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Elim Signs Menopause Workplace Pledge

Menopause is a key workplace issue. It is an equality issue as well as a health and safety issue and will impact all women at some point in their lives."

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Office Hours Change

We would like to inform you that from Monday (16/05/22) our office contact hours will be changing to 9am – 5pm Monday - Thursday and 9am - 4:30pm on Fridays."

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Mental Health First Aiders

Mental health problems at work are common. At least one in six workers is experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. It's still not a subject widely spoken about in most workplaces but Elim are challenging this to help spread awareness.  Many people feel scared and confused about confronting the issue at work, but there are small, simple steps we can take to look after each other and make our workplace mentally healthier."

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The Real Cost of Living

We know that the current cost of living crisis is placing a huge amount of pressure on households across the UK. Alongside the annual rent increase, food, energy, and other basic costs of living are all rising steeply at the moment, and we understand that times are not easy right now."

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Alex's Story: Ron Jones House

The impact of domestic abuse on mental health is severe and long-lasting. It is estimated that 1-6 men will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime, and even more distressingly, over the pandemic period, charity ManKind saw an increase of calls to its helpline by one quarter and visits to its website by 75%."

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Climate Change: Our Plan

Climate change is currently the greatest threat to humanity and many other species on the planet. Elim’s role in all of this is small however it is important that we make our own contribution towards carbon neutrality."

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Conflict in Ukraine: How We Can Help

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine is having a devastating impact on millions of people, and our thoughts are with all who are suffering. We know that many of Elim’s colleagues and customers are looking for ways to offer help."

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Customer Scrutiny Group - Driving Real Change

We launched our new Customer Scrutiny Group in November 2021. Although it is still early days, our aim is to bring together a number of different customers who receive a service from Elim Housing."

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Effective Complaint Handling in Housing Digital Conference Blog

Industry experts today met at the Effective Complaint Handling in Housing Digital Conference. Chaired by Elim’s own Paul Smith attendees covered topics such as best practice for communicating with residents, positive complaints culture and using data to identify and tackle root causes of complaints through a series of practical case studies and discussions."

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Single Parents Day 2022

Elim recognises and celebrates the hard work of all the single parents out there. Some days you may feel like your fighting a losing battle, but this feeling is okay. There is help out there and together we can support and encourage. After all, it takes a village.....hear from some of our Priory Court residents on the joys and struggles of becoming a single parent."

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She’s Ready- Peer Led Support Group

Elim, Together at Matson and Gloucester Communities have been delivering an exciting new group for female Residents aimed at #empoweringwomen and unlocking their potential. The group titled ‘She’s Ready’ Is a free resource that provides Residents with training support and motivation to achieve goals set out in the peer led group."

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Lyde Green Purchase Agreed

We are in the process of purchasing 14 affordable houses being developed by Taylor Wimpey at Lyde Green in South Gloucestershire. They are a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroomed homes, available for rent and shared ownership"

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Safer Streets For Residents

An Elim Housing tenant in Bristol has signed up to a project to improve the security of her ground floor flat.  The Safer Streets scheme is free and is being rolled out in and around the St Pauls neighbourhood.  An engineer will visit to advise and install any additional security measures, such as new locks in the home and suggestions on how to keep vehicles and bikes safe."

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Climate Change

You might be wondering what climate change has to do with you and us!  We like, other UK organisations, have been told to reduce our carbon footprint.  We want to make sure any solutions work for customers and don’t make life more complicated or expensive for you."

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Maintenance Contractor Update

From the 15th of November A1 Maintenance will be taking over as the responsive repair contractor for our properties in the South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wales, and Devon areas."

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Recognising Black History Month at Elim

This October we’ve recognised Black History Month; an important chance to acknowledge the contributions of black people throughout history and today. Black History Month has been recognised in the UK for over 30 years, though it has existed in the USA for almost 100 years."

