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Cold Calling Control Zone set up to protect tenants in Normanton

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

Officers from WDH were on hand last week to speak to residents as well as distribute stickers and leaflets to 97 properties in and around Benson Lane. Signs were erected at the entrances to the zone warning cold callers that they are not welcome.

Mrs Ingram, a resident on Benson Lane, said: “We are over the moon that the Cold Calling Control Zone has now launched. It has been a long time coming and this will help many residents feel more confident to say no and to not open their door.”

There are now Cold Calling Control Zones in many WDH neighbourhoods, arming residents with the knowledge they need to be safe within their homes but, most importantly, the confidence to say no to cold callers and prevent incidents involving rogue traders, distraction burglaries, pushy sales people and doorstep criminals. The zones act as a deterrent to constant door knocking which is often seen as a nuisance, but can also cause anxiety and stress to people. They give tenants the confidence to say no to uninvited callers and help to reduce crime and fear of crime in areas that were previously affected.

Sally Dudley, WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer said: “We had reports of rogue traders targeting the residents of Benson Lane trying to sell mattresses amongst other things. We are delighted to have introduced this zone which gives our tenants the strength to stand up for themselves and to feel safer in their own homes.”

David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards said: “Protecting the safety of the communities of West Yorkshire is important, and that’s why this Cold Calling Control Zone has been introduced. By working with residents, and our partners to enforce this zone we can ensure that cold callers get the message that they are not welcome.”

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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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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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Telephone issues22 November 2018

Published 22 November 2018
We’re currently experiencing problems with our telephone system. Please bear with us whilst we work on resolving the issue.
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Children’s safety is a site better

Published 2 February 2015

Creative youngsters at Shay Lane Primary School were given prizes after producing building site safety posters.

Children at the school in Crofton, which is close to WDH’s live development just off nearby Hawthorn Court, were visited by Site Manager Dave Hobbs and Tenant Involvement Officer Chris Croxall just before Christmas for an important talk on being responsible and safe when near the site.

They were set a challenge to create a safety poster to highlight the dangers of machinery, the importance of Personal Protective Equipment and the ways that accidents can be avoided.

Earlier this week Dave and members of WDH’s Homebuilder team returned to the school to judge the posters and face the difficult task of choosing a winner from each year group.

Dave said: “From Year 2 right through to Year 6 the children showed they had listened very closely to the important safety messages of our visit last year and had clearly put a lot of thought, time and effort into the posters. Choosing the winners was exceptionally difficult and even though we were able to pick out five for prizes, we were so impressed with all the work that we’re going to use the rest of the posters to decorate the hoarding around the site.”

The winners, who each received a £10 Argos voucher, were Lucinda Doherty (y2), Amber Crossland (y3), Tibor Pinkava (y4), Kaitlyn Amos (y5) and Lucy Gallivan (y6).

The site at Hawthorn Court will consist of 32-timber framed properties and is due to be completed later this year.

Pictured: Back row: Angie Connell (WDH) Chris Croxall (WDH) David Wright (Headteacher) Michelle Davidson (Deputy Headteacher) Dave Hobbs (WDH) Kat Backhouse (WDH)

Front row: Tibor Pinkava, Kaithlyn Amos, Amber Crossland, Lucy Gallivan, Lucinda Doherty.

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