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News Archive

Elim news archive


Welcome to the Elim News Archive. This page displays all past news articles in chronological order that have appeared on the Elim Housing Association home page. 

You can navigate to older articles by either scrolling down this page or by making use of the archive function on the right hand side. 



Elim news archive — articles for October 2013

Elim and Places for People celebrate new young parents’ service launch

October 2013

Elim Housing and Places for People today celebrated the official launch of the Bristol Young Parents Alliance with service users and stakeholders at The Station in central Bristol.

The event marks the successful first four months of the new integrated accommodation and support service for young parents which was commissioned by Bristol City Council in July 2013. Elim and Places for People are working in partnership as the Bristol Young Parents Alliance (BYPA) to deliver the homelessness prevention service.

The new service comprises of 36 units of supported accommodation in five separate locations across Bristol and a community based support service which will support up to 150 young parents each year to access education and employment and gain the life skills they need to avoid homelessness and become positive parents.  

BYPA will provide a 24/7 single point of access to the service, which will be able to respond to crises and accept referrals for young parents aged 16 – 24, including couples, single fathers and single mothers with a child aged up to 3 years old.

Elim and Places for People will maintain their own extensive partnership networks in order to bring together the best expertise, care and resources available to help young parents achieve genuine independence. This will involve close working with key local agencies and statutory partners including social services, children’s centres, community midwives, health visitors, and City of Bristol College.

Alistair Allender, Chief Executive of Elim Housing said, “We are delighted that Bristol City Council has awarded us the opportunity to continue delivering these vital services in Bristol. It is our aim that young parents are placed at the heart of decision making and are supported to achieve their personal goals and to develop the parenting skills they will need in the future. We look forward to working with Places for People to achieve this joint vision.”

Kim Scott, Director of Individual Support, Places for People said, “Places for People truly welcomes this great opportunity to work together with Elim on this new, much needed service which will build on our existing provision within the city and improve life chances for young parents in Bristol.”

For further information on the Bristol Young Parents Alliance, or to access support or accommodation please call BYPA on 0117 955 9792.




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Follow us @ElimHousing

October 2013

Elim recently made the decision to start using social media channels to communicate with as many of our residents, community groups and partners as possible. This is in response to many of our customers and stakeholders who are already using websites that could be classed as social media. This includes websites which are based on user participation and user-generated content, such as Facebook and twitter. 

As a result of this decision, we have recently launched the Elim twitter account to share regular updates, event information and news about the social housing sector – all via ‘tweets’ which are short text messages limited to 140 characters. Our twitter handle is @ElimHousing so please come along and say hello!

We also hope to set up an Elim Housing Facebook page in January 2014. Please email info@elimhousing.co.uk if you would be interested in helping us to get this page up and running.

 For more information on how we will be ensuring our social media accounts are used correctly, please visit our new social media website page: www.elimhousing.co.uk/social-media-




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Bristol resident event

October 2013

The Bristol Housing Partnership 4 tenants is holding an event on Saturday 30th November to look at allocation of homes in Bristol.


Bristol City Council is currently reviewing the way social housing is allocated in the city. We would like to invite you to come and find out more about the proposed changes and help shape the way social housing is allocated in the future.

Download the Bristol Housing Partnership event [pdf] 231KB flyer  for more information and the form you need to complete and return to us, if you would like attend.


If you would like more information please Contact us and speak to Lois Nicks or Rosalyn Smith.





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Worried about increasing energy bills?

October 2013

The recent price increases mean many will be paying more than ever before for their gas and electricity.  However there are services available which may help you reduce the costs in your home.



My Home Energy Switch

Some residents may be able to make savings by switching suppliers. My Home Energy Switch is a service from the National Housing Federation to help tenants reduce their energy bills.  The service is completely free and customers have saved an average of £72.84 on their energy bills.


You can contact the team by calling 0800 0014 706 or through the My Home Energy Switch website.  You will need to know your postcode and have your current energy bills to hand.



Warm Home Discount Scheme

You may be able to get a discount through the Warm Home Discount Scheme if you are eligible.  Find out more information on the Warm Home Discount Scheme page of gov.uk.



Home Heat Helpline

The Home Heat Helpline advises people worried about paying their energy bills and keeping warm during the winter. It also gives advice to low-income households in urgent need of heating help and advice. It is free to call from most landlines on 0800 33 66 99 and is open 9am-6pm Monday to Fridays.  You can also get more information on the Home Heat Helpline website.




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