Housing News from across Co Durham
Former council housing Council housing in the following former districts is now provided by registered providers:
Chester-le-Street: Housing in Chester-le-Street, Sacriston, Great Lumley, Pelton and surrounding areas is now provided by Karbon Homes (was Cestria, Derwentside and Isos).
Derwentside: Housing in Consett, Stanley, Lanchester, Langley Park and surrounding areas is now provided by Karbon Homes (was Cestria, Derwentside and Isos).
Durham City: Housing in Durham City and surrounding villages is now provided by Durham City Homes as part of the County Durham Housing Group.
Easington: Housing in Easington, Peterlee, Seaham and surrounding areas is now provided by East Durham Homes as part of the County Durham Housing Group.
Sedgefield: Housing in Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe, Spennymoor and surrounding areas is now provided by livin.
Teesdale: Housing in Barnard Castle, Cockfield, Evenwood, Etherley and surrounding areas is now provided by North Star Housing Group.
Wear Valley:Housing in Crook, Bishop Auckland, Coundon and surrounding areas is now provided by Dale & Valley Homes as part of the County Durham Housing Group.
Home Group…Homestay sessions….
Please find attached the latest addition of Easington Homestay drop-in timetable for you to circulate within your office, teams and colleagues.
Please signpost any customers or clients with housing related issues to one of our drop-in’s for housing related support. We have drop in’s in Seaham, Peterlee, Easington, Horden and Shotton Colliery.
*Please note the two changes to our timetable, on Tuesday afternoon from Peterlee Job Centre to Shotton Parish Rooms and on Thursday’s from Wheatley Hill Children’s Centre to Horden Hub House*.
Online Auction of Promises - Not long to go!
And, we still have lots of great items for you to bid on, all of which have been kindly donated by our generous supporters - individuals and businesses throughout the Durham area.
The Auction will end on Wednesday 5th December at 1pm. We will inform the highest bidders of each Lot and make arrangements for them to collect their Promise(s). If the Lot is a voucher we will be happy to post this out.
Click here to see what's on offer!
County Durham Housing Group…
County Durham Housing Group are now able to offer shared tenancies as an affordable option to renting a home please see attached link for further details- please share this information with anyone you feel appropriate .
Vacancies at Grove Road
We have current vacancies at Durham Young People's Service! We have a room available in the Core House based in Brandon, this is staffed 24/7 and provides housing related support to single young people between the age of 16-25. We also have a current vacancy at one of our dispersed properties in Spennymoor which is shared with another young person and can be a single young person from 16-35. They will still receive housing related support but this is for semi independent living and people who already have quite a few independent living skills.
If you have any questions please give me a ring on 0300 131 0403.
Moving On Durham July - September 2018 Newsletter
Please find attached a copy of the latest Moving On Durham Newsletter, covering periods July – September 2018
Welcome to DASHtalk October 2018
Everyone, regardless of circumstances, should have a fundamental right to a place of shelter, and help to rebuild their life
New number for homes
One of the north east’s largest housing associations is launching a single phone number for all enquiries.
From Tuesday, 11 September all callers to County Durham Housing Group and its landlords will be able to get in touch by phoning 0300 1311 999.
The group, which includes Dale & Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes, is advising people to come through their new direct line whether it’s a query about rent, repairs or anything else to do with their home. Existing numbers for each of the individual landlords will continue to divert to contact centres for six months while customers get used to the change. County Durham Housing Group Head of Housing Operations, Simon Bartlett, said: “Bringing all three landlords into one group has allowed us to make a huge variety of efficiencies and offer a consistent service to all of our customers. Moving to a single phone number is the latest opportunity to make it easier for all of our residents, whether they live in Wheatley Hill or Wearhead. “From now on there’ll be just one easy to remember phone number no matter what your query. Directing all enquiries through one phone number will help us manage calls more efficiently, and answer phones more quickly, for all of our customers.”
Calls to the new 0300 1311 999 telephone number will be charged at the same rate as standard landline calls.
