Cold Calling Control Zone set up to protect tenants in Normanton3 April 2019

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
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Are you involved in any community or voluntary groups?20 March 2019

Published 20 March 2019
WDH are hosting a Funding Fair in partnership with Communities Together Forum this evening (Wednesday 20 March). There will be a number of funders including ourselves, Community Foundation Wakefield, Big Lottery Fund and many more. The event will be held between 4 pm to and 7 pm at WDH’s Navigation House, Whistler Drive, Castleford, WF10 5HX. Drop in to find out more.
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Look out for bogus texts20 March 2019

Published 20 March 2019
It has been brought to our attention that some of our tenants have been receiving text messages from someone claiming to be the Council. The messages are advising people that they can receive a refund from the Council and to visit a link to a website that they describe as ‘secure’. This is not a secure website, do not click this link if you receive this text. Those who have clicked the link have been charged. Luckily the people that have been victim to these texts have, in this instance, had all their money refunded.
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Back to school for creative residents 19 March 2019

Published 19 March 2019
WDH residents in Pontefract and Knottingley have taken part in a 10 week course to achieve a qualification in arts and crafts.

Over 500 litres of paint recycled15 March 2019

Published 15 March 2019
A splash of colour will go back into community projects after the painting and decorating team donated over 500 litres of paint to be reused.

Do you dare to be different? 14 March 2019

Published 14 March 2019
Our apprentices are open to anyone and this year we are supporting the Girls in Construction campaign. The campaign shows girls that they can do whatever they want. We are working with schools, offering taster sessions for girls at The Stores, Normanton to show them what is involved and to encourage them to consider a career in construction. Caroline joined WDH as an Apprentice Plumber 12 years ago and enjoys everything about it. The challenges, the variety and the people she gets the opportunity to work with make her job great. Construction isn’t just for men, girls can do it too.  Click here to watch the Girls in Construction video.  
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Northern Ballet Workshop at Castleford Academy13 March 2019

Published 13 March 2019
Students on the When Dance Happens initiative were treated to a ballet masterclass ahead of their eagerly anticipated trip to see the production of ‘Victoria’ at the Northern Ballet Company in Leeds.

WDH Community Grant helps develop children’s skills7 March 2019

Published 7 March 2019
iSpace, a community group based in Wakefield, has been awarded a community grant worth over £1,000.

Celebrating the hard work of our apprentice mentors 7 March 2019

Published 7 March 2019
Over 30 apprentices are currently completing an apprenticeship with us and each of them has the support of a mentor, to provide valuable advice and support in their chosen trade.

Let’s talk about apprenticeships – Castleford Academy visit 5 March 2019

Published 5 March 2019
We work with schools across the district to promote the benefits of apprenticeships, so when Castleford Academy approached us and asked if could help support groups of Year 11 students we welcomed the opportunity to show what apprenticeships with us are all about.
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Home sweet home with Shared Ownership from WDH


Home sweet home with Shared Ownership from WDH

Published 17 October 2017

Katie from Outwood is the latest person to get on the property ladder with our Shared Ownership scheme.

Katie had previously rented properties with private landlords but decided it was now the right time for her to buy her own home. During her time working for Rosa Homes she had learned about the Shared Ownership scheme.

As a self-employed beauty therapist and single mum, Katie knew she would struggle to buy on the open market and decided to look at Shared Ownership properties in the local area. After speaking to the Shared Ownership Team at WDH she was shown a 3 bedroom house at Bevin Close in Outwood, one of the first properties to be built solely by WDH for Shared Ownership sale. Katie fell in love with the house and knew this was the home for her and her three children.

Katie said: “The house was perfect for us. It is a lovely spacious property and has been built to a very high standard. I started the process straight away for Shared Ownership and was approved for a mortgage with Santander. I think it’s reassuring for anyone thinking about Shared Ownership to know that most of the big lenders offer Shared Ownership mortgages.”

Katie was able to purchase a 50% share in her home allowing her to take her first steps as a homeowner.

She said: “The Shared Ownership Team at WDH was amazing. They were very approachable and everything was very well explained. The whole process was seamless, taking just over eight weeks from start to finish.”

“I would recommend Shared Ownership to anyone looking to get on the property ladder. You get tons of advice and support throughout the process and the aftercare is excellent. It allows you to buy a house but at a price that is affordable to you.”

Katie plans to purchase the remaining shares in her home when she can and, by using the Shared Ownership scheme, you can continue to buy more shares as and when you can afford it until you own 100% of the property.

Katie added: “I shout from the roof tops about how great Shared Ownership is. In fact, I mentioned Shared Ownership to the lady who came to look at the property I was renting and now she is moving in next door to me at Bevin Close! It’s something she would have never considered had I not spoken to her about it. You don’t know until you enquire, so just go for it and find out!”

For more information on Shared Ownership with WDH visit: www.wdh.co.uk/AvailableProperties/SharedOwnership/.

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