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Eden HA shortlisted for contractor engagement award

9th May 2016

Eden Housing Association is recognised for partnership working at TPAS Award ceremony

Shortlisted for an award, Eden Housing Association represented Cumbria in a national award category that recognises excellence in engaging with contractors. It is the first time they have been nominated at the awards and only narrowly lost out on the top place.

The awards are organised each year by TPAS –tenant engaging experts who bring together landlords, tenants and contractors to improve services. The shortlisted entry from Eden Housing Association focused on their ‘Creative Van Art’ project which involved working with contractors ‘Partnering in Property Management Ltd’ (PPM), Kirkby Stephen Grammar School (KSGS) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The aim was to create artwork to be used as van wraps for PPM vehicles in the area and at the same time, create awareness of apprenticeship opportunities.

Students at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School stretched their creativity by designing a van bonnet that expresses how they feel about their local community. The two winning designs were then used as covers for the two PPM Ltd vans that travel across Eden.

Sarah Bowman, Community Development Officer at Eden Housing Association co-ordinated the project, working closely with Mrs Modlin, Kirkby Stephen Grammar School Art Teacher/Careers Advisor, and PPM Ltd.’s Managing Director Gordon McGregor who was one of the judges. “We wanted an activity that would create informal opportunity for students to find out about a variety of jobs and apprenticeships they may have never have otherwise considered and we wanted something they could enjoy over the summer months. The success can be seen in the number and quality of entries – and the fact that it led to two apprenticeships being taken up by students.”

“The design project was very much driven by the children’s interest. There were double the number of entries we anticipated, so PPM decided to commission two van graphics. They have been very supportive throughout the project and we’re pleased to see the vans on the road.”

To celebrate their achievements a team from PPM, Kirkby Stephen Grammar School and Eden Housing Association travelled to Manchester for the ceremony. Speaking after the event Carolyn Greenhalgh, Assistant Director for Housing and Support at Eden Housing Association said “We are proud to be included in the TPAS Awards which showcase the compelling and inspirational success stories of tenants, landlords and contractors working together. To be included in this group is a real achievement. We are a relatively small Housing Association but place great emphasis on working with our communities so this accolade means a great deal – to us and our partners.”

PPM’s Managing Director Gordon McGregor also attended the awards and said “I was very proud to see this project do so well. It was one of the most innovative projects mentioned and is a great template that can be used for future partnership working.”

Every year Eden Housing Association runs numerous community activities, from training programmes and fun days to developing gardening skills and organising a community polytunnel project that enables residents to grow their own food.

To find out more about supporting community activity, contact Sarah Bowman at Eden Housing Association on 01768 861 400.

Tpas Award event

The Eden HA team and the PPM team at the awards ceremony in Manchester

Partnership working leads to creative design

New livery for PPM vans

 

Great reaction to new North Cumbria Response Service

15th April 2016

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Great reaction to new North Cumbria Response Service

There has been a speedy reaction to the new Emergency Response Service being offered to customers in North Cumbria. The Eden Independent Living (EIL) team, who will be providing the service from 1st June, is working closely with Riverside to ensure all existing customers are contacted and have the option to transfer to the new service. In the first ten days almost 50% of customers have asked to make the transition, and it’s been growing on a daily basis ever since.

As part of a carefully planned strategy, Riverside contacted customers who use the response service, highlighting Eden Independent Living as an alternative provider of the response service and offering to help them register with EIL. Letters sent out at the end of March have had a very positive response with 46% of customers getting in touch with Riverside in the first ten days.

Kath Hetherington, Development Manager for Eden Independent Living said “We are in constant contact with the Riverside team, so we know on a daily basis how things are progressing – the response so far has been very encouraging. We are now working together on the next phase, to ensure all remaining customers are contacted.

“It’s very evident that the Riverside Interim Response Team in Carlisle is eager to ensure their customers have a safe and smooth transition to our service and are very committed to working through the list of customers who have not yet been in touch.”

Dean Butterworth, Riverside divisional director in Cumbria says “We are delighted that by partnering with Eden Independent Living we have been able to offer existing customers an alternative response provider, with an established track record. Riverside are running an interim response service to ensure continuity of service for is maintained during the change of provider.

