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ICT Update17 October 2014

Published 17 October 2014
Please note that this website will be temporarily unavailable on Saturday afternoon (18 October) due to essential maintenance to our IT systems.
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WDH’s stakeholder event success 17 October 2014

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.

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Our 2014 Love Where You Live Award Highlights13 October 2014

Published 13 October 2014
A video highlight of our 2014 Love Where You Live Awards

WDH adds support to gas safety campaign13 October 2014

Published 13 October 2014
WDH has added its support to a national campaign to give social landlords the right legal access to carry out annual gas safety checks.
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Cash Wise reach 400th participant10 October 2014

Published 10 October 2014
WDH’s Cash Wise initiative has reached a landmark figure after the 400th participant attended the programme.

Our Community Group Award winner is...10 October 2014

Published 10 October 2014
Havercroft Children’s Centre won the Community Group category at our 2014 Love Where You Live Awards.

Working with Young People 2014: Friends of Fryston Woods9 October 2014

Published 9 October 2014
Friends of Fryston Woods collected two gongs at our 2014 Love Where You Live Awards – Working with Young People and Green Hero.

Working with Older People 2014: Hazel Richardson9 October 2014

Published 9 October 2014
Hazel Richardson won the Working with Older People category in our 2014 Love Where You Live Awards.

Good Neighbour 2014: Juanita Allen8 October 2014

Published 8 October 2014
Juanita Allen won the Good Neighbour category in our 2014 Love Where You Live Awards.

Young Achiever 2014: Zara McGuinness7 October 2014

Published 7 October 2014
Zara McGuinness won the Young Achiever category in our 2014 Love Where You Live Awards.
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Scooters offer extra independence
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Scooters offer extra independence

Published 5 August 2014

Residents at one of WDH’s Independent Living Schemes explored new horizons when they tried out a range of mobility scooters.

The four-wheeled, battery-operated scooters, some of which can travel up to 16 miles on a single charge, captured the imagination of people at Mellwood House ILS, South Elmsall.

Sarah Coulson and Mark Dorritt, of Go Mobility Ltd of Pontefract, demonstrated the scooters and a range of other mobility aids at an event organised by David Harrison, who attended with colleagues from the Health and Wellbeing Development Worker Team of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS.

David said: “The aim of our team is to maintain independence among older people.

“If they are more mobile they will be more confident to take part in activities that we run ourselves, and others that we link into, so they aren’t socially isolated.”

He explained that some people are given scooters, sometimes by friends or relatives, and as a result have no safety training or knowledge of how to service their new transport, whereas they would get help and advice at the information session.

Copies of a brochure outlining the Highway Code in relation to mobility scooters were also available.

WDH Tenant Involvement Officer Jane Gwilliam said: “It’s about having a bit of confidence to see whether a mobility scooter could be right for you.

“We’ve had quite a lot of interest in the scooters today. It’s good that people could try them out in familiar surroundings and find out the facts about owning and using one.”

 

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Residents celebrate improvement work
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Residents celebrate improvement work

Published 7 August 2014

Residents of Carr Lane estate in South Kirkby enjoyed two celebratory events to mark the completion of improvement works in the area. Activities included a cream tea afternoon and a day planting flowers and playing family games on one of the estate’s newly modernised green spaces.

The improvement project, which was organised by WDH and completed by Groundwork Wakefield, includes freshly tarmacked roads, new sculptured artwork, screening for bin stores, fencing and decorative block paving. Improvements began on the estate three years ago with the work being broken down into two phases.  Work to Armytage Walk brings the improvement scheme to an end.

Jane Gwilliam, WDH Tenant Involvement Officer, said: “Before work got underway we consulted with local people about our plans because we wanted them to tell us what they thought would and wouldn’t work. After taking comments into consideration everyone’s been really supportive and it’s great for our tenants that all the upgrades have now been completed.”

Local resident Nichola Tighe, 33, attended the celebration event. She said: “The area looks much better now – it’s great.”

 

 

 

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Free housing and health advice
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Free housing and health advice

Published 1 July 2015

 

 

Lupset residents were invited to find out more about housing and health at an event at WDH’s Augusta Court flats on Wednesday (24 June).

A white inflatable “health pod” allowed representatives from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to offer free blood pressure checks.

Jane Marriott (SWYFT Community Food and Health Development Worker) and Pippa Lloyd (SWYFT Stop Smoking Specialist) were also on hand to provide advice on healthier living options.

WDH Tenant Involvement Officer Kathryn Hutchinson said: “It was an ideal day for an outdoor event and people seemed keen to have their blood pressure checked in a relaxed atmosphere.

“We gave out lots of fruit and plenty of information about the services that WDH offers, such as the Care Link service for older and vulnerable people, who don’t have to be our tenants to benefit from our help.

“The ‘health pod’ attracted a lot of interest and hopefully it will have many more outings across the Wakefield district this summer.”

Pictured (from left) are Pippa Lloyd, tenant Steve Larkin, Kathryn Hutchinson, tenant Don Leicester and Jane Marriott.

 

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