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Independent Living residents in Wakefield are now SAFER

Published 11 February 2016

Residents at a WDH Independent Living Scheme are now more switched on about how to avoid different types of scams thanks to a county-wide project funded by the Big Lottery and run by West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

Lanson Moore, Community Project Officer for the Scams and Frauds Education for Residents (SAFER) project, visited Musgrave Court in Wakefield city centre to talk to residents about guarding against different types of scams including those involving cash machines and charity donation appeals. The day included an activity where residents were encouraged to learn more about common scams and how they can avoid falling victim to these in the future. 

As part of the project a specialised debt advice service is offered to older people, and this has resulted in £205,000 worth of debt being written off and over £500,000 now being claimed in benefits - considerably improving the health and wellbeing of many vulnerable people.

More SAFER sessions are scheduled at other Independent Living Schemes in Wakefield for February and March, and WDH employees will be among other agency partners who receive training on how to educate older or vulnerable people about protecting themselves.

The latest session was co-ordinated by WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer, Chris Croxall.

He said: “It was great to work with West Yorkshire Trading Standards to deliver advice to our tenants about how to protect themselves from different types of doorstep crime. The event was a real success and WDH look forward to holding more of these events in the future.”

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Christmas celebrations at Pontefract ILS23 December 2015

Published 23 December 2015
Residents of Mill Garth Independent Living Scheme in Pontefract recently enjoyed a meal out at a local hotel before returning home to find Santa Claus delivering presents.
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Hamper donations from WDH22 December 2015

Published 22 December 2015
It was all hands on deck from WDH’s Investment Team and sub-contractors (including Keepmoat, CPM Contracts Ltd, Wakefield Roofing and Strategic Team Group) who all got involved in a drive to help create food hampers for those in need this Christmas.

Festive entertainment for extra care residents22 December 2015

Published 22 December 2015
Residents of Mellwood House in South Elmsall were treated to festive entertainment and musical bingo at a recent coffee morning.
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Our tenant satisfaction is on the up!22 December 2015

Published 22 December 2015
During the last year we have interviewed a sample of 1,400 tenants over the phone as part of our Tenant Satisfaction Survey and our results are on the up!

Christmas Competition 2015 - week 3 and 4 winners21 December 2015

Published 21 December 2015
Our 2015 Christmas competition continues, and we’ve contacted some more of our winners and given out some more great prizes!

Normanton man finds his dream career with WDH’s help18 December 2015

Published 18 December 2015
A man from Normanton, found his dream career following a referral from a WDH work club. Attila Gyokos, 21, spent six months working at WDH as Project Support Assistant which helped him gain skills to aid his future employment.

Local schools tackle the Mission Survive Geography Challenge17 December 2015

Published 17 December 2015
Staff and students from five schools across the district took part in the Mission Survive Geography Challenge, an enterprise contest which asks students to research Wakefield to find out how they can help improve the lives and environment of local people.

Christmas competition winners - week two14 December 2015

Published 14 December 2015
Our 2015 Christmas competition continues, and we’ve contacted some more of our winners!

Christmas competition – day 13 note 14 December 2015

Published 14 December 2015
On day 13 of our Christmas ‘Your Account’ competition you may have experienced problems finding and clicking on the festive image.
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WDH doubles investment in its new build programme11 December 2015

Published 11 December 2015
Wakefield based WDH, which has recently been voted one of Europe's most excellent businesses, is more than doubling its new build spend over the next 12 months.
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Scouts group perform for residents at Silkstone Court17 December 2018

Published 17 December 2018
Children from 1st Altofts Scout group - spanning Beavers, Cubs and Scouts - entertained residents at Silkstone Court on Thursday with festive Christmas songs. The residents enjoyed classics such as Jingle Bells and Walking In A Winter Wonderland, joining in as the children sang. “The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts really enjoyed their evening with the residents of Silkstone Court, and the residents seemed to relish the chance for a good old sing-song. It just goes to show that you’re never too old to enjoy singing Jingle Bells!” said Kim Hiscocks, Scout Leader.
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WDH supports emergency food banks13 December 2018

Published 13 December 2018
WDH and Outwood Grange Academy Trust have donated £1000 each to make sure foodbanks are stocked in the lead up to the Christmas holidays.

SAP closure (Friday 14 December)13 December 2018

Published 13 December 2018
Our SAPs will be closed tomorrow (Friday 14 December) and will reopen on Monday 17 December as normal. OneCALL are available 24 hours a day on 0345 8 507 507 for urgent enquiries about estate management and repairs. You can pay your rent using our online payment site, or by calling OneCALL or at any newsagents, convenience store or petrol station displaying the PayPoint sign. You can also pay your rent by registering for an online account, where you can manage all aspects of your tenancy. For more information, visit the tenant area of WDH.co.uk here.
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WDH’s Christmas Competition is back with 12 days of prizes30 November 2018

Published 30 November 2018
We are launching our popular Christmas Competition on 1 December 2018 and giving you the chance to win one of 12 great prizes. It’s easy to enter you just need to download the latest version of the WDH App.
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Christmas calendars donated to local foodbanks29 November 2018

Published 29 November 2018
A collection of advent calendars were handed out at foodbanks across the Wakefield District by MRM Solutions and the WDH Cash Wise Team ready for Christmas.

Are you UC ready?28 November 2018

Published 28 November 2018
From today (Wednesday 28 November 2018) Universal Credit (UC) Full Service is being rolled out across the Wakefield district. UC replaces six benefits with a single monthly payment similar to a monthly working wage. The six benefits being replaced are: Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance Income-related Employment and Support Allowance Income Support Child Tax Credits Working Tax Credits Housing Benefit From today, you will need to claim UC if you are making a new benefit claim and are of working age. You might also need to claim UC if your circumstances change. Are you ready? It could take five weeks to receive your first payment so it’s important you act quickly when making your claim. Speed up the process by making sure you’re prepared now. We’ve put together some handy guidance on how you can make sure you’re UC ready. If you have any questions about UC or need support you can contact our Cash Wise Team on 01977 724651 or the DWP.
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A vibrant and forward thinking service - Care Link are certified to the new Quality Standards Framework27 November 2018

Published 27 November 2018
Care Link has been certified to the Quality Standards Framework and recently received the award at the International Technology Enabled Care Conference gala dinner.
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Notice to Spark Energy Customers26 November 2018

Published 26 November 2018
On Friday 23 November it was announced that Spark Energy has ceased trading and that OVO Energy are selected by the GB Energy regulator (OFGEM) to take over Spark's customer base.  If you're a Spark customer, it's good news - you don't need to do anything. Spark will continue to service all aspects of your account under the spark brand. It's business as usual.  Ofgem, have also advised that Spark Energy customers will not have their gas or electricity supply affected. Ofgem’s advice to customers in the meantime is: Do not switch to another energy supplier. Take a meter reading ready for when your new supplier contacts you.
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Universal Credit – Less Than a Week to Go!23 November 2018

Published 23 November 2018
We are now less than a week away from the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) Full Service in Wakefield.

Care Link - John and Jean’s story23 November 2018

Published 23 November 2018
Jean recognised her husband needed more support at home after he had his first fall around five years ago. She heard about Care Link from the nurses while John was in hospital and felt it would be a good solution for them.
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