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Elim Elects First Female Chair of Board

Elim has elected its first female chair of the board since it was established in 1963. Sally Mason joined in 2020 and has taken over from Andy Lunt, who spent 5 years on the board. Sally brings over 25 years' experience in HR and Organisational Development in both private and not-for-profit sectors, ranging from hospitality to social housing."

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Paul Smith in Conversation with CIH CEO Gavin Smart

In a candid conversation about the housing industry, Elim's Paul Smith speaks to Gavin Smart, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing. The discussion forms part of Cratus' new series of exclusive conversations with some of the housing world’s most prominent and respected figures."

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CEO Paul Smith Celebrates 1 Year at Elim

1st October 2021 marks one year since our CEO, Paul Smith, joined Elim! Though it's been a difficult year for everyone in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elim has continued to grow and develop since Paul took the reins."

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Staff Spotlight: Team Leader Leoda

For our latest staff spotlight, we caught up with Team Leader Leoda to talk about what she loves most about her role as Team Leader across seven of Elim's supported housing schemes."

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Elim Launches New CARES Fund to Support Residents

Elim is launching a new initiative to support residents and their ambitions. The Elim CARES fund is inspired by our organisation's values, and feedback from staff on how to help residents achieve their ambitions."

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Cheap (or Free) Ways to Entertain the Kids this Summer

Whilst the summer holidays are great because they allow you to spend quality time with your kids, one thing that most parents dread is having to come up with ideas on what you can all do together...and then find ways to afford it! Entertaining your kids can be costly, which means that by the end of the summer holidays, you are left out of pocket (not to mention exhausted). To help you find some inspiration and make sure you have the best summer ever, we have put together some cheap (or even better, free) ways to entertain the kids this summer holiday."

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We're Looking for Residents to Join our Customer Oversight Group

Residents: would you like to influence our services and have your say? We are recruiting for Elim’s new Customer Oversight Group, which will give you the chance to scrutinise our performance and make recommendations on how we can improve Elim’s services. Full training will be provided and you will get the chance to meet new people, gain volunteering experience and develop new work-related skills."

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Elim Teams up with Local Artists to Create New Stokes Croft Mural

In partnership with the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, Elim has commissioned a brand-new street art mural in Stokes Croft. The mural spans Ron Jones House, a property for men who are either experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. The design was brought to life by Bristol-based artists Harriet (Hazard), Samantha (Zam Zam) and Benoit (Object), whose work can be seen across the city including at Bedminster’s Upfest. They used a combination of spray painting and brush designs, making their mark with three distinct styles across the walls."

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CEO Paul Smith Shortlisted for Lifetime Achievement Award

We're excited to announce that our CEO, Paul Smith, has been shortlisted for a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2021 Housing Heroes Awards."

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Elim to Provide 12 New Homes to Combat Homelessness

In partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, we are pleased to announce that we will be providing 12 new homes to help prevent rough sleeping. This is following a successful funding bid with the Government’s Next Steps Accommodation Programme, a nationwide scheme aimed at reducing rough sleeping by supporting residents into more permanent accommodation."

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Elim Board Formally Supports NHF's Evictions & Support Statement

Yesterday, the Elim Group Board discussed the recent statement on Housing Associations Evictions published by the National Housing Federation. We are pleased to confirm our commitment to the three key principles outlined in this statement."

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World Wellbeing Week: Getting Back to Nature

There are plenty of things that you can do to try and help improve your own mental health. Some may be obvious, whilst others might not be. One of the best things that you can do is to get back to nature. But what do we mean by this, and what benefit does spending time in nature actually have?"

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Staff Spotlight: Supported Housing Officer Tom

For our latest staff spotlight, we caught up with Supported Housing Officer Tom to talk about what he loves most about his role at Priory Court."

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Paul Smith CEO Offers Insight in Two New Housing Blogs

Paul Smith, Elim CEO, has offered his insight in two new blogs, covering community-led housing and the value of housing academics to the sector."