“These are challenging times for many businesses offering support services. The housing sector, health sector and other services are having to adapt and evolve as changes to welfare and other funding streams start to impact on service provision. As a responsible business we are committed to supporting customers and staff through these changes and finding the best response and resolution.”

Eden Independent Living is a service provided by Eden Housing Association who operates a 24 hour response service in Eden. Extending into North Cumbria, they are opening a new office at their Heysham Gardens Extra Care scheme in Carlisle and are currently recruiting a number of staff including a North Cumbria Co-ordinator who will be based at Heysham Gardens.

Riverside will continue running an interim response service until EIL is fully operational on 1st June.

Anyone else looking to find out more about any of the EIL services available can contact the EIL media enquiries contact Tracey Errington on 01768 895964 or email tracey@marketsense.net

Riverside media enquiries contact Annamarie Desmond-Storey via email Annamarie.Desmond-Storey@riverside.org.uk

 Connecting with customers - Riverside and Eden Independent Living team 

Kath Hetherington, Development Manager for Eden Independent Living (far right) with Riverside team: Kerry Steel Team Leader Interim Response Service, Dean Butterworth Riverside Divisional Director and (seated) Interim Responder Val Mawson.

Eden Independent Living (EIL) was set up almost four years ago by Eden Housing Association to provide care, support and additional services like the handy person service, decorating and gardening. It has grown considerably and extended the range of services it offers. Merging at the beginning of the year with Eden Community Alarms, they are members of the Telecare Services Association (TSA). Last year, EIL saw a 20% increase in the number of people using their service.

 

Looking rosy for National Gardening Week

12th April 2016

Eden Independent Living gardening service has a rosy future ahead

The Penrith office of Eden Independent Living (EIL) has a fantastic view across St Andrews Churchyard with crocus and daffodils in bloom – heralding spring and the start of National Gardening week (11-18th April). It has also increased the number of calls for the EIL gardening service.

Eden Independent Living is designed to provide a range of services to help older residents stay independent in their own home. Gardening is the most recent addition to the portfolio of services on offer, introduced because of feedback and research.

Statistics on how many people actually enjoy keeping on top of their gardens vary. The Horticultural Trade Association says there are around 22 million domestic gardens in the UK, but according to Kantar data, there are only 12 million adults regularly enjoy gardening, most of whom are over 55’s. For aging residents across the UK, keeping on top of the garden as they get older, often becomes a frustration and a worry.

Kath Hetherington, Development Manager for Eden Independent Living Service said “we know the Eden population is aging quickly, we’ve seen a 20.4% increase in over 65’s since 2001 and that rate of growth is predicted to continue faster than anywhere else in Cumbria.* For those with a garden, there’s the concern of finding a reliable pair of hands to help prepare the garden for spring. That’s why we introduced the gardening service.”

Now firmly established, with gardeners covering the whole of Eden area, the EIL gardening service has grown 16% in the last twelve months. The team are expecting further growth this year as the two gardeners get more established.

The trust in the service is also growing with 65% of customers using the service on a regular basis. The most frequent tasks are general tidying of borders and edges and general maintenance, though at this time of year, pruning back winter shrubs and preparing lawns are also regular tasks.

Kath said “People like to be proud of their tidy garden and that doesn’t need to change when you get older, a little help can make a big difference. As demand for our gardening service is still growing, we predicted we’d need extra capacity, especially in the lead up to spring.

“The EIL gardening team is now up to full speed, using local gardeners Greg Corrie from Eden Externals in Penrith and Adam Tracey from Kirkby Stephen. Greg recently started his own business and the EIL team were keen to support him. Adam has been providing gardening tips and training courses for Eden Housing Association for residents for three years and has always had great feedback.”

The Eden Independent Living (EIL) Service was launched three and a half years ago by Eden Housing Association to provide care, support and additional services like the handy person service, decorating and gardening. Last year, EIL saw a 20% increase in the number of people using the service. With continued growth across all services, EIL is set to bloom.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the gardening service in Eden should contact the Eden Independent Living Team on 01768 890657or visit the website www.eil.org.uk

 

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Dennis Milner, EIL Co-ordinator with Kath Hetherington Development Manager in St Andrews Church Yard

 

Eden Independent Living service set to extend Emergency Response Service to cover North Cumbria

23rd March 2016

Eden Independent Living Logo        Eden logo [Converted]

The Eden Independent Living service from Eden Housing Association currently operates a 24 hour response service in Eden; they are now looking to extend the service into North Cumbria, where they already operate a range of services to help people remain independent in their own homes.

