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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 2013

Planning Application Approved for 24 Gypsy & Traveller pitches in Weston-super-Mare - Update


June 2014 – Update

We are pleased to report that work has now started on our new Gypsy and Traveller pitches in Weston-Super-Mare.


20th December 2013

We are pleased to report that North Somerset Council Planning Committee yesterday approved our planning application to develop 24 permanent Gypsy and Traveller Pitches in Weston-super-Mare. 

Work on the site will start in the New Year, and we will continue to work closely with North Somerset Council and other statutory and local agencies to ensure that the Old Junction Yard Site is a well managed, pleasant and safe place to live.

To keep up to date with progress on the development, please keep visiting our website, or fill in our online contact form if you have any questions that we might be able to answer. 


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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. 

[form Old Junction Yard Form ]

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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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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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Value for money self-assessment released

September 2013

Maximising value for money is a key priority for us. We have now prepared our first annual value for money self assessment. The assessment includes our achievements over the last twelve months and our plans to improve further. To view the report and our other publications click here.

We welcome feedback on this assessment. If you have any questions regarding anything in the assessment please direct them initially to Mark Stuart our Finance Director on m.stuart@elimhousing.co.uk




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