Latest news at CGA — articles for April 2018

Family homes in Savick now complete

Building work on the former Savick pub site, Luton Road and Ainsdale Drive, has now been completed. We have built 8 two bedroomed houses and 2 two bedroomed bungalows, which will all be let as affordable housing.

Alan Glover, new resident, said,

“I’m so grateful to Gateway for this new house. It means there will be plenty of room for me and my daughter and it’s close to her school too! I’m looking forward to sitting in the garden and enjoying the peaceful surroundings.”

The family homes took 10 months to complete and are conveniently situated on the local bus route. New residents will also benefit from nearby shops, Savick library and a local secondary school.

Lee Garry, our Head of Asset Management at CGA, said,

“We’re really pleased with these new homes and feel that the development has transformed the former Savick pub site, which was once an anti-social hot spot, into some fantastic, much needed family homes. These homes are designed to be energy efficient helping to reduce energy bills, which in turn will help residents sustain their tenancy.”

These properties were let via Select Move, a housing website that allows applicants to actively express their interest in properties available for rent.

Work begins on Preston's very first Independent Living Scheme

Work has begun on Preston’s first independent living scheme on Dovedale Avenue, Ingol. The new scheme will consist of 60 fully wheelchair accessible one and two bedroomed apartments, all with private outdoor space. The scheme will also contain a bistro, hairdressers, treatment/consultation and activity rooms.


Councillor Brian Rollo, The Mayor of Preston, who joined us to celebrate the start of work on site, said,


“This scheme has been a long time coming – I know, I was on the CGA Board 6 years ago when the first discussions were held about getting the finance and planning through. We’ve dug the very first hole today, there’s still a lot more work to do, be I’m sure it’ll be well worth it! I’m excited to see the finished scheme.”


The facilities, along with the communal gardens, will be open to the general public, to encourage engagement with the wider community and neighbouring residents.
Louise Mattinson, our Executive Director of Customers and Communities, said,


“This scheme will provide a fantastic resource for the local community, who have been overwhelmingly supportive. When the scheme is completed, the building, and the services that we will be able to deliver for some of our most vulnerable residents, will be something that the local community and everyone involved in designing the scheme, can be really proud of. I’d like to thank Homes England for providing significant funding and also say a particular thank you to our Sheltered Housing Action Group members, who have helped design such a great scheme and campaigned tirelessly to get the scheme off the ground for a number of years.”

The first of its kind in Preston and one of very few in Lancashire, the new independent living scheme will provide 24 hour support to residents with a range of support needs, from those with high level support needs, requiring daily care, to those with low/no care needs, who will benefit from support from staff members when needed.


The contractor leading on this development is North West based company, Cruden Construction. Site Manager, Paul Hunter said,


“Cruden Construction have worked on a few villages, care homes and schemes similar to this one, so CGA can rest assured they’re in good hands. Since we were appointed to this project back in March, we’ve worked hard to ensure the apartments are accessible; making the doors wider, ensuring level access with nothing above 15mm off the ground, to make getting around easier for residents and visitors alike.”


The build is scheduled to be complete in 2020. To keep up with the progress of the build, follow us on Twitter and Facebook

 

CGA achieves 8th RoSPA Gold Medal Award

We are pleased to annouce that we have achieved the prestigious RoSPA Gold Medal Award, which recognises our health and safety performance and practices.

We have now achieved 8 consecutive Golds in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

Thomas Jones, our Health and Safety Advisor, said, “Receiving this prestigious award for the 8th consecutive year is testament to the dedication of everyone here at CGA, to achieving and maintaining high standards of health and safety performance. Evidence from teams across the organisation was submitted in our application, so this award is an achievement for all of our colleagues.”

 

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said,

“The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.”

This Gold Medal Award follows shortly after our 5 star grading in the British Safety Council Audit. At CGA, we're passion about people and their safety too! 

MP Tracey Crouch visits CGA

CGA was recently visited by MP Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society. 

Tracey received a presentation that gave an overview of a variety of topics including community involvement and empowerment, how we work in partnership with other organisations and an introduction to Preston Vocational Centre.

Our exciting plans for the new independent living scheme we are building in Ingol and how it forms a crucial part of our supported housing strategy, were also highlighted during the presentation. 

This positive interaction with Members of Parliament helps us promote what we are doing out in the community and keep the great work and crucial role of housing associations, at the forefront of Parliament’s mind.

Three cheers for St Catherine's Hospice

This week, we presented a cheque for £8967.40 to St Catherine’s Hospice, a local charity that supports people with life shortening illnesses. Our staff have spent the last 12 months running, swimming, baking, hiking, cycling and have even jumped out of a plane in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Councillor Brian Rollo, The Mayor of Preston and supporter of St Catherine’s Hospice, also attended to help present the cheque.

Each year we vote on a charity to become our corporate charity of the year and carry out a variety of activities to raise funds for them. This year’s grand total of nearly £9000, donated to St Catherine’s Hospice, has broken our fundraising record by over £3000. We have voted to support the North West Air Ambulance during 2018/19. More details on St Catherine’s Hospice can be found at www.stcatherines.co.uk.

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