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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 November 2013

Resident Forum next meets December 2013

November 2013

The Resident forum will next meet on Thursday 12th December at Elims Head Office in Rudgeway.  The meeting will start at 2.30pm and be finished by 5.00pm.


The Forum is your opportunity to:

  • Monitor and challenge the standards of service offered by Elim.
  • Be involved in decisions that affect you and other residents.
  • Make the difference and improve the experience of Elim residents.


The agenda for the meeting will be avaliable on The Resident forum page closer to the time.

If you would like more information or to confirm you will attending please Contact us.




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Old Junction Yard, Winterstoke Road

November 2013

Elim has submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council for 24 permanent Gypsy and Traveller Pitches in Weston-super-Mare.  Each pitch will include an ancillary living space and outdoor amenity area with room for at least one caravan and vehicle. There will be an additional storage space for touring caravans, and an onsite manager’s office which can be used by local agencies and providers to hold meetings with the residents.

The site has been designed in consultation with North Somerset Council, the Gypsy and Traveller community, local police, the Environment Agency, and other Housing Associations and local authorities that provide Gypsy and Traveller sites to ensure that the design reflects good practice wherever possible.

Taking into account the constraints of the Old Junction Yard site, the pitches are all situated outside of the 3a flood risk area, and provided with a 25m buffer zones as protection against the sound of passing trains. Individual pitches will be separated with soft landscaping, and there will be secure fencing on the boundaries between the site and local businesses.  

Chief executive of Elim Housing, Alistair Allender said: “Elim is committed to providing an effective and tailored service to the Gypsy and Traveller community to ensure that the proposed site is a well managed, pleasant and safe place to live.  We will continue to work closely with North Somerset Council and other statutory and local agencies to ensure that residents are able to overcome any barriers to the access of key services, including health provision and education. We are also sensitive to the needs of the nearby settled community and local businesses.”

If you would like to share your views, or find out more about the proposals for the permanent Gypsy and Traveller pitches on Old Junction Yard, please fill in our contact form below. We would be pleased to hear from you. 

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Home heat helpline

November 2013

If you are worried about paying for your energy bills and keeping your house warm this winter, please call the free, confidential Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99) for help and advice from friendly advisers.

The Home Heat Helpline offers financial help and practical advice on how to manage energy bills. It is a free, impartial and confidential service for those on a low income, disabled people or the elderly.

How can the Home Heat Helpline help me?

The Home Heat Helpline can give you advice on:

  • Rebates: helping to get money off your energy bills
  • Some great ways to save energy and money, including grants available for things like insulation and new boilers
  • Other benefits you might be eligible for

David Thompson, 67, and his wife called the Home Heat Helpline when looking around for ways to save money, cut their heating bills and make their home more energy efficient.  

“I used to be a librarian but I had to retire after I had a heart attack and some serious back problems. My wife retired two years ago, so our monthly income has taken a bit of a dip. I was so glad that I called the Home Heat Helpline. They were really friendly and helpful and answered the phone straightaway.

They told me about cavity wall insulation and how I could save money by claiming a discount if I used a registered company. They also got me a £300 voucher towards the cost of new boiler, which is just brilliant. We had the wall insulation done and it’s made a big difference already. It cost me £199, but if you’re over 70 you can have it done for free. It only took two hours. They drill a row of holes all the way around the house; it’s so neat that you really have to look to spot it. I know some old people worry about things like this but I would reassure them that’s it’s really worth doing.”

Who should get in touch?

We urge anyone on a low income or in poor health to call. You can also call the Helpline on behalf of a friend, relative or client.

How do I contact the Home Heat Helpline?

The Helpline is absolutely free - just call 0800 33 66 99, or you can chat online with one of the team at www.homeheathelpline.org.uk. There is also lots of handy information on the website too.

The Helpline is open 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday.



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Support for unpaid carers

November 2013

In April South Gloucestershire Council introduced a new approach to supporting unpaid carers.

Better for carers

  • The approach puts carers at the centre and:
    • links them to useful information and support
    • enables carers to be better informed of their rights and their options
    • identifies carers who have significant caring responsibilities and need tailored support
    • provides information and advice that is tailored to individual situations, so that carers know their options and are supported to find solutions that meet their needs   

How it works

‘Do you look after someone? Getting help and connected as a carer in South Gloucestershire’ is a questionnaire and action plan that replaces the previous carer’s assessment for all newly identified carers and will be phased in for carers who we already know of.

It helps carers to look at their needs and how caring affects them. It also includes supporting information and help.  A carer can complete the document on their own or with help from the Carers’ Support Centre (Carersline 0117 965 2200).


Connecting Carers is South Gloucestershire’s free, independent carers’ register and Carer’s Emergency Card scheme.  Connecting Carers is free of charge, voluntary and is open to all carers who live in South Gloucestershire.  For more information contact the Carers Support Centre on 0117 965 2200 for an application form.

Related information and downloads  www.southglos.gov.uk/carers





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