This is in direct response to the announcement that the Careline emergency response service run by Riverside is closing.

Eden Independent Living (EIL) was set up almost four years ago and has grown considerably and extended the range of services it offers. Merging at the beginning of the year with Eden Community Alarms, they are members of the Telecare Services Association (TSA).

The Eden Independent Living (EIL) team is working closely with Riverside to ensure there is no interruption of service. Riverside will be running an interim response service until EIL is fully operational at the first of June.

Riverside is contacting customers highlighting EIL as an alternative provider of the response service, offering to help them register with EIL to ensure a smooth transition.

Carolyn Greenhalgh, Assistant Director for Housing and Support at Eden Housing Association said “The extended EIL emergency response service will be set up to cover North Cumbria from our existing offices and we will be adapting the model that works so well for us in Eden. We will also be employing local staff.

“Following finalising discussions with Riverside, we want to take the earliest opportunity to reassure those who are currently receiving the Careline Response Service that there will be a locally based Emergency Response Service they can trust. Change is always a worry, even more so for older people. We plan to deliver a sustainable service that meets the needs of people living in North Cumbria now, and for the future.”

Dean Butterworth, Riverside divisional director in Cumbria says “I am are delighted that Eden Independent Living is able to take on the emergency response service so that vulnerable residents in Cumbria can the get the extra support they need. We have written to all our existing customers to update them about the changes and how they can sign up for the new service.”

Leading the Eden Independent Living Service across Eden and Carlisle will be Kath Hetherington, Development Manager for EIL. With 17 years supporting the emergency response service in Eden Kath said “It is good news that we have been able to work so closely with Riverside to set up the change. We are also talking to other organisations and agencies to make them aware of the new service which is available from 1st June 2016.”

Anyone else looking to find out more about any of the EIL services available can contact the Eden Independent Living Team on 01768 890657or visit the website www.eil.org.uk

For media enquiries about the EIL service contract Tracey Errington on 01768 895964 or email tracey@marketsense.net

For Riverside Careline enquiries contact Annamarie Desmond-Storey via email Annamarie.Desmond-Storey@riverside.org.uk 

Picture:  Some of the EIL support team with Kath Hetherington, Development Manager for EIL far right.

 EIL team with Kath Hetherington far right

 Editors notes: The Eden Independent Living (EIL) Service was launched by Eden Housing Association to provide care, support and additional services like the handy person service, decorating and gardening. Last year, EIL saw a 20% increase in the number of people using their service.

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Cumbria WISH members get assertive

17th March 2016

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WISH Cumbria gets assertive – it is OK to say no

Cumbrian branch of WISH (Women in Social Housing), held their latest event in Kendal, where attendees learned a few new tricks to help them become more assertive. Speaker Emma McColm from Lakes Coaching provided top tips, highlighting the difference between assertiveness and aggression.

Feedback from women working in social housing right across Cumbria provided the organisers of WISH Cumbria with a list of topics that would be really useful for personal development. How to be more confident and assertive were at the top of that list. WISH events have been held in other parts of the country, but the WISH Cumbria team were keen to source local providers and eager to work with Lakes Coaching.

Over twenty women took part in the event, including a team from Napthens Solicitors who sponsored the event. Carolyn Greenhalgh Assistant Director at Eden Housing Association and Chair of WISH Cumbria said “Our group is definitely gathering momentum and that’s because we have such a good mix of people; there were solicitors, surveyors, maintenance contractors as well as those involved in fund raising and housing management. It created a really nice buzz on the day and was good to see people from different walks of life, all connected to housing in some way.”

“Emma gave us the basic tools for dealing with difficult situations – we all agreed it’s hard to say no!   She showed us the difference between assertiveness which focuses on problems or issues, compared to aggression which is fuelled by frustration and personal emotion. The trick is how you deal with it.”

