News from Plus Dane
Our offices will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on Monday 5 January 2015 - find out all the office closure details over the Christmas holiday season here.
Local employers, training and education providers are coming together on Friday 26 September for a jobs fair at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall to advertise live job vacancies and apprenticeships, offer training support and advice on anything from starting a business, money matters and wellbeing, at Live Local Work Local, a free event for local residents from 10am to 4pm.
The HCA has recently announced the national allocations for the 2015-18 Affordable Homes Programme, and Plus Dane received its full allocation as bid for in April this year. This will see the delivery of circa 397 additional new homes over the next 2 years.
Plus Dane Group is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive. Barbara Spicer, currently Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency will take up the post in September.
Plus Dane Group’s Making Business Work programme is hosting a Small Business and Enterprise Conference on Monday 14th July as part of the International Festival for Business.
Universal Credit is a new benefit being introduced by the Government to replace existing benefits. The expansion of the full Universal Credit benefit to the rest of the North West of England will start in June 2014.
Making Business Work is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme delivered by Plus Dane to offer Social Enterprises and SME's across Merseyside FREE business support.
Plus Dane Group is hosting a jobs, homes and enterprise fair on Thursday 27th February at Liverpool Town Hall. The Living Local-Working Local event will offer hundreds of job opportunities for people across Merseyside, as well as the opportunity to view a wide range of homes available to rent and buy.
Bricklaying students at Hugh Baird College are getting a taste of life on site with a series of work placements. Partners Plus Dane, contractor Southdale and Hugh Baird College have arranged for the learners to complete work experience sessions at Minstead Avenue, Kirkby where 66 new homes are currently under construction.
A jobs homes and enterprise fair – ‘Living Local Working Local’ – takes place at Liverpool Town Hall on February 27th, offering hundreds of job opportunities for people across Merseyside, as well as the opportunity to view a wide range of homes available to rent and buy.
A new project that will help people struggling with multiple problems including homelessness, reoffending, substance misuse and mental ill-health has been announced as one of 12 projects nationally to receive almost £10m from the Big Lottery Fund.
Are you looking for a job? A new home? Do you need business support? Or thinking of working for yourself? Then come along to our jobs, homes and enterprise fair.
Householders from across the region are invited to join the Merseyside’s Collective Switch to see how much they could save on their energy bills.
The way that homes are allocated through Property Pool Plus is being reviewed following a number of developments including a new Government Code of Guidance on local authority housing allocations.
A family day in North Liverpool this weekend will see the launch of the city’s first dry sports bar.
A free community event organised by Liverpool City Council, to be opened by The Lord Mayor, takes place on Tuesday 12th November 2013 10am - 3pm at St Georges Hall.
A drama highlighting the real-life situations facing families struggling with debt in the wake of the bedroom tax is touring neighbourhoods across Merseyside and Cheshire.
Police in a Merseyside neighbourhood are tackling anti-social behaviour on their own quad bikes.
Young people from Black and Minority Ethnic Groups across Merseyside and Cheshire are set to benefit from a Fundraising Charity Gala which aims to develop new initiatives that support the creation of employment, training and enterprise initiatives.
Plus Dane are hosting its second charity fundraising gala dinner as part of Black History Month, on Friday 11 October 2013 at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool with Frank Rogers Building Contractors being the Premier sponsor.
Neighbourhood investor, Plus Dane Group is delighted to announce that the Group will be appointing four new Board members.
Neighbourhood investor, Plus Dane Group, is celebrating its first 12 months working as Cheshire West and Chester Council’s housing management provider in Ellesmere Port and Neston having achieved or exceeded the main key targets for the first year.
Neighbourhood investor, Plus Dane Group, is pleased to announce that former Chartered Institute of Housing President, Robin Lawler, has been appointed as Chair of the Group’s Cheshire Board.
Plus Dane Group and Liverpool City Council have welcomed today’s endorsement by the planning committee of the Group’s proposals to deliver a £15m regeneration scheme for the Welsh Streets.
Primary schoolchildren and residents from a Liverpool neighbourhood have worked together to transform a former fly tip into a community allotment and garden.
Colleagues and Residents from Plus Dane and other RSL's will be speaking at a wellbeing session at the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference on 26 June 2013.
We are in the middle of a housing shortage that shows little sign of abating. House prices have risen to the point where an entire generation is struggling to afford a home. There is a simple solution. We need to build more of the right homes, in the right place, at the right price. And you won’t believe it, but all you have to do is say Yes to Homes.
From April 2013, the UK Government are introducing changes to housing and other benefits. As part of Plus Dane's Big Benefit Shake Up campaign and to find out more about these changes, view are short film here.
Partners in Castlefields regeneration gathered this week to mark another milestone in the area’s transformation, the start of works by Neighbourhood investor, Plus Dane Group, to take down the last of the Group's deck-access flats at Shepherd’s Row.
Change to Housing Ombudsman complaint referral procedure
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s customer service access point in Neston is to re-locate into the local library – ensuring that the majority of council services can be accessed by local residents from one place.
A local community enterprise in Dingle that works to provide a vital transport service for the local community has celebrated its 10th anniversary by achieving ownership of the building it operates from.
Stonewall applauds efforts to build on an already strong commitment to diversity
Locals offered freee training in how to use the web to search for jobs
Staff visit thousands of tenants to help them cope with welfare changes
Homes given eco-friendly makeover
Plus Dane scoops two honours at the Your Move magazine awards
Plus Dane Group is backing Merseyside Black History Month by signing up as a premier sponsor of this year’s month of celebrations.
