Kathleen turns 100 in style

Published 10 July 2014

A tenant from Ossett celebrated her 100th birthday with coffee and cake and retold her memories of the last century.

Kathleen Ashurst, a WDH tenant at Croftlands Independent Living Scheme, turned 100 on Saturday 14 June and enjoyed a meal out with her family of five generations.

She also enjoyed a morning out in Ossett Town Centre and had a look around the market as this is one of the things she really wanted to do to celebrate her birthday.

She said: “I enjoyed every minute, I have been spoilt rotten.  It was really lovely to get all the family together.”

When asked what her secret to a long and healthy life was, Mrs Ashurst simply said: “Olay!”

Growing up in Bridlington, Mrs Ashurst began working as a shop assistant at 15 years old and didn’t retire until she turned 75.

In her retirement, she enjoys playing bingo and cards with her fellow residents at Croftlands, where she has lived for the last eight months.

A particular highlight of her birthday was the photo she received from the Queen. 

Mrs Ashurst said: “She looked so beautiful and it reminds me of when I used to give myself a makeover.

Gillian Fossey, WDH’s Independent Living Team Leader, said: “We would like to say a big congratulations to Kathleen.  She is such a lovely lady and it’s always a pleasure to speak to her.”

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ILS residents enjoy chair-based exercises


ILS residents enjoy chair-based exercises

Published 10 April 2015

Residents at WDH’s city centre Independent Living Scheme, Hatfeild Court, took part in a free chair-based exercise taster session last week as part of an initiative to help those with reduced mobility stay fit.

Organised in partnership between WDH and Wakefield Council, 10 tenants from the scheme enjoyed an hour of movement and exercise to music.

Chris Croxall, WDH Tenant Involvement Officer, said: “No matter what age or ability, there was something everyone could do. Whilst this initiative is about offering something to help people stay well as they get older, it’s also, for us, about helping bring residents together to create a really enjoyable atmosphere. Everyone had fun, which was important.”


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New and improved service access point (SAP) coming to Pontefract soon!15 March 2018

Published 15 March 2018
Don’t forget, our Pontefract SAP is closed for refurbishment for eight weeks.
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Eco-friendly prize for top energy saving tips13 March 2018

Published 13 March 2018
WDH’s Sustainability Team handed over a hamper full of eco-friendly products to two lucky tenants as part of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day last month.

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.
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Free English and maths courses for tenants


Free English and maths courses for tenants

Published 12 October 2017

 WDH, alongside Wakefield Council’s Adult Education Service, will be running two free courses from the end of October for tenants who would like to brush up on either their maths or English skills.


Both programmes are ideal for tenants who would like support with every day things such as working out the cost of shopping or bills, and are an ideal stepping stone to help improve work prospects.


These courses are fully subsidised which means there is NO cost involved. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Manygates reception on 01924 303 302 and select option one.


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