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Celebrating our latest housing graduates!
01 November 2017
We’re starting this month with a celebration as 12 of our colleagues have completed their Level 3 certificates in Housing Practice, qualifications offered by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
Topping 2000 views of on our merger proposals with DCH
12 October 2017
More than 745 of our customers responded to our survey, sharing their views on whether they agree that a bigger, stronger organisation can do more to build much-needed new homes, and to continue to invest in transforming service delivery. Combined with DCH’s response, we’ve heard from more than 2,000 people living in our homes.
Weston residents support digital scanner appeal
07 September 2017
Despite a rainy August, residents and staff at Knightstone House in Weston-super-Mare held its annual summer celebration on Thursday 17 August.
Dreamscheme community launch in Yeovil neighbourhood
14 August 2017
Last week saw the launch of Yeovil’s latest summer initiative for residents at Wyndham Park.
Future of community investment in the south west
18 July 2017
By: Pete Davies, Community Empowerment Manager
Empowering our community leaders
01 November 2016
We’re celebrating the achievements of our residents who have completed our accredited Community Leadership training programme.
Committed to investing in our team: celebrating our latest housing graduates
26 October 2016
We’re celebrating this month (October 2016) as 12 members of our team recently completion of their Level 3 certificate in Housing Practice, a qualification offered by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
Making a digital difference #GOLW16
21 October 2016
Our Individual Empowerment Manager, Vicky James, brings Get Online Week to a close casting a look back at some of our accomplishments over the last year.
Connect with us this Get Online Week #GOLW16
20 October 2016
Our Resident Engagement Officer, Emily Burnell, gives us a flavour of the online panels and surveys you can get involved with this year.
Keep your children safe online #GOLW16
19 October 2016
Our Individual Empowerment Manager talks about keeping your children safe online
A day in the life of our Digital Inclusion Worker #GOLW16
18 October 2016
Our Digital Inclusion Outreach Worker, Nick Cocking, blogs about what he gets up to to support residents to get online.
Celebrating Get Online Week 2016 #GOLW16
17 October 2016
Our Individual Empowerment Team Manager, Gia Hancock, blogs about how we can help residents access online services this Get Online Week.
Listening to the customer of 2016
06 October 2016
This National Customer Service Week, Customer Contact Team Leader James Ballantyne blogs about meeting the needs of our customers and learning from complaints.
We’ve launched our latest report on our social impact
08 August 2016
Our Social Impact Report for 2015-16 is here! This is our second report looking at the positive impact of our Individual and Community Empowerment service on both our residents and our communities.
Our “new look” Resident Engagement service
22 July 2016
We’ve been looking at ways to improve how we engage with our residents. We did a consultation by email with residents and had over 300 responses that have helped us to develop our ideas. We’ve now finalised our plan and will launch our new look Resident Engagement service on 1 October 2016.
We’ve held an event in rural Farmborough to celebrate 13 new homes
15 July 2016
A ribbon cutting ceremony has taken place at a development of 13 affordable homes in Farmborough, a small village 6 miles south west of Bath.
Somerset sports initiative beats target
11 November 2015
Our three year community sports initiative in Somerset, has beaten its target for participation in its first year.
We were finalists at the national 24housing Awards
09 October 2015
We were proud to be finalists in the ‘Welfare Wise’ category at the national 24housing Awards last night.
Community in Yeovil wins ‘Outstanding’ South West in Bloom Award
08 October 2015
The community of King Arthur Drive and Guinevere Close in Yeovil has won a prestigious Neighbourhood Award, as part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom awards.
We’ve scooped the “Business in the Community” award for our work in North Somerset
25 September 2015
We were awarded the “Business in the Community” award at the Business Leader awards last night.
We've published our report on our social impact in communities
18 September 2015
This week we've published a report into the social impact of our Individual and Community Empowerment service.
We've been investing in our staff to deliver great customer service
10 September 2015
12 members of staff celebrated the completion of their Level 3 certificate in Housing Practice, a qualification run by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
Our Yeovil Foyer receives ‘TalentS’ award for its investment in young people’s talents
21 August 2015
Our Yeovil Foyer has been awarded a ‘TalentS’ award by national organisation, The Foyer Federation.
All the fun of the fete! Waterside House residents celebrate completion of their new community garden with a fete
23 July 2015
On Sunday the Mayor of Taunton, Marcia Hill and our Chair, Nick Medhurst, joined residents at Waterside House for a summer fete and the opening of their community garden.
Chief Executive Nick Horne appointed to LEP Board
04 June 2015
Nick Horne, our Chief Executive has been appointed to the West of England’s Local Enterprise Partnership’s board to help drive its growth ambitions.
We beat target for new homes in South West
07 May 2015
We've beaten our target to build more affordable homes in the South West.
St Paul's allotments given revamp
30 April 2015
On Saturday 18 April, we teamed up with residents and representatives of the Good Gym and Incredible Edible to support the revamp of community allotments in St Paul’s, Bristol.
J3 shortlisted for a prestigious national award for planning excellence
15 April 2015
Junction 3 (J3), one of our developments in Easton, has been shortlisted in the category for ‘Excellence in Planning for Community Well-Being’ at the 2015 Planning Awards for Excellence.
