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If any of you have been in to Harbour House, or driven past a Community Gateway van this week, I’m sure you can’t have failed to notice that we have now launched our new Community Gateway logo. 

 

This is the culmination of a considerable amount of effort, hard work and commitment and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our colleagues and customers who have been involved in the development of our new logo; from those of you who attended Brand Champions meetings, to filling out the online survey, to co-ordinating the launch. 

 

I’m really pleased with the outcome, and just as pleased with the way that tenants and colleagues have worked in partnership throughout the project.

 

We have tried to capture much of the feedback from all of the consultation we’ve carried out with a wide range of stakeholders.  The logo is much fresher in look and feel – with a more modern font and the introduction of vibrant colours whilst retaining the teal from our original logo, and of course, as promised, purple remains the predominant colour.  Most importantly we were looking for the logo to give a sense of what we as a company are about and feel that the central “icon” within the logo does just that.  The icon combines both people and house shapes and conveys a sense of community, teamwork and togetherness, and the fact that we are a community based housing provider. 

 

We have also removed the word “Association” from the main logo as the feedback told us that a) our customers rarely use the word when referring to us, and would instead use Community Gateway, or simply Gateway; and b) it felt too formal, stuffy and old-hat – not reflective of the organisation we are or want to be in the future.  Our business name, registered with Companies House, will always be Community Gateway Association, but our new look logo and brand guidelines will refer to us as Community Gateway.  

 

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who has been involved in this project in one way or another, providing feedback and input and helping to shape the final look and design of our new logo.

 

I’d love to know what you think of the new logo so why not tweet me @CGARobW

Rob

Welcome to your new look Community Gateway

Hello everyone and welcome to your new look Community Gateway!

After lots of hard work, the team at Gateway is delighted to finally share the new brand with you and we want to thank all of our colleagues and members for their support and input on creating this new look and feel.

Since the start of the project, our colleagues and customers have worked closely together as brand champions to develop the new logo - all the way from the consultation phase, to the design, where members were updated at the AGM in September. We’re very proud of what we’ve created and we hope you love it as much as we do!

Why The New Look?

Our previous logo had been around since 2005 and with our new corporate plan taking us through to 2024, we were all in agreement that we were due an update and the new brand should represent our evolving company.  As you can see, our four new colours are bright, diverse and impactful – just like us here at CGA! But don’t worry; we will always be purple people!

We’d love to hear any feedback from you so please get in contact to tell us your thoughts!

Email communications@communitygateway.co.uk or check out our social media pages!

Welcome to the family

Preston based social landlord, Community Gateway Association (CGA), announced today that it has completed its largest ever stock acquisition from Clarion Housing Group.

CGA has today acquired 306 properties from Clarion Housing Group in Preston, including general needs homes and a supported housing scheme.

This acquisition is part of CGA’s strategy to own 7,000 properties by 2022, which has already seen CGA build and acquire nearly 350 new homes in just three years, and together with the transfer of 124 homes in Preston, Chorley and Blackpool from Regenda Housing Group, a total of 430 homes have been acquired in the last week.

Louise Mattinson, Executive Director of Customers and Communities, said,

“This is CGA’s largest stock acquisition to date and brings us closer to us achieving our aim to own 7,000 properties by 2022.  These properties are in a great area of Preston, adjacent to areas where we already own a number of other properties, which means we can easily deliver our excellent services to our new customers. These are really exciting times for Gateway; we have ambitions to grow, but we will continue to put our tenants at the heart of what we do, and to provide high quality, affordable homes for the people of Preston and surrounding areas.  I’d like to thank the staff and tenants involved in the transfer and welcome all those tenants who join the CGA family from today; I hope they will be very happy in their homes and with CGA as their new local landlord.”

Making Our Website Accessible to All

Did you know that the CGA website has Recite Me? Recite Me is a “text to speech” tool with additional dyslexia friendly options and language translations.  It is designed to meet the needs of our customers who may have Low level Visual impairment, or dyslexia or for whom English isn’t their first language.

Recite Me provides translation to over 100 languages, readers can select dyslexic friendly fonts and adjustable colour schemes, for example dark font on yellow background, and the website can be presented in a text only view.  Customers can also download content via MP3 e.g. listen to later.

When you click the play button the web content is read out to users in a natural voice and readers can select male or female. The content can be read in different languages if selected. 

Thank You to Our Residents!

Last week, the Community Gateway team visited two of their independent living residents, Bill O’Shaughnessy and Patricia Shuttleworth, to say a big thank you for their generous wool donations to the newly created CGA Knitting Club.

The club, set up by CGA employees, Paul Fleming, Suzanne Mansbridge and Paula Lister, has been established as just one of CGA’s initiatives to improve employee’s wellbeing and received a great turn out on their first meeting.

The new group was mentioned to the residents at a community event, which prompted Bill, of Chapelford, to very kindly donate his late wife’s wool. When the team visited – he reminisced about stories of how she would make knitted dolls for the hospital that their daughter worked in and proudly displayed her cross – stiched pictures on his walls.

Bill said:

“I am happy the wool is being used at Community Gateway, my wife loved knitting and I am glad it’s being put to good use”.

Patricia, of Leyburn, also very generously donated some wool and upon visiting her to present her gifts, also donated an extra box of baby clothes for charity. 

PVC Business Support Officer, Kerry Stevens, attended the knitting class and told us how grateful she was of the donations:

 

“Wellbeing at work is so important and businesses are really starting to realise this now. This knitting class is just one step in the right direction - all the teams and I at CGA want to thank Bill and Patricia for helping us, it really reinforces that we are a community”. 

From everyone at CGA, we want to thank both for their generosity, all donations are extremely appreciated.

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