South Lakes Housing hosted the event, Lindsay Simons, Director of their Corporate Services said “Emma packed a huge amount into the session and we learned that using facts to express our argument is a very effective way to make a point with conviction. We also learned that you can compromise without being a doormat and what you allow is what will continue.”

Summing up the session attendee Carolyn Greenhalgh said “Learning to say no without feeling guilty is very empowering – and it’s true what Emma said ‘what you allow is what will continue.’ Hopefully we have all learned something to help us improve how we get our messages across.”

The next WISH Cumbria event is a networking lunch followed by an outstanding guest speaker. As an Opera singer and First Lady of the London Quartet, Sarah-Ann Cromwell is sure to give a powerful performance, helping attendee’s deal with nerves and hold a room to attention, giving them a toolkit to help project confidence and create a professional impact. It is being held at Penrith Rugby FC Club on Wednesday 18th May.

Members of WISH NW and WISH Cumbria can attend the event free of charge, with tickets for non-members at £30. To register, visit the Cumbria event page at www.wishgb.co.uk,

Getting assertive with WISH Cumbria in Kendal

Pictures: Attendees at the Cumbrian WISH Assertiveness meeting with Emma McColm (white shirt black trim centre) from Lakes Coaching near Kendal, held at South Lakes Housing Association, Kendal.   For more information or pictures contact Tracey Errington on 07799 640 290 or email tracey@marketsense.net

Editors notes:   WISH operates across the UK, to support women working in jobs right across the housing sector. In the past, with Cumbria being so geographically remote it has been harder for women living and working in this sector to network. The new Cumbria WISH group has already made great strides to change that, with a year long programme of events and training opportunities taking place across county including Carlisle, Kendal, Penrith and Cockermouth.   www.wishgb.co.uk,

 

Former Penrith Store becomes new homes

14th March 2016

Former shop becomes homes for Penrith residents

Created from a former shop in Penrith, Eden Housing Association is celebrating the launch of four new apartments which in turn, have freed up much needed family homes elsewhere in the town.

The shop on the Pategill estate in Penrith had been vacant for some time, despite great effort from the local community and Eden Housing Association to try and find someone to take on the business. With a constant shortage of homes in the district, Eden Housing Association following consultation in the local community decided to convert the shop into four one bedroomed apartments.

In 2015 Eden Housing Association successfully bid for a loan from Eden District Council’s Affordable Housing and Innovation Fund (AHIF). The emerging opportunity to convert the shop building at Pategill, met the local authorities’ criteria and as a result over £135,000 funding for the design and works involved was approved and a successful collaboration resulted.

At a cost of £242, 876, the property took 21 weeks to renovate from a shop to four homes, with tenants moving in December.

Creating these new homes has a number of benefits, it gives a new purpose to an unused building, reduces the risk of anti-social behaviour, and most importantly, has freed up family homes for other residents in Eden.

Three of the new residents have moved from three bedroom family homes into the apartments, it means larger families can make best use of a family home and the new Lonsdale Court tenants have downsized, reducing running costs and the 25% bedroom tax they were facing. One of these tenants is Miss Lucas (pictured) who was looking to downsize to a ground floor property. Transferring from a larger family home, Miss Lucas was also able to qualify for the Eden Housing Association ‘Incentive to Move’ grant which helps with reasonable moving expenses.

Others moving to the new homes include Mr Cunningham who was previously living with family, they were soon to move and this gave Mr Cunningham the opportunity to become independent in his own home.

John Clasper, Managing Director at Eden Housing Association said “Working in collaboration with Eden District Council we have been able to convert the shop into homes. The empty premises was beginning to attract some anti-social behaviour and the investment in this housing scheme has enabled this to be overcome and a much nicer appearance and environment to be re-established. Letting these homes has also resulted in better use of our stock all round and it is good to see that a couple of our tenants have been able to downsize, releasing larger houses nearby that have been allocated to families in need. ”

Eden District Council’s Deputy Leader and Housing and Health Portfolio Holder, Councillor Lesley Grisedale, said: “The Council through the £1 million Affordable Housing and Innovation Fund (AHIF) is delighted to have supported Eden Housing Association with a loan to develop the creation of these apartments at the former Pategill store in Penrith.