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Places We're Proud Of

Elim has a vision to meet housing need and deliver homes that change people’s lives. As a smaller housing association, offering a fairly wide range of services, we work towards the achievement of this vision every day through the provision of homes and services for individuals and families from a vast range of backgrounds and life experiences. Among the different customer groups we work with, the homes and services we provide for the Gypsy and Traveller communities clearly demonstrate the life changing impact of a good quality, affordable home."

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Meet our Women in Social Housing

We are proud to present to you Elim’s ‘Women in Social Housing’ virtual discussion, a conversation between 11 of Elim’s remarkable women employees and Board Members. We brought these women together to reflect on their own experiences of working in social housing and the opportunities available in the sector, and the open and frank conversation was a joy to be part of."

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New Partnership Annouced to Support Bristol Faith Groups

End-to-end project management solution will build affordable housing and revitalise community spaces A new local partnership will offer a complete project management solution for property-owning faith groups in the region seeking to develop their sites for impact and purpose. Partners Elim Housing Association and Bristol & Bath Regional Capital (BBRC) will together work with faith leaders to determine the best use of their site, project-manage development and identify suitable managers for the homes."

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Staff Spotlight: Compliance Manager Hayley

As Compliance Manager for Elim, the role is largely focused on Health & Safety compliance. Ensuring that all our properties are legally compliant, and all relevant checks are completed in a timely manner. When I first started working for Elim, my role was as a Maintenance Officer which meant that I was first point of contact for all residents with any repair enquiries. This included speaking to customers, relaying accurate information to our contractors and raising the purchase orders for them to complete these works."

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Supporting Aspirations: Brenton's Story

When our residents achieve their long term goals, it is truly a moment of joy. All their hard work has paid off and they are able to move forward that bit further in their journey. Elim first met Brenton when he was experiencing difficulties with finding secure accommodation and employment. We were able to assist him around employment by supporting his application to the Salvation Army Employment Plus Course. A locally run course designed to give participants the skills and tools they need to search for, obtain and stay in work."

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Have Your Say: Colour Schemes

Elim are in the process of updating the internal colour schemes in some of our projects, with the works taking place over 2021/22. Put together by Dulux Colour Designers, the 13 options offer an array of palettes to brighten up the communal and some external areas."

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Staff Spotlight: Senior Team Leader

I have worked a variety of mundane jobs prior to working with Elim, but they were never a career. I am passionate about what I do and what we are trying to achieve here. There is something satisfying in helping others, to give someone a chance they may not have had in the past. I love the challenge and the variety of my role within Elim over the last 10 years and could not see myself working in another sector. When we get positive move ons and feedback, it makes it even more worthwhile."

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We Are PlaceShapers Members

Elim were really pleased to hear last week that our application to secure a PlaceShapers membership has been successful. The membership will allow Elim to join and unlock a strong network of over 100 community based social landlords."

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Elim Joins National Alliance 'Homes For Cathy'

We are delighted to have successfully been accepted as Homes for Cathy member. To build upon our current Homeless support services and to continue to meet the needs of homeless people. Homes for Cathy arranges a number of local and national events to raise awareness of the needs of the homeless and to work on strategies to end homelessness. The group works alongside the National Housing Federation, Shelter, Crisis and other groups campaigning for homeless people."

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Successfull Bid to Support Rough Sleeping

We are pleased to announce that Elim have successfully secured funding from the Next Steps Accommodation Programme. The funding will enable us to provide 9 single occupants with a home, with residents able to reside there as long as required dependent on their support needs."

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Supporting Homes at the Heart

Supporting Bristol Housing Festival’s ‘Homes at the Heart’ campaign last week, Elim CEO Paul Smith joined other industry experts to discuss the role of Social Housing during COVID-19 and the need for innovation in the sector during the virtual event."

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In Conversation with..... Paul Smith

Covering everything from starting his career, tackling Housing and Homelessness in Bristol and starting his next chapter with Elim. Paul talks to Bristol Housing Festival about whats on the horizon for the city of Bristol."