County Durham scheme gives local groups £34k in first year
A funding programme has helped more than 75 grass root groups in 12 months. County Durham Housing Group’s ‘group grant’ scheme has helped no fewer than 77 local projects in its first year. From foodbanks in rural Weardale to boxing clubs in Durham and school projects in Bishop Auckland, the funding has helped thousands of people across the region. A total of £34,070 has been distributed, and has seen the provision of new IT equipment to help job hunters in Seaham, Christmas decorations in Stanhope and even a new play space for a school in Peterlee. County Durham Housing Group Funding Officer, Damian Pearson, said: “group grant was specifically designed to help smaller organisations improve their facilities or work with more people. The first 12 months have been hugely successful and we’re already looking at new applications for the coming year.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the huge variety of projects that have applied for group grant support. The vast amount of good work that the voluntary and community sector does in County Durham can’t be overstated. Getting the chance to work with so many local people has really demonstrated how much our communities depend on them.” Groups can apply for funding of up to £500 each. In order to ensure a balanced range of projects, any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school working in the areas served by County Durham Housing Group is eligible to apply once every 12 months.
New jobs club offers career guidance in Crook
A new initiative will offer support to tenants in Crook looking to find a way into work. County Durham Housing Group is launching a fortnightly jobs club to provide one-to-one support for people looking for work, including help with CV writing, completing application forms and interview techniques. Based at Wheatbottom Community Hub, just outside the centre of Crook, the free sessions are set to start on Friday, September 14 running from 9.30am to noon. Experts from County Durham Housing Group’s Employability Team will be on hand to provide personal guidance and advice to everyone attending the jobs club. Sean Robson, Community Training Coordinator at County Durham Housing Group, said: “We completely understand that there may be a whole range of reasons why someone might experience difficulties finding work or training opportunities. But these sessions have been designed to break down those barriers and offer genuine, one-to-one advice and support to any of our tenants looking for a job. “With fortnightly sessions in an easy to reach location, we’re hoping to help lots of people in the Crook area who need that little extra support to get into work.” The Crook jobs club is the latest in a series of initiatives by County Durham Housing Group to help tenants find work. The group, one of the largest housing associations in the north east, also offers an extensive range of free training courses and personalised employability support in communities stretching from the Durham coast to rural Weardale.
Affordable bungalows welcome MP
The first wheelchair adaptable bungalows to be built in the Bishop Auckland area as part of a £54m construction programme have been visited by a County Durham MP. Helen Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland, met some of the first tenants to move into the County Durham Housing Group development at Davis Avenue near the heart of West Auckland. Four two-bedroom bungalows for affordable rent have been completed this summer on the formerly vacant plot. They were built specifically to meet demand for wheelchair adaptable bungalows in the area. Ms Goodman was able to take a tour of one of the bungalows with new tenant Mrs Brown, who has moved from a larger house to better meet the needs of her family. The Davis Avenue properties are the latest part of County Durham Housing Group’s 545 home new-build programme to be completed. The four-year programme, which began in 2017, will cover more than 20 sites in communities stretching from rural Weardale to the Durham coast. Already more than 60 families have moved into their new homes. Ms Goodman said: “County Durham Housing Group have done a wonderful job with the bungalows in St Helen Auckland. This is a great example of housing development fulfilling the local need for affordable, accessible housing that looks great and feels like home. The fact that these bungalows were built by a local construction company, T Manners & Sons, is an added bonus, helping to create and maintain jobs in the area.” Construction work on the new homes in Davis Avenue was carried out by long-established Weardale based firm T Manners & Sons, supporting the local economy. The full County Durham Housing Group new-build programme is expected to create in the region of 160 new jobs and apprenticeships. County Durham Housing Group Chief Executive, Bill Fullen, said: “These bungalows are just the first of dozens we’ll be creating in the Bishop Auckland area. Helen’s visit was a great chance for her to see these new bungalows up close, but also to meet some of the people who are directly benefiting from having homes that really suit their needs. “We see lots of figures about how many new homes this country needs, but we must never lose sight of the need to build the right homes in the right places.” Alongside the new bungalows in St Helen Auckland, tenants have already moved into completed homes in Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, Rookhope, Pity Me, Chilton Moor, Ushaw Moor and Ouston.
More homes will reach completion in Crook this month and work is due to start this autumn on sites in Bowburn, Bishop Auckland, Peterlee and Seaham.