 2019
WDH are hosting a Funding Fair in partnership with Communities Together Forum this evening (Wednesday 20 March). There will be a number of funders including ourselves, Community Foundation Wakefield, Big Lottery Fund and many more. The event will be held between 4 pm to and 7 pm at WDH’s Navigation House, Whistler Drive, Castleford, WF10 5HX. Drop in to find out more.
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Look out for bogus texts20 March 2019

Published 20 March 2019
It has been brought to our attention that some of our tenants have been receiving text messages from someone claiming to be the Council. The messages are advising people that they can receive a refund from the Council and to visit a link to a website that they describe as ‘secure’. This is not a secure website, do not click this link if you receive this text. Those who have clicked the link have been charged. Luckily the people that have been victim to these texts have, in this instance, had all their money refunded.
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Back to school for creative residents 19 March 2019

Published 19 March 2019
WDH residents in Pontefract and Knottingley have taken part in a 10 week course to achieve a qualification in arts and crafts.

Over 500 litres of paint recycled15 March 2019

Published 15 March 2019
A splash of colour will go back into community projects after the painting and decorating team donated over 500 litres of paint to be reused.

Do you dare to be different? 14 March 2019

Published 14 March 2019
Our apprentices are open to anyone and this year we are supporting the Girls in Construction campaign. The campaign shows girls that they can do whatever they want. We are working with schools, offering taster sessions for girls at The Stores, Normanton to show them what is involved and to encourage them to consider a career in construction. Caroline joined WDH as an Apprentice Plumber 12 years ago and enjoys everything about it. The challenges, the variety and the people she gets the opportunity to work with make her job great. Construction isn’t just for men, girls can do it too.  Click here to watch the Girls in Construction video.  
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Ferry Fryston streets are cleaner, greener and safer20 August 2015

Published 20 August 2015
WDH worked with partners to undertake a series of action weeks to renew our commitment to the communities.

Tenants save money by using 03 number19 August 2015

Published 19 August 2015
WDH is asking tenants to make sure they contact their OneCALL team on their 0345 number to save money on the cost of calls.
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Don’t miss out on the benefits! Get online!15 August 2015

Published 15 August 2015
WDH’s Digital Angels are providing free learning sessions about how to get online in South Elmsall and Airedale next week (18 - 19 August).

Relocation of services from Ossett Library 12 August 2015

Published 12 August 2015
As part of our plans to continue providing a value for money service, from Friday 28 August we are relocating services from Ossett Library to our WDH Hub on the Bull Ring shopping precinct in Wakefield.
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Artist exhibits work thanks to Foundation Grant11 August 2015

Published 11 August 2015
A budding artist from Horbury who received a £500 grant from WDH to help showcase his work is now exhibiting 10 of his paintings for the first time.
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Cash Wise hits Big Lottery target6 August 2015

Published 6 August 2015
A Big Lottery funded initiative that’s helping social housing tenants to tackle their debt and maintain their financial independence has smashed its target six months ahead of schedule.

Wrays Homes celebrate 100th birthday5 August 2015

Published 5 August 2015
Residents, trustees and guests of the almshouse charity, Wrays Homes, in Ossett celebrated the building’s 100th birthday recently with a garden party.

Kettlethorpe is blooming thanks to planting session3 August 2015

Published 3 August 2015
Kettlethorpe residents recently had the opportunity to join our Love Where You Live planting event.
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Happy Birthday to SOUL Portobello!3 August 2015

Published 3 August 2015
Portobello residents celebrated the 10th anniversary of SOUL in style last Thursday with an event at Manygates Park.
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OneCALL phone system maintenance 1 August 2015

Published 1 August 2015
At 8am tomorrow morning our OneCALL phone system will be undergoing routine maintenance. Please bear with us if you're trying to get in touch at this time as you may experience a delay in contacting an advisor.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 
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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.

Praise for WDH's first environmental project continues to flood in!20 January 2017

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 our first in house environmental project.

Get the WDH App17 January 2017

Published 17 January 2017
It’s now even easier for you to manage your WDH account. With the WDH App you can access all of your details on the go from your Apple or Android device.
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Pupils take part in Dragons' Den competition
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Pupils take part in Dragons' Den competition

Published 17 July 2014

 

A team of young aspiring entrepreneurs from a school in Pontefract has won an enterprise competition organised by WDH.

Year nine pupils from across Wakefield were invited to pitch their business ideas to a ‘Dragons’ Den’ of expert judges last week, with groups of up to six competing to receive financial support for their idea. As part of the judging process teams were asked to present their business idea, explaining how it is sustainable and meets the needs of people living within the Wakefield district.

From a field including Crofton School, Freeston School, Wakefield City Academy and Kettlethorpe High School, The Kings School in Pontefract was eventually crowned the competition winners with their business ‘Request a Read’ – a personalised audio book for older people who have difficulty reading. The idea was chosen ahead of a job van, a store selling personalised items, an activity bus and a school-based smoothie stall.

Speaking about the event, WDH’s Chief Executive Kevin Dodd, who acted as a judge on the day, said: “The quality of the pitches was excellent, but in the end we chose the idea that best matched the values of WDH. Whilst we’ll try to work with all teams to help them progress their businesses, the winning team receives a contribution towards their start-up funding and support from us to help ensure that the business continues in the future.” 

WDH hosts an annual school enterprise competition as part of its commitment to developing and empowering young people, so they are encouraged to go on to become local community leaders.

 

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