We know it's a bit of a rubbish topic but we need your help. Only 42% of household waste is recycled in the UK. And we want to increase this percentage to stop more natural habitats from becoming landfill sites.
Be scam aware: how you can avoid falling victim to scammers
Scams, whether they're online or over the phone, there are plenty out there. We're sharing some quick and simple tips to stop you, your friends and your family from falling victim to scammers.
Creating memories in the middle of a pandemic
Bill and his wife have lived at Rowan Village for over nine years and love being surrounded by a community of people. When the Covid-19 pandemic started Bill was forced to shield and everything changed. Bill found it really tough not seeing his family and friends. Luckily he had a passion that could help: photography. Bill discovered photography later in life but it soon became a favourite hobby. When the New Homes and Growth Team began work at Lime Tree Court they hoped Bill could capture the site transformation and create a photo montage of the once derelict site.
Meet new housing manager Laura
A big welcome to Housing Manager Laura who joined us in October 2020. Laura brings a huge variety of experience and knowledge having worked in community development, specialised homes for over 50s, anti social behaviour teams and lots more. Laura also brings a passion for making a real difference to residents and is excited to share our brand new community fund project. Read on to find out more.
A life changing home
Last year we built 10 bungalows on the derelict Swallows Nest pub in Newstead. Two of these bungalows were specially designed for families supported by the Donna Louise Trust. Emma and daughters Violet and Ivy; who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome (or a special heart as Ivy calls it) moved in last April. They had been living in a home that no longer met their needs and after a separation, Emma was living in her friends spare room with Violet and Ivy.
Loneliness awareness week: how village living helped customer John feel less alone
Since the pandemic began in 2020, more people have been affected by loneliness. It's been particularly tough on those people who’ve lost a loved one. Like customer John, who moved to the Rowan Village after his wife sadly passed away. He now doesn't feel so alone, read his story.
Our amazing volunteers help make our work possible
We wanted to celebrate all of our amazing volunteers by sharing some of their stories. We spoke to volunteers from Bradeley Village who gladly offer up their spare time to help out and here's what they had to say
Mental Health Awareness Week: Communal gardens become resident Ivy’s savior as she adjusts to life without her husband
This mental health week we spoke to resident Ivy. She told us all about how the communal gardens have been her saviour throughout lockdown and after losing her husband to COVID-19.
Our new £2,000 fund hopes to help improve local communities for customers
We’ve created a £2,000 community fund to ensure we're investing in the things our customers care about.