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Our New Standard – Managing Anti-social Behaviour- Now Closed

During the last 3 months we have been working on updating our policies and procedures for the management of Anti-social Behaviour. We know how difficult life can be if you are living with anti-social neighbours or experiencing problems in and around where you live. As part of our commitment to keeping you safe and secure in your home, we have drafted an Elim standard for the management of ASB that sets out what you can expect from us when you report nuisance. As a draft document we are keen for feedback and would welcome your comments on what we are proposing."

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Success at Temporary Gypsy & Traveller Sites

Elim is unusual as a Social Housing provider in that we manage 12 Gypsy and Traveller sites that consist of around 180 individual pitches between Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire and South Devon. In early July this year Elim were approached by two local authorities in the South West looking for support with setting up temporary Gypsy and Traveller sites to help those who found themselves needing to move off the road following Covid-19 travel restrictions. The two sites were agreed in conjunction with the Police and Council to ensure Elim could offer the right amount of support across the sites."

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Your Best Move Competition Winner: Jordan’s Story

We recently ran a customer competition where we asked Elim residents to tell us how your Elim Home has contributed to your life, or to make any suggestions for improvements to our service. Whether this included obtaining financial support, securing a long-term rental, purchasing your own home, help finding employment, training or education, we wanted to hear from you."

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Elim Announces New CEO

Elim Housing Group has today announced that the CEO, Alistair Allender, will be retiring. Paul Smith has been appointed to the position of Group Chief Executive with effect from 1 October 2020, with Alistair supporting the transition process."

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All About Elim

Elim are committed to ensuring that the housing and support we provide serve as a platform for growth, so that our residents can achieve their aspirations. We are proud to deliver support services which focus on addressing homelessness through education and employment, enabling people to stabilise and progress from times of crisis."

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Novers Hill Site Progress

The site is progressing well since build began in June 2019, with build completion still anticipated for early Summer 2020. Building work on the unoccupied site has been able to continue during Covid-19, with only a skeleton crew working, to ensure safe practice in line with current Government guidelines."

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Where Can I Get Support?

During the nationwide Coronavirus epidemic, its easy for us to feel overwhelmed or in need for some extra support. We have created a list of useful contacts, that you may wish to reach out to during this time."

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Coronavirus: Advice for residents and community

You will probably have heard about Covid-19. It is a new form of coronavirus that is making its way around the UK and the world. The Government are anticipating that large numbers of people across the country will get the coronavirus. Most people will only experience mild to moderate symptoms but for some people the symptoms may be more severe. People particularly at risk are the elderly and people with certain underlying health conditions. Whether we catch coronavirus or not, it is likely that it will affect all of our lives over the coming weeks and months. Elim are doing as much planning as possible to try and ensure the impact on our services is minimised as far as possible. Below are some answers to questions that we think our residents might be asking."

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Your Best Move

We believe that social housing should be a means to an end, rather than an end in itself, and we strive to understand our residents’ housing and career aspirations. Whether your aim is to achieve financial or employment security, find a secure rental or become a home owner, Elim can help you achieve Your Best Move."

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Time to Heal Service Set for Expansion

Following the success of our pilot Hospital Discharge Service, Time to Heal, We are pleased to announce that we have now received confirmation that two variations to the substantive contract have been approved......"

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Celebrating Bristol’s Housing; Past, Present and Future

On the 4th June, 15 Bristol Housing Associations and Bristol City Council came together under the Bristol Housing Partnership (BHP) to celebrate the Homes for Heroes 100 event and to launch the 2019 Charter."

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Start on site for Elim’s development at Novers Hill

Start on site for Elim’s development at Novers Hill to begin June 2019 with anticipated completion early Summer 2020."

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Elim take on the ownership of Priory Court

Elim Housing are happy to announce that as of the 29th March 2019 we are now the proud owners of Priory Court."

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Have you thought about a career in social housing? A blog by Aileen Evans.

Have you thought about a career in social housing? There are many different and varied roles as Aileen Evans, Group Chief Executive of the Grand Union Housing Group and Past President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, explains."

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Have You Considered Shared Ownership?

Have You Considered Shared Ownership?"

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