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Tenants trained at Trafford Hall

Recently some of our involved residents visited Trafford Hall, in Chester, to take part in a training day focussing on empowering tenants within their communities. Keeping tenants' voices at the heart of what we do is what we live and breathe at CGA, so it was great to catch up with those that went along to hear how it went.

 

Sessions throughout the day covered event planning, involving the community in a range of projects as well as empowering tenants.

 

David, one of our involved tenants and attendee, explained,

“The aim of the course was to look at how we can communicate the aims and functions of our housing association to the wider community. In our first session, we talked about developing a vision for our communities and ways we could bring communities together. In the final session, we thought about Action Planning and how we could draw up plans to improve our communities.”

 

Other residents that attended said:

“It's got to be said, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was fascinating meeting so many diverse people from different areas, backgrounds and levels of involvement in the housing sector.”

- Wren

 

“I met new people whose Housing Associations had a few hundred to 90,000 homes and all had some good ideas. The trainer was very helpful and knew an answer to every question.”

- Pam

 

This is one of many engaging courses that our Members have been on, each with the aim of finding ways they can help positively impact the community in Preston. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, get in touch with our Community Empowerment Team on get.involved@communitygateway.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Community Led Development now complete!

We had a superb morning celebrating the completion of our Ingol development of 8 one and two bedroom bungalows. This was our second ‘Community Led Development’ where members of the local community were involved in site meetings and acted as ambassadors of the build, keeping other locals up to date with the progress of the build. 

Councillor Rollo, Mayor of Preston, and the Mayoress attended and cut the ribbon signifying the end of a successful build.

Our new properties in Ingol help us to continue providing affordable homes in Preston and contribute to our aim of owning 7000 properties by 2022.

To view the properties we have available to let visit selectmove.co.uk

A taste of Scotland at Windsor Court

Lots of fun was had at the latest ‘Armchair Travel’ event at Windsor Court. Armchair Travel is where we bring a taste of different countries to our residents! This week residents from across our schemes enjoyed Scottish haggis and meat potato pie followed by a fantastic performance from a Bag Piper!

Housing Support Officer Karen said “The residents love it! They all get involved, get to meet and speak to lots of new people from other schemes. It’s a really good day for everyone.”

The fun doesn’t stop here! If you are in one of our sheltered schemes there are more events lined up:

  • Wednesday 31st January – Quiz at The Filberts – 1:30pm
  • Friday 9th February – Sing along at Sunningdale – 1:30pm
  • Wednesday 14th February    – Quiz at Brookhaven – 1:30pm 
  • Friday 23rd February – Quiz at Chapelfold -  1:30pm

If you want to come along call our sheltered housing team on 0800 953 0213.

people waving Bag piper  

Have your say on social housing

Have your say! The Department for Communities and Local Government would like your views on key issues and concerns related to social housing based on your own housing experience.

In November we held a tenant engagement event where social housing residents gathered at Preston North End football stadium and had the opportunity to discuss social housing with the previous Housing Minister, Alok Sharma. 

If you didn't attend the event or you have more views you would like to share, that would help the government shape their Social Housing Green Paper follow the link below!  

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/tenants2017

Have your say and complete this questionnaire by the 31st January. 

168 children receive Christmas toy hamper

At Gateway we're passionate about people and love being able to put a smile on peoples' faces. 

 

Quote from customer: Thank you for the gifts you have given

This Christmas CGA was able to help provide toy hampers for 168 children across 72 households. A further 14 food hampers were provided to households without children.

Our Tenancy Support Team Leader Jackie said "We are happy to be able to provide support to families over the festive period and throughout the year. We understand the financial pressures some of our customers are facing and want to try and ease that burden where possible."

A special thank you to Toys R Us (Preston), Preston North End FC, Mothercare (Preston), Longton Churches, Rock FM’s Mission Christmas, Odeon Cinema (Preston), Lloyd Mini (Blackpool) Asbestos Control & Treatment Ltd for donating toys and goodies.

Nominations for toy hampers will open later on in the year. 

 

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