The district which gave birth to soccer stars like Robbie Fowler and Kevin Nolan this week saw the official opening of Admiral Park Recreation Ground following an £86,000 refurbishment.
A partnership of over 40 organisations all committed to working together to regenerate North Liverpool has been shortlisted for two awards for its contribution to regeneration and improving neighbourhoods in North Liverpool.
Tenants at an Ellesmere Port tower block have been showing pride in their neighbourhood
A pioneer in business ethics and social investment is to become chair of Neighbourhood investor (Ni) Plus Dane Group with a mission to “get people angry” about housing.
Plus Dane Group has been talking to tenants about the vital importance of gas safety checks
Consultation over the future of the Welsh Streets is entering its final, important stages.
Partnership working helps women become farmers
Eric Oakes has always built houses, but with Plus Dane he’s building a career, too. The 49-year-old has gone from bricklayer to site manager for one of Plus Dane’s most high-profile projects in just seven years, a journey that has involved “hard work and much reward”.
A school in Toxteth finally has a green space after Plus Dane Group brought a group of businesses together to make it happen.
A new service to help vulnerable people in Halton has been launched with a pledge to listen and act. Plus Dane has joined forces with social justice advocates SHAP and Halton Borough Council to provide a range of support services that will help people live independent lives.
Richard Kemp CBE has announced that he is to retire as chairman of Neighbourhood investor (Ni) Plus Dane Group.
Plus Dane Group, the organisation taking over the management of the 5,800 Cheshire West and Chester Council owned homes in Ellesmere Port and Neston, is to open a new office in Ellesmere Port in July, bringing a vacant office space in the town back into use.
A £1.2m development of ten new high quality homes has been completed in Granby as part of a drive to provide quality, affordable homes in the area.
Tenants in some neighbourhoods managed by social landlord Plus Dane Group will soon be benefitting from a new in house environmental service.
Neighbourhood investor (Ni) Plus Dane Group is to be awarded a £100m contract to manage housing stock in Ellesmere Port and Neston, subject to final approval by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Executive.
Plus Dane Group has been awarded a cut of a £100m national funding pot to tackle the country’s empty housing stock.
A huge art installation has been unveiled in Liverpool 8, celebrating the beauty and heritage of the neighbourhood.
PLUS Dane Group has been named the 20th best company to work for in the UK – completing a rare hat-trick of honours this year.
A leading business consultant with a soft spot for glam rock has been named as deputy chair of Plus Dane Group.
A CONSORTIUM set up to boost social enterprises in Liverpool has won a £7.8million vote of confidence.
North Liverpool will take centre stage for the city’s biggest ever outdoor event. Giant fever is set to hit the city from 20-22 April as the world’s leading street theatre company, Royal De Luxe (RDL), presents Sea Odyssey – a magical story of how the human spirit triumphs over the Titanic tragedy - starring the 30 foot tall Little Girl Giant.
THIRTEEN affordable family homes built in Kingsley have all gone to local people.
Plus Dane Group has been named one of the most gay-friendly companies to work for in the UK.
Plus Dane Group and members of Liverpool’s Kenyan community are celebrating the success of a partnership aimed at helping people at home and abroad.
Workers at a Liverpool recycling centre are celebrating achieving NVQ Level 2 qualifications in Waste Management Operations.
We are now in the final week of this year’s Beat the Chill campaign which sees Plus Dane staff visiting over 500 of our elderly and most vulnerable tenants to make sure they are prepared for the coming winter months.
Beautiful North’s ‘Show Your Beautiful Face’ campaign is putting a whole new spin on the 12 days of Christmas by planning a festive calendar of events to help improve the area for its residents.
Castlefields’ new £11m village square has reached its first major milestone as the new shop units are officially handed over and the first store to move in – Martin McColls – officially opens its doors.
Local organisations involved in the North Liverpool’s Show Your Beautiful Face campaign have been working together to give Kirkdale’s Salop Chapel a makeover, with support from Everton Football Club and Liverpool Community College.
Dog owners in County, North Liverpool, are being urged to ‘bag it and bin it’ as local councillors and partners vow to get tough on those that don’t pick up after their dogs.
Plus Dane Group is investing £1.1m in a number of energy efficiency projects that will help its tenants slash their fuel bills and keep their homes warm in winter
Leading members of Liverpool’s Arabic community have praised Plus Dane for bringing communities together and promoting learning and understanding.
Young people, carers, volunteers and small businesses in County that have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the local community have had their achievements recognised at the first ever Proud of County Awards.
Macclesfield’s MP David Rutley has welcomed the transformation of one of the town’s historic buildings into much-needed affordable homes.
Plus Dane Group is supporting Welfare Action Week this week, a national week of action to highlight the harsh reality of the government’s proposed changes to housing benefit and to campaign against them.
The Show Your Beautiful Face Photography Competition exhibition was officially unveiled at Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool One this week. The exhibition comprises of 27 shortlisted photos, including the three winning entries, and can be viewed 24 hours a day until Monday 3rd October 2011.
Soldiers returning from Afghanistan are being offered homes fit for heroes.
STYLISH new, affordable apartments in Chester - which can only be bought or rented by local people - are being snapped up fast.
More than 100 “old timers” enjoyed a taste of the Wild West at a party in Alsager.
Up to 2,000 homes are to be built in Merseyside and Cheshire for people struggling to get onto the property ladder.
DOZENS of Congleton families enjoyed a free picnