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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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Office closure, Thursday 7th October

Our head office will be closed on Thursday 7th October whilst our staff team are on a training event. Our phones will be diverted to our out of hours service during this time. If you have an emergency to report during this hour, please contact our out of hours service on 0808 169 2910."

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Your Roadmap to a Healthier You

When it comes to your health, you have to learn that you are in charge of how you feel and your well-being. Sure, there are things out there that can impact how you think (such as illness and environment), but for the most part, it will all be down to the decisions you make.  Want to take charge of your health, both physical and mental? Well, let us give you the map to allow you to walk down the pathway to a healthier you."

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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 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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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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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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Celebrating Pride Month at Elim

Throughout the whole of June, Pride month puts the spotlight on LGBTQ+ issues and the continued need for equality and inclusion. Read on to find out more about the history of Pride, and the work we’re doing at Elim to cultivate an inclusive culture for all."

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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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Exciting Progress on Taylor House Garden Project

Residents and staff have been working with local organisations and community members to update and redesign the garden at Taylor House. The revamped garden plans include a new compost bin, vegetable garden, memorial garden and BBQ site. The first harvest is destined for a communal roast, cooked by residents at The Phoenix Centre Matson – Taylor House’s lottery-funded community centre neighbours."

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How to Take Charge of Your Own Mental Health

Taking charge and finding ways to look after our own mental health is one of the kindest things we can do for ourselves. Even though you may realise this already, it doesn’t mean that it is easy to do. Gloucester Projects Team Leader Zoe shares some of the best ways to help you manage your own mental health."

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Top Tips for Better Mental Health from our First Aiders

For Mental Health Awareness Week, our fabulous mental health first aiders share their favourite ways to stay positive and promote mental wellbeing."

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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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Christmas Closure Information

Our Head Office is closed from 12:30 on Christmas Eve, until Tuesday 29th December. If you have an emergency repair during our Christmas closure, please contact our out of hours service on 0808 169 2910."

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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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Have Your Say- Cleaning & Gardening

Elim has begun the process of procuring new cleaning and gardening contractors to take over from Centigen in April 2021. We are keen to involve our residents in this process so that their views are heard and their experiences taken into account. We will be getting in touch with over 50 residents to speak to them not only about the service that they have been receiving but also to discuss the service that they would like to receive in the future. At this early stage in the process, we are developing the specifications for the cleaning and gardening services."

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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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Your Best Move? Tell us your story to win £50

We want an Elim Home to represent the ‘best move’ for all our customers. Whether you are a single person who has moved into our support services and then onwards into a more permanent home, or a family, who feels more secure and financially stable as a result of your tenancy with Elim, we want to hear your stories."

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Stock Condition Survey's Underway

It is Elim’s intention to carry out a stock condition survey (SCS) of all our properties excluding those we manage for other organisations."

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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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Elim Group Chief Executive Announces Departure

Our Group Chief Executive has announced that he will be stepping down from his role at Elim after almost 29 years. Alistair Allender, who has been in the role since 1992, will be stepping down in the Autumn 2020."

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Free Activity Pack- Beat the Boredom

Beat the boredom and stay active during lockdown with our free activity pack with chair based exercises, word search, recipes and colouring pages!"

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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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Repairs and maintenance service during the Coronavirus outbreak

Elim will endeavor to provide our normal repairs and maintenance service during the Coronavirus (COVID 19.) outbreak. We are working closely with our contractors and residents to ensure good communication and service delivery."

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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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Have You Considered Shared Ownership?

Have You Considered Shared Ownership?"

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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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