HOUSING HARTLEPOOL HANDS RESIDENTS THE KEY TO SUCCESS
Issued on behalf of and with the approval of Housing Hartlepool
Pic caption: Carl Lamb working in the kitchen with Housing Hartlepool board member Norma Morrish
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Housing Hartlepool has launched a “Keys to Success” programme to furnish people with the knowhow necessary to live independently and successfully in their own homes.
Keys to Success encompasses a wide range of issues including how the housing waiting list works, tenants’ responsibilities, how to manage money, healthy eating on a budget, community involvement and volunteering, and repairs and home security
The first session, held in conjunction with a range of partner organisations, has taken place involving a group of 17 people, who are potential tenants.
A practical workshop was staged in a furnished property belonging to Housing Hartlepool, where participants were given cookery lessons, shown how to do simple DIY jobs such as installing security chains, painting a door and measuring a window to hang curtains.
Angela Fusco, a member of Housing Hartlepool’s Resident Participation Team, said: “Housing associations are much more than landlords, we also focus on providing a range of community support to make a difference to people’s lives.
“The aim of our “Keys to Success” scheme is to help people develop the skills needed to run their own home including how to budget and save, how to eat healthily on a strict income. It also gives them advice on looking after and caring for their property as well as their responsibilities as a tenant.”
The programme involves other agencies including Hartlepool Borough Council, Tees Valley Housing Group, the Primary Care Trust, Hartlepool Crime Prevention Unit, and the credit Union Moneywise.
The scheme, which is being financially supported by Hartlepool Council’s Supporting People Fund, will hold two-day long sessions on a monthly basis. If you think that you could benefit from this scheme please contact Angela Fusco on 01429 525489.
Housing Hartlepool is the largest housing association in Hartlepool.
It was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the Council's rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. It is a not for profit charitable organisation.
Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people.
The company manages 7,000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five-bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly.
The housing service is provided from three neighbourhood-based offices.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk