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One day at WDH...29 August 2017

Published 29 August 2017
At WDH we can achieve a lot in a day.  Following the launch of our latest  Annual Report, we’ve taken a look at exactly how much we can achieve here at WDH in one day. In one day we:  complete 359 repairs, 176 of which are same day repairs; answer over 1,700 phone calls and receive 510 digital enquiries;  help tenants to access £4000 worth of grants; and much more. To find out what else we do click here.  
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Apply now for a community grant29 August 2017

Published 29 August 2017
The WDH Community Grant Scheme is now open for local community groups and voluntary clubs to apply for up to £1,500. The cash boost can help towards existing services, buying equipment or paying for an event. The aim is to increase community spirit and enhance the quality of life for local people. Karen Deeley from Eastmoor Community Garden Association, whose art workshop project received funding from WDH, told us what the grant meant to her. "Five art workshops have taken place and the project has proved to be a wonderful experience.  Children aged between three and seven participated and created underwater scene art, willow wreathes and clay models.  As well as getting arty, people enjoyed exploring the community garden during their visits and learning about all the produce grown there.  On behalf of the Eastmoor Community Garden Association, I thank WDH for the support.  Without the grant received, none of this would have been possible." Applications are open from 7 August to 22 September 2017. For more information click here.

Free lunch for kids at the Addy23 August 2017

Published 23 August 2017
The Old Quarry Adventure Playground (The Addy) has received funding from WDH to provide free food for kids during the Summer holidays. The group applied for a WDH Community Grant to give free lunch to children who attend play sessions at the Addy over the Summer. As children don’t receive free school meals in the holidays, the Addy aims to reduce the financial burden on parents and make sure that children eat properly over the Summer break. The group at the Addy will teach kids how to make their own meals and introduce new healthy snacks. Michelle Bartram, from The Addy said: "We are piloting the holiday lunches this Summer. In cooperation with WDH, Morrisons and the Knottingley Food Bank we can provide 40 free dinners a day for a total of 21 days. The pilot seems successful, kids love making their own food and it helps parents out too!” Claire Secker, Tenant Involvement Officer at WDH said: “WDH work closely with The Addy throughout the year and I was happy to assist and support the application for a WDH Community Grant.  This project has given the children something to do during the school holidays and also ensured they have had a healthy lunch.  During my visit to a session it was great to see children enjoying preparing and trying new food.”

Donation boost to foodbanks 23 August 2017

Published 23 August 2017
Employees from WDH donated £650 worth of food to local foodbanks in just a week, the equivalent of 26 adult food parcels.

Vote now for your community heroes in our 2017 Love Where You Live Awards 22 August 2017

Published 22 August 2017
You can now vote for your local community heroes to get the recognition they deserve, as part of WDH's Love Where You Live Awards 2017.

Bank holiday opening times21 August 2017

Published 21 August 2017
All of our offices and service access points (SAPs) will be closed from Friday 25 August and will reopen on Tuesday 28 August.
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Residents on The Avenues get garden tips from industry experts14 August 2017

Published 14 August 2017
Over 25 green fingered residents from The Avenues in Pontefract received top tips from industry experts on how to maintain their new gardens which were renovated by WDH earlier this year.

WDH welcomes new Apprentices10 August 2017

Published 10 August 2017
As part of WDH’s 2017 apprenticeship scheme, we are proud to welcome six new apprentices.

Laura wins a holiday for using the WDH App8 August 2017

Published 8 August 2017
Laura Masters and her family are the lucky winners of our summer competition. Hundreds of tenants entered the competition to win £500 worth of holiday vouchers by downloading and logging in to the WDH App. Laura was delighted to win the prize and said: "I’ve never won anything before. I downloaded the App because we needed to report a repair and it helped us to do it quickly. Winning this prize is the cherry on the cake." Don’t worry if you didn’t win this time. You can still win £100 every month by using your online account through the WDH App or through our website. Simply log on and you will be entered into the prize draw.
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Are you eligible for the £140 Warm Home Discount?2 August 2017

Published 2 August 2017
Many of the energy suppliers’ Warm Home Discount schemes are now open for winter 2017-18 applications. If you qualify for the scheme, it can provide a welcome £140 towards your winter energy bills.
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Residents learn more about services29 May 2014

Published 29 May 2014
A senior citizens group were visited by five different WDH service areas during a meeting in Horbury.

Pupils bowled over after tenants visit27 May 2014

Published 27 May 2014
Two generations went head-to-head on the boccia bowling court at a school in Wakefield.

Our Roadshows get underway23 May 2014

Published 23 May 2014
Our Summer Roadshow 2014 hits the road this week, bringing advice and information to tenants and residents at fun galas, market days and community events across the district.

Maypole tradition continue thanks to WDH grant20 May 2014

Published 20 May 2014
Residents in Gawthorpe were able to continue a 140-year tradition thanks to a WDH Community Grant.

Pontefract residents celebrate improvements1 May 2014

Published 1 May 2014
WDH held a celebratory event in Pontefract last week to mark the end of the environmental improvements being carried out in the local area.
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New energy switching service to support Wakefield communities16 April 2014

Published 16 April 2014
An energy switching website and phone service which aims to help WDH tenants and Wakefield residents save money on their gas and electricity bills has been launched by WDH this week.

Community grant for Nostell Village Hall16 April 2014

Published 16 April 2014
Volunteers who help carry out work at Nostell Village Hall were presented with a cheque for £689 at a tea party last week.

Apprentice swaps job to promote vocational education11 February 2014

Published 11 February 2014
Two WDH employees have taken part in a job swap as part of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge - a national competition to find the Apprentice Team of the Year.

Apprentices spruce up local community house in latest challenge10 February 2014

Published 10 February 2014
A team of nine WDH apprentices have been sprucing up Cutsyke Community House as part of the 2014 Brathay Apprentice Challenge - the official search to find the ‘Apprentice Team of the Year’.

Former apprentice explains Gas and Heating Ventilation role10 February 2014

Published 10 February 2014
Former WDH apprentice, Matthew Raine, talks about being a Gas and Heating Ventilation Engineer.
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Standbridge Lane Community Centre is ready to cook!6 October 2015

Published 6 October 2015
Standbridge Lane Community Centre in Kettlethorpe has now opened its new kitchen facilities thanks to support from WDH, and has plans to hold Cook and Eat courses for local residents.
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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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