Latest news at CGA — articles for July 2019

Come and see us tomorrow at Preston Pulse

Once again, Community Gateway are proud to be sponsoring the fabulous Preston Pulse event, which gets bigger and better every year. Come and see us at Preston Pulse tomorrow on the Flag Market between 10.30am and 4pm and join in with the diversity celebrations!

Preston Pulse is all about empowering individuals and strengthening engagement across the Preston - we want you to be a part of it!

Look for our Community Gateway stand, where you can find out more about the services we offer to young people over 16 and adults; help with getting a job, going onto further education or gaining vocational training with our subsidiary charitable organisaiton Preston Vocational Centre (PVC). We have a range of programmes on offer that could be just what you are looking take that first step to a new career, make friends and meet new people, boost your confidence or get back into the world of work.

If you're interested in becoming a Gateway tenant, we can also advise on the process too and if you are currently one of our tenants, we can also help with any questions you might have about your tenancy. 

We'd also like to hear your views on our new Empowerment Strategy.

As a thank you for popping over to see us, there will be some fun "freebies" for you to take away.

We hope to see you there!

Community Food Hubs available over Summer

Community Gateway is holding food hubs at a variety of locations across Preston over the Summer to combat Holiday Hunger.

We will be providing quality fresh produce and you only need to pay whatever you can afford.

The events are open to Community Gateway tenants only. Please bring along proof of your address such as a household bill or driving licence. 

If you just want to come along and see what's on offer, please do.

The dates and venues are;

  • Friday 26th July – Willow Crescent (Acorn building), Ribbleton 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday 2nd August – William Young Centre, William Young Close, Harewood Road PR1 6XW – 3pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 8th August – Sion Park Hub – 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday 16th August – Bay Tree Farm – 4pm to 5pm
  • Thursday 22nd August – Grange Park Community Garden – 2 pm. to 3 pm.

We will be adding more later dates and times, so please check back in August to see when these are.or call our freephone number for more information 0800 953 0213

Happy new home for the Drzewieckis

Mr and Mrs Drzewiecki are full of smiles after moving into their new home yesterday (3rd July).

David and Margorzata, who have three young children, lived in a 2-bed home elsewhere in Preston, but wanted something more spacious with a drive and a garden to accommodate their growing family. They also had their heart set on the Brookfield area.

The couple were registered with the Select Move property finder and were helped on their journey by Laura Pavlikova, one of our Allocations Officers, who showed them a couple of houses, before suggesting they bid on one of our new semi-detached homes on the former Brookfield Church site.

They did and were thrilled when they were allocated a home which matched all their requirements – and even more so when they saw the light and airy rooms, which were a lot bigger than expected. The 13 two and three-bed properties on the site were built by Seddon Construction to a very high specification, with all properties boasting large gardens with patios, a driveway and pleasant landscaping.

David said: “The children are growing up now and we needed more bedroom space and a garden for them to play. We are really happy with this house and with the service we have received from Community Gateway, who we definitely feel are the best housing association in the area. We’d like to thank Laura, in particular, for all her help.”

Join our Tenant Scrutiny Group

Community Gateway has tenant involvement at its heart. We are currently looking for tenants who are interested in helping us to shape and improve services for tenants and the community by becoming a Tenant Scrutiny Group Member.

It will be an exciting and interesting role with lots of opportunities to learn all about how Community Gateway works and make recommendations to help us improve what we do. You will be looking at a range of issues including how homes and neighbourhoods owned by Community Gateway are managed, and how we work with our communities.

There is no one thing that will make someone right for the Tenant Scrutiny Group, everyone will have personal qualities they can bring, so if you want to find out more, please click here.

The role is voluntary, but reasonable expenses will be paid. The deadline to apply is 21st July 2019.


Top tips to get rid of our pesky friends

We’re all looking forward to Summer, but unfortunately the warm weather has its downsides. We’ve had lots of calls recently about ants, insects and pests. We don’t cover these in our Tenancy Agreements, but here’s some top tips to help you try to get rid of any nasties yourself, if they come into your home.

Like many pests, ants come inside once they find a good food source, so don’t leave any food lying around and keep the kitchen spick and span. Once they’re in, they spread the word to others that here is somewhere good to stay, so that’s what you want to prevent..

  1. Get rid of their scent trail by cleaning with water and vinegar. Make sure there’s no crumbs on the kitchen floor, vacuum your carpets and empty and wash your bins. You might want to put some baking soda in your bins to put them off.
  2. You can also use some home solutions to repel ants. Ants don’t like citrus smells, so you could make a solution of lemon juice, orange peel or cucumber rind with warm water and wipe or mop your floors and surfaces down with it.
  3. Spices and herbs are also known to repel ants. Garlic, mint, basil, cayenne or chilli pepper, cloves or black pepper are especially good..
  4. You can buy a powder like mixture called diatomaceous earth to seal up cracks and small holes, or apply it to edges where there has been ant activity. You can also spray it wet on walls.
  5. Caulk (similar to sealant) can also be used to seal up entry points like cracks round doors and windows.

We are also approaching Flying Ant Season. The best way to avoid falling victim to these pests are to:

  • Seal cracks and crevices around your property, keeping windows and doors shut or put up a fly screen to stop them getting in.

If you need another copy of our Tenancy Agreement to check what minor works we can carry out for you, just give us a call on 0800 953 0213.