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Girls from Airedale Academy get a taste for construction13 June 2017

Published 13 June 2017
WDH has teamed up with Airedale Academy to introduce girls to careers in construction. Seven girls from Year 8 at Airedale Academy were selected to attend a Girls into Construction taster session, at WDH’s purpose built training facility, after showing an interest in a future career in construction.
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Children’s Day at Smirthwaite Estate13 June 2017

Published 13 June 2017
Residents of Smirthwaite Estate came together on 1 June 2017 to celebrate Children’s Day.
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Job success for Eileen 19 May 2017

Published 19 May 2017
A local woman who regularly attended a WDH work club in Featherstone has secured a permanent job after volunteering through the Dr Jackson Cancer Appeal shop.

Mrs Clark is over the moon with her new kitchen 15 May 2017

Published 15 May 2017
After losing her husband, Mrs Clark, who lives in a WDH property, didn’t know if she could face the stress and disruption that home improvements can bring. However, after a little persuasion from her family she went ahead and now she couldn’t be happier with her new kitchen!
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WDH super homes leading the way in sustainable building12 May 2017

Published 12 May 2017
Specialist academics from Sheffield Hallam University, University of Salford and as far as Australia visited Park Dale in Airedale this week to see how the site has become one of the UK’s largest housing developments with a zero-carbon footprint.

WDH wins national award10 May 2017

Published 10 May 2017
WDH has won a national UK Housing Award for the financial help and support it provides to tenants.
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Children of Pontefract celebrate Easter in the park4 May 2017

Published 4 May 2017
WDH supported Friends of Pease Park with a preschool Easter event on Tuesday 4 April.
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Easter fun at the Old Addy26 April 2017

Published 26 April 2017
Children and young people took part in a host of Easter activities supported by WDH at the Old Addy Adventure Playground in Knottingley.
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Bank holiday opening times25 April 2017

Published 25 April 2017
All of our offices and service access points (SAPs) will be closed from Friday 28 April and will reopen on Tuesday 2 May. If you need to contact us you can call 0345 8 507 507 or send a message using the WDH App, available on the App Store and Play Store.  
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SAPs closed for training - Thursday 27 April. 24 April 2017

Published 24 April 2017
Our service access points (SAPs) will be closed on Thursday 27 April from 12 noon for employee training. They will reopen on Friday 28 April as normal. If you need to contact us you can call 0345 8 507 507 or send a message using the WDH App, available on the App Store and Play Store.  
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Young Achiever 2015: Louie Jay Smith5 October 2015

Published 5 October 2015
Louie won the Young Achiever Category in WDH’s 2015 Love Where You Live Awards.

WDH services come to you5 October 2015

Published 5 October 2015
As part of National Customer Service Week (5-9 October 2015), WDH’s Customer Service Team will run a week-long roadshow to raise awareness of its commitment to providing the best possible services.

Our winners all love where they live2 October 2015

Published 2 October 2015
Tenants, residents and community groups were among the winners at WDH’s annual Love Where You Live Awards grand final last night.

Croftlands residents sat and worked out!1 October 2015

Published 1 October 2015
Residents at WDH’s Croftlands Extra Care Independent Living Scheme in Ossett are getting fit while they sit by taking part in arm chair exercise and boccia bowling classes organised by the Senior Citizens Support Group.

People learnt how to save lives at Lightwaves Leisure Centre25 September 2015

Published 25 September 2015
People learnt how to save lives at Lightwaves Leisure Centre recently thanks to an event organised by WDH and the charity Heartbeat of Sport.
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Plans for camera obscura in Pontefract24 September 2015

Published 24 September 2015
An old bird aviary in Pontefract’s Valley Gardens has been renovated as part of WDH’s Love Where You Live project, an initiative which aims to transform and improve local green spaces.
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One week left to vote in our Love Where You Live Awards21 September 2015

Published 21 September 2015
Our Love Where You Live Awards 2015 is going from strength to strength, receiving nearly 5,000 online votes on our dedicated website www.lovewhereyouliveawards.co.uk since its launch in August.

Share our Love Where You Live Awards video to win £100 of shopping vouchers!17 September 2015

Published 17 September 2015
We’ve already achieved 4,000 votes – and if you help us reach 8,000 votes before 28 September you could win £100 shopping vouchers.

Community Grant helps local football team16 September 2015

Published 16 September 2015
A local football club has bought a new set of goal posts thanks to a £250 WDH community grant.

Christmas jobs fair on Friday 16 September 2015

Published 16 September 2015
This Friday there’s a Christmas jobs fair at the Ridings Shopping Centre between 10 am and 5pm.
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Competition: Six simple steps to win an iPad and more!20 November 2014

Published 20 November 2014
We're running a mega Christmas Advent Calendar competition in the winter edition of your tenant newsletter - here are the six simple steps you need to follow to enter.
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Poster is more than just a load of rubbish!20 November 2014

Published 20 November 2014
Children from Portobello created a poster out of recycling during a Fun Day at the Castle Children’s Centre after local residents raised concerns about the amount of litter in the area.
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WDH offer timely energy switching reminder 19 November 2014

Published 19 November 2014
WDH, the social landlord behind a free local energy switching website and phone service, is reminding Wakefield residents that now’s the time to change their energy tariff or supplier.

Risk and Audit Team shortlisted for major award18 November 2014

Published 18 November 2014
Our innovative approach to risk management has seen us business shortlisted for a major international award.
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News in Brief17 November 2014

Published 17 November 2014
This is News in Brief - a weekly round up of the latest news and events affecting the Housing industry and communities in the Wakefield district and beyond.
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Cash Wise Christmas Dinner returns!14 November 2014

Published 14 November 2014
The TV adverts have started and the lights are being switched on – but the only way you know Christmas is truly coming is the launch of our ‘Cash-Wise-Christmas-Dinner’ competition!
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Family joins 100th birthday celebrations14 November 2014

Published 14 November 2014
The daughter of a WDH tenant who has celebrated her 100th birthday put her mum’s longevity down to healthy food and a calm temperament.
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Let’s write the future, together13 November 2014

Published 13 November 2014
Kevin Dodd discusses WDH’s plans following the organisation’s first-ever major stakeholder event in his latest blog
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Newbuild plans go sky-high12 November 2014

Published 12 November 2014
We are showcasing our sky-high new build aspirations – courtesy of an aerial view of our latest development.
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New initiative gets Smirthwaite estate cooking 12 November 2014

Published 12 November 2014
A new healthy eating initiative has been launched in Normanton, showing people on the Swirthwaite Estate that cooking good food at home is cheap and easy.
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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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Service access point (SAP) closure for training (Thursday 29 November at noon)21 November 2018

Published 21 November 2018
Our SAPs will be closed on Thursday 29 November at 12 noon for employee training. They will reopen on Friday 30 November as normal.
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The Barracks unveil new memorial during Remembrance celebration 13 November 2018

Published 13 November 2018
A new entrance to The Barracks estate in Pontefract was unveiled during a remembrance service on Monday 12 November, marking 100 years since the end of World War One.

Our website is now more accessible 13 November 2018

Published 13 November 2018
You may have noticed a slight change to our website. We have added a new tool which makes it more accessible and easy to read for some customers. You can now customise our website in a way that works for you. It now includes dyslexia friendly tools, an interactive dictionary, a translation tool with over 100 languages and an option to turn text to speech.
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Jesters Gymnastics Club invests in new equipment with the help of local businesses9 November 2018

Published 9 November 2018
Local children’s gymnastics group, Jesters Gymnastics Club, has been able to buy brand new gym equipment thanks to WDH and Horbury Financial Services. The not-for-profit organisation based in Pontefract and Featherstone received a £1500 Community Grant from WDH and £350 from Horbury Financial Services to buy a new air track to help gymnasts improve their tumbling skills and training. With over 20 years’ experience, Jesters Gymnastics Club works with over 200 children, aged five to 18, to learn and improve their gymnastics skills. Jess Garrett, Head Coach at Jesters Gymnastics Club said: “The children absolutely love the new air track. We bought it from Airtrack UK who have been brilliant. We rely solely on fundraising so this wouldn’t have been possible without the donations from WDH and Horbury Financial Services.”

Local scout club improves the learning experiences for young people9 November 2018

Published 9 November 2018
A WDH Community Grant has helped the 17th Wakefield Scout Club to buy essential kits for expeditions.

Are you ready for Universal Credit?9 November 2018

Published 9 November 2018
We are now less than a month away from the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) Full Service in Wakefield. The Full Service of UC will be introduced in Wakefield from 28 November 2018 and will replace six benefits with a single monthly payment similar to a monthly working wage.

Partnership leads the way in money matters18 October 2018

Published 18 October 2018
WDH and Leeds Credit Union joined forces at their new branch in the heart of Wakefield to highlight the support available for those who need it. As part of International Credit Union Day, WDH’s Cash Wise and Debt teams were on hand to dish out advice on how to manage your money better. In addition, to celebrate the partnership, Leeds Credit Union will be giving the first 50 customers who sign up for a new account with £1 on the day £25 credit to get them started. Terms and Conditions apply. Kevin Dodd, Chief Executive for WDH, said: “This event is a great example of partnership working between WDH and the Leeds Credit Union and the shared support we can offer to our tenants and customers. With the introduction of Universal Credit approaching we are all preparing for the changes to come, supporting tenants to open a bank account and get online. Anyone who feels they would benefit from talking to us should join us and get the advice and support on offer.” Chris Smyth, Chief Executive, Leeds Credit Union, said: “I am absolutely delighted about the new branch in the heart of Wakefield as this will help even more people to access the savings and affordable loans provided by the credit union. I am also very pleased that this branch has been made possible through the cooperation that the credit union has had for many years with our friends at WDH’’ He added: “By working together we can bring a range of services to support residents and families in Wakefield and this is as important as ever as hard economic times continue to bear down on many families.” The event coincides with and National Get Online Week, and for those who are concerned about the introduction of Universal Credit in November, which will be an online only service, the teams will be able to answer any questions or concerns.

Don’t miss out, get online and #Try1Thing this October12 October 2018

Published 12 October 2018
WDH is taking part in Get Online Week between 15- 21 October 2018 and encouraging people to Try 1 Thing online.

Best Garden: Rob Stringer10 October 2018

Published 10 October 2018
Rob Stringer won the Best Garden award in WDH’s 2018 Love Where You Live Awards.
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Move more everyday17 July 2014

Published 17 July 2014
WDH is proud to support Move More Every Day, a new initiative designed to help local people become healthier and more active.
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Pupils take part in Dragons' Den competition 17 July 2014

Published 17 July 2014
A team of young aspiring entrepreneurs from a school in Pontefract has won an enterprise competition organised by WDH.
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Make a difference in your neighbourhood14 July 2014

Published 14 July 2014
People from Normanton and Featherstone are being invited to have a say in shaping the future of their communities.

ILS resident celebrates 104th birthday 11 July 2014

Published 11 July 2014
A delicious hot meal and a tasty sponge for afters provided the icing on the cake for George Storry’s 104th birthday.
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Day care boost for residents11 July 2014

Published 11 July 2014
Volunteers in Kettlethorpe have secured funding to continue running a community playgroup thanks to WDH.

Kathleen turns 100 in style10 July 2014

Published 10 July 2014
A tenant from Ossett celebrated her 100th birthday with coffee and cake and retold her memories of the last century.

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WDH make the right call with new phone numbers9 July 2014

Published 9 July 2014
WDH has launched new low-cost local rate telephone number to make it cheaper to contact its customer service teams.
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WDH support healthy lifestyle event for young people 8 July 2014

Published 8 July 2014
Students from a school in Normanton learnt about cycling and healthy lifestyle as part of a ‘Bikefest Eco Day’ last week.
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Places available on gardening basics course7 July 2014

Published 7 July 2014
There are just a two days left to sign up for our free gardening basics course.
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Yoga Club stays open with Community Grant
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Yoga Club stays open with Community Grant

Published 26 January 2018

The Balne Lane Yoga Club in Wakefield has been awarded a community grant by WDH to help towards the cost of running the classes.

The group, who meet weekly at the Balne Lane Community Centre, was originally led by a volunteer, but when this, combined with room hire costs was no longer viable it meant the group was not sustainable.

Wendy Mitchell, Yoga group leader said: “We want to say more than thank you for this generous donation. We’re all retired and of all different abilities and we provide a class that is welcoming, easily accessible and affordable, as well as offering all of the health benefits that come with it.”

She added: “It’s a great form of exercise and the social benefits are great, it’s become a friendship group as not all members can get out that often. Yoga classes can be expensive but ours is good value for money as we keep our charges as low as possible, only raising money for what is needed and new members are always welcome. Thanks again for this grant as it has made it possible to keep going.”

Natalie Grinsill, WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer said: “WDH is pleased to support groups such as the Balne Lane Yoga club who not only help people to keep fit and stay healthy, they also offer residents in our communities an opportunity to socialise and meet new people which in turn is very important for people’s wellbeing.”

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