“It is great to see people occupying these new apartments and the money the Council continues to invest in affordable housing innovation schemes is coming to fruition and helping to meet local housing need.”

During 2016, Eden Housing Association plans to develop 20 affordable homes in the area, including properties in Penrith and Threlkeld.

For details of housing developments at Eden Housing Association, call 01768 861400 or visit www.edenha.org.uk

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John Clasper EHA MD with Miss Lucas and Cllr Lesley Grisedale

John Clasper EHA MD with Miss Lucas and Cllr Lesley Grisedale

Pictures: John Clasper, MD Eden Housing Association meets new Pategill tenant Miss Lucas with Councillor Lesley Grisedale, Eden District Council’s Deputy Leader and Housing and Health Portfolio Holder

 

Notes to the editor:

Eden Housing Association was established in 1997 following the voluntary transfer of housing stock from Eden District Council. Operating chiefly across North Cumbria they own/manage around 1,982 homes for affordable rent or sale, and act as Managing Agents for Mitre Housing Association, Allonby Alms-houses, and Lyvennet Community Trust.

EDC – The £1million AHIF was established in September 2014. Bids to the Fund are scrutinised by a sub-group of the Eden Housing board, including the Council’s Housing Portfolio Holder. AHIF places the Council in a strong position to guide and influence the delivery of affordable housing in the area. Loan repayments from the finance provided to housing associations are re-invested in the Fund.

Housing Association Chiefs set for a cold night raising money at the Big Sleep

27th January 2016

Three Housing Association Chiefs will be finding out what it is like to really suffer the cold when they take part in the Big Sleep – the Cumbrian event organised by Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF) to raise awareness and funds for their Winter Warmth Fund.  The Housing Chiefs set themselves a target of raising over £1000 and are geared up for a cold night at Windermere.

John Clasper Managing Director of Eden Housing Association has taken part in the event in the past and was keen to rally other housing leaders to participate. In November Mike Muir, CEO at Impact Housing, Cath Purdy, CEO at South Lakes Housing and Stephanie Murphy from Two Castles Housing Association all agreed to join John at the Big Sleep, raising the profile and gathering pounds to support the Winter Warmth Fund.

This is the third year for what has become an annual CCF appeal, which has so far raised £55,000. John Clasper said “ I remember being without heating in my own home during one winter for only a couple of days and how miserable that made me feel, in Eden District we have a higher rate of older people than in most parts of the UK so I was very keen to support the winter warmth appeal The previous Big Sleep I participated in was an incredible event, not only in raising money but creating awareness that so many older people in Cumbria die because of the effect of cold weather. It’s unbelievable that during a bad winter around 300 older people in Cumbria die, with many thought to have to choose between heating their homes and eating a meal.

“There has been real comradery in our group, though sadly Stephanie is no longer able to join us on the night. Cumbria Community Foundation makes it a night to remember and the Spirit of Cumbria will be on show as it has been during the floods.”

Mike Muir, CEO at Impact Housing Association said “Lots of our tenants and residents are on low incomes and fixed pensions and the particularly poor weather we’ve seen makes it even more difficult for them. We wanted to show our joint commitment to the cause and will raise money towards the fund which helps keep older people in Cumbria safe and warm. ”

The third member of the Housing Chiefs to camp out is Cath Purdy, CEO at South Lakes Housing. “We signed up to the event weeks before the devastating effects of Storm Desmond, so what we’re doing has become even more important. The Community Foundation has raised more than £4.5 million towards the Flood Appeal, but it means fundraising for other causes has been slower. There are still lots of older people really needing help, CCF has already given out £74,000 to help older people keep warm this winter, but they have only had £55,000 in donations so far. We’re hoping our contribution will help make a difference.”

