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WDH’s stakeholder event success

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.

The event, at the recently-refurbished Unity Works in Wakefield city centre, attracted representatives from nearly 80 partner organisations, who discussed the different issues affecting Wakefield’s communities and how they can work together to improve life for tenants and residents.

The event was opened by WDH Chief Executive, Kevin Dodd, who introduced the four key themes of the day: opportunities for all, building better places, a digital future and health and wellbeing.

Keynote speeches were then presented by Paul Reid - Managing Director at Reid Aviation Solutions, Dylan Chipp - co-founder of Voluntas MRS Limited, Daniel Klemm - National Housing Federation Manager in the Yorkshire and Humber and Jo Webster and Dr Phil Earnshaw of the NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, who looked at the four themes in more detail.

Following a brief question and answer session, attendees took part in hour-long group discussions around the four themes about how they can work with WDH to tackle issues affecting the district and debated whether the ambitions are challenging enough and how they can be delivered.

The event was extremely successful, and WDH will be using ideas and feedback from the day to shape the landlord does business over the coming years as it progresses towards its Vision to 2020 and create confident communities.

Kevin said: “Stakeholder engagement is more crucial than ever before because of the new and emerging challenges our business face.

“By working in partnership we can meet these challenges for the benefits of our tenants and the wider communities.  Our discussions were extremely positive and constructive, and we are already using the feedback to build our plans for the future.”

WDH’s stakeholder event is part of a wider journey which involve working with employees, Board members, Neighbourhood Panels, elected members and many more people and groups who have a key interest in the business and the Wakefield district.

 

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It’s Trip Trip Hooray thanks to a grant from WDH
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It’s Trip Trip Hooray thanks to a grant from WDH

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.

Victor Istead, Chairman of the Five Towns Stroke Group has arranged a trip each month for members. This summer they will be visiting the seaside at Skegness and Bridlington as well as taking in the gardens at Harlow Carr.

The group helps people who have suffered from strokes or who have mobility and speech issues to meet up and socialise each week. The group meets every Thursday from 2 pm to 4 pm at The Pit Club in Fitzwilliam, where members enjoy games of boccia bowls, curling and bingo, unless of course they are on a trip!

Victor said: “It was a lovely surprise. We are over the moon with the money we received. It has allowed us to fund more trips this summer for the group and means we can hire mobility scooters and wheelchairs for all of those who need them on our days out.”

Becky Gardham, A member of the South East Neighbourhood Panel who helped approve groups for the grants, said: “WDH’s 10th Anniversary Grant Scheme was a great way for groups to do something a bit different. It is really lovely to see groups benefitting from the money they received.”

Applications are now open for this year’s WDH Community Grant Scheme. For more information please visit http://www.wdh.co.uk/OurCommunities/. 

 

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