We're featured as best practice case study in Government review of Social Value Act
18 February 2015
This week we've been featured as a best practice case study in a Government-commissioned review of the Social Value Act.
We showcase into work offer and local investment to Weston MP
06 February 2015
We showcased our investment in North Somerset last Friday, when local MP John Penrose visited our office in Worle.
Apprentices celebrate achievements
05 February 2015
Six young people celebrated their achievements as apprentices with us last week.
New year sees new gardening project started in Yeovil
30 January 2015
Residents of Wyndham Park in Yeovil have started a community garden project to turn unused land into a plot to grow healthy food.
We've been awarded outstanding business partnership
29 January 2015
We've picked up the award for Outstanding Business Partnership at the Weston College Celebration of Success awards 2015.
Lights, camera, social action
02 January 2015
We've launched a series of short films to showcase how we're creating job, volunteering and work experience opportunities for people in the region.
We're the new provider for domestic abuse services in Somerset
05 December 2014
We will be providing Domestic Abuse Services for Somerset County Council from 13 January 2015.
Our Tenancy Enforcement Officer, Paul Reilly, has been named Practitioner of the Year
19 November 2014
Paul Reilly, one of our Tenancy Enforcement Officers, has received a commendation in the Tim Winter 'Practitioner of the Year' award for his fantastic work in the role.
We've been shortlisted for national ‘Community Achievement’ award
26 October 2014
We’ve been shortlisted in the ‘Community Achievement’ category of this year’s 24 Housing Awards for a project we run for young people in Wellington.
This year's gardening competition winners are announced!
10 September 2014
Yesterday we were joined by Countrywide Grounds Maintenance to congratulate the winning residents and homeowners of this year's gardening competition.
We've been awarded an enhanced level Employability Chartermark for Business
20 August 2014
We've been awarded an enhanced level Employability Chartermark for Business, for our business strategy commitment to employability.
Refurbished sheltered housing scheme officially opened in Clevedon
15 August 2014
On Wednesday 13 August, we officially re-opened our sheltered housing scheme Knightstone Court in Clevedon, after extensive refurbishment work.
Community Empowerment news: We're helping local communities of Hartcliffe and Withywood make the most of their outside space
28 July 2014
We’re working with a number of partners in Bristol to help the local communities of Hartcliffe and Withywood make the most of their outside space.
Community Empowerment news: We've been working with residents and partners to bring new community together at iconic J3 development
28 July 2014
Following the official opening of our scheme J3, in central Bristol last year, we’ve been working with partners and local residents to bring the new community together.
Community Empowerment news: Residents in Street work together to improve their local environment
28 July 2014
Residents at Houndwood, a new community in Street, are working together with us and with partners to improve their local environment.
Community Empowerment news: Moving towards a child-friendly estate in Frome
28 July 2014
This summer we’re working with residents and our partners, Barnardos Play Rangers and the Police, to encourage the children of Ecos Court in Frome to play safely outside.
Community Empowerment news: Creating Active Communities in Yeovil, North Taunton and Minehead
28 July 2014
We’re leading a partnership project called ‘Creating Active Communities’ which is set to receive a share of £15 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation…
Community Empowerment news: Successful partnership with Community Payback in Bridgwater
28 July 2014
We’ve worked together with residents of Birch Close, Bridgwater, in partnership with Community Payback, to tidy up their neighbourhood and make it a better place to live.
Community Empowerment news: Two communities come together to create a dragon!
28 July 2014
We’ve worked with two of our communities to design and position a dragon as part of Taunton Deane’s Dragon Trail.
Our partnership to give local sport a boost in Somerset communities
11 July 2014
A project called ‘Creating Active Communities’ is set to help more local people get into sport thanks to £167,450 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.
The Housing Minister visited our ex-forces self-build project in Bristol
23 June 2014
Kris Hopkins, Minister for Housing, visited our self-build homes in Bedminster last week. The visit, arranged by the Homes and Communities Agency, was one of a series in the South West, allowing the…
We'e celebrating winning New Apprentice Employer of the Year Award
13 June 2014
We've been announced as New Apprentice Employer of the Year as the Weston College Business Awards.
Our IT Team has been shortlisted for a Housing Heroes award 2014
04 April 2014
We're pleased to announce that our IT team have been shortlisted for the IT team of the year award at this year’s Housing Heroes awards.
Two of our developments are among the UK’s Top 50 Affordable Housing Developments in 2014!
04 April 2014
Two of our developments in the South West have been named in Inside Housing’s Top 50 UK Affordable Housing Developments this year.
We welcome our new Into Work Team!
07 March 2014
This week, we've welcomed a new Into Work staff team, to help and support residents to access employment, training and volunteering opportunities.
Project Wellington’s community event is a great success, with more to come
06 March 2014
The joint working group, Project Wellington, held a successful Halloween community event for residents from the Cades Farm area last year, and has another planned for the coming months.
We celebrate bronze award at the What House? Awards 2013
20 November 2013
We've been awarded a bronze award at the What House? Awards 2013, for our scheme J3 in Easton, Bristol.
We’ve secured a £100m funding boost in a ground-breaking deal
28 October 2013
We’ve secured a £100 million funding boost to support our growth plans and enable us to continue to invest in communities in Somerset and the West of England.