The night under the stars takes place in a very wet field by the Low Wood Hotel, Ambleside in near freezing conditions. It is hoped the deluges of rain the county has experienced in the last month doesn’t interfere with the event.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the fund raising can donate on the Chief Exec Just Giving Page www.justgiving.com/cxbigsleep. For more information about the Big Sleep event and the Winter Warmth Fund, visit   www.cumbriafoundation.org/bigsleep

Three housing leaders set for Big SleepPicture: Three Cumbrian housing leaders set for the Big Sleep organised by the Cumbria Community Foundation. Mike Muir, Chief Executive Impact Housing Association, Cath Purdy Chief Executive, South Lakes Housing and John Clasper Managing Director at Eden Housing Association

For more information on this press release please contact Tracey@marketsense.net 01768 895964

New beginnings – merged services will grow Independent Living Service

21st January 2016

January marks a new beginning for services to support older people living in Eden. The merger of Eden Community Alarms (ECA) with Eden Housing Association was completed in time to start the New Year under the banner of Eden Independent Living (EIL). The official launch took place on Wednesday (20th January) when ECA Patron Lady Inglewood cut the ribbon to open the rebranded office and reception known as ‘Number Twelve’.

For months the joint merger group has been working to ensure a seamless transition of services to customers, as well as working to rebrand the Eden Independent Living Service and the former ECA offices at 12 St Andrews Churchyard in Penrith. Wednesday’s celebration marks the completion of the transition.

Henry Barker, Chair of Eden Housing Association welcomed guests to the launch by saying “We are here to celebrate the joining together of two great Eden organisations and mark the launch of ‘Number Twelve’ the dedicated Eden Independent Living office.

EHA and ECA have a rich independent history but have been collaborators pretty much since both organisations began. Coming together, with staff and volunteers who I believe have a great reputation and are trusted in the local community, we are confident we can make a bigger difference to the customers we serve.

Bringing our pooled services together under ‘Eden Independent Living’ allows us to grow and improve the services offered to ensure the older population of Eden, (which is set to grow considerably), can be confident of care and practical support services that can be tailored to their needs. Dovetailing with their own networks of friends and family, and ultimately, enabling people to stay independent and enjoy a lifestyle of their choosing is what EIL is all about.

I’d also like to thank ECA Chair David Wood and the Trustees for the open and visionary way they have led ECA during discussions around our joining together and also want to welcome David as a member of the Eden Housing Association Board.”

Speaking on behalf of Eden Community Alarms, Chair David Wood said “Today marks a significant step forward in enabling the vulnerable people of this area to remain independent in their own homes for longer.

Irene Kerr, one of the founders of ECA said at the 1989 inaugural launch that she “likened what we were undertaking as very similar to the birth of a new baby, which we would treasure and watch grow into a beautiful child and eventually into a living and giving and much respected adult, taking its place in society.”

That is very much what has happened, along with all the difficulties and uncertainties of growing up. John Brown, another founder said much the same thing. He remembers ECA emerging from a time of real multi-agency collaboration in the mid-eighties. Both John and Irene see this merger as the natural, almost inevitable, course of action. In Irene’s words this is more of a marriage than a merger.

We are again in a time of a need for real collaboration in the provision of services. A renewed and enlarged Eden Independent Living can take forward that work with confidence, not because it has the technology, important though that is, but because it has the people; people at every level who care about the needs of other people. We are, as one observer remarked, a people organisation.

It is people who make the difference between providing an alarm and providing a service. People who assess needs or visit to ensure things are working properly, people in offices ensuring things are done efficiently and people in meetings looking for new opportunities for service.”

The honour of officially cutting the ribbon fell to Lady Inglewood who has been patron of ECA for seven years; she said “It’s absolutely fantastic to be here for the opening. I’ve known ECA for many years and know they do much more than alarms. The merger and change of name is a very positive thing – it makes it much clearer what they do. It’s incredibly important to keep people in their own homes, I’ve seen this first hand in our own family and am certain this change makes great sense and wish everyone involved good luck as we officially open.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the growing service at Eden Independent Living can contact the team on 01768 890657 or visit the website www.eil.org.uk

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Picture: Patron of ECA Lady Inglewood officially opens Number 12, the Eden Independent Living office in St Andrews Churchyard, with L2R: Henry Barker Chair of EHA, EIL Kath Hetherington Development Manager, Carolyn Greenhalgh Assistant Director Housing & Support EHA, John Clasper Managing Director EHA with Eden District Council Chairman Cllr Mike Tonkin and Rev David Wood Chair of ECA

Update on the December 2015 Floods

15th December 2015

The floods in December 2015 hit many homes and communities throughout Eden.  If you have been affected and are in need of alternative accommodation as a direct result of the floods please do not hesitate to contact our Housing Advice Service on 01768 861400.

Please note there is no distinction whatsoever made between social and affordable housing tenants, private renters or owner-occupiers for this service.

For information we have also attached a copy of the up to date Cumbria Flood Factsheet below.

Eden Newsletter – 2016 04 29 PDF (2)

Eden Housing Association is supporting the Cumbria Community Foundation 2015 Flood Recovery Appeal.

Cumbria Flood Appeal 2015 - Email Signature (2)

 

Business and school partnership results in creative van art

30th November 2015

School pupils will be watching the road for traffic this week, watching out for white vans with a difference. A project led by two Cumbrian businesses has enabled students at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School to stretch their creativity by designing a van bonnet that expresses how they feel about their local community. The winning designs are now covering two PPM Ltd vans that travel across Eden.

PPM Ltd, the Cumbrian property maintenance company has been providing day to day property maintenance service to Eden Housing Association for three years. Keen to develop their partnership in the community, PPM Ltd has joined forces with EHA Community Development Team to develop an apprenticeship roadshow visited Kirkby Stephen Grammar School to talk about apprenticeships with year ten and eleven students.

This visit led PPM Ltd.’s Managing Director Gordon McGregor to consider how they could stimulate students to think more about their community and possibly discover a new range of job opportunities. Liaising with Sarah Bowman, Community Development Officer at Eden Housing Association, and teacher Mrs Modlin, (also Careers Advisor for the school), they launched a creative project to design a PPM van bonnet.

Sarah Bowman, Community Development Officer at Eden Housing Association said “Chatting to Gordon it became clear that this would be a great way for young people to creatively express how they see their community and at the same time, think through the whole process, from design to production. If it sparks interest in new career opportunities or gets them thinking about the variety of jobs available within a single business, that can only be for the good.”

Students from across the school worked on designs through the summer. The seventy entries were judged by Gordon McGregor from PPM Ltd and John Clasper, Managing Director at Eden Housing Association. Initially they were looking for one winning design for a van, but the standard was so high, they created two winners who both had their designs transferred on to vans, they also added highly commended awards for impressive creativity.

The winners were congratulated at a school assembly this week, when the two newly liveried vans drove into the school grounds.

The winning van designs came from Alice Fawcett and Nathan Wolstenholme, with Highly Commended Awards presented to Amy Macdonald, Ella Capstick, Hayley Pinder and Benjamin Cottrell.

Commenting on the winning entries, the judges said “Alice’s design made an impression with colour and content and encompassed so much of the community and environment. In contrast, Nathan’s design had a real impact, the simplicity and the quality of his illustrations were excellent and it has a strong sporting link.”

Speaking after the assembly, Gordon McGregor, Managing Director at PPM Ltd said “We have around 90 staff working in a variety of roles from maintenance engineers to office administration and accounts and also offer apprenticeships. We’re proud of the maintenance service we offer, but we want to make an impact in our communities too. Working with organisations like Eden Housing Association has proved to be very effective; it demonstrates that together we can achieve more.”

Head Teacher Ruth Houston said “The school is delighted to work with local businesses like Eden Housing Association and PPM Ltd as part of our growing links between the school and local community. The title of this project “what our community means to me” was very meaningful and real for the students and it’s great to know the PPM vans will be seen regularly around the area.”

To find out more about supporting community activity, contact Sarah Bowman at Eden Housing Association on 01768 861 400.

Alice Fawcett with her design

Alice Fawcett with her design

Nathan Wolstenholme with his design

Nathan Wolstenholme with his design

Partnership working leads to creative design

New livery for PPM Ltd vans. Gordon McGregor MD at PPM Ltd with student Nathan Wolstenholme, Kirkby Stephen Grammar School Head Teacher Ruth Houston with Eden Housing Association’s Community Development Officer Sarah Bowman, Alice Fawcett with Beth Nicholls Communications and Development Officer for PPM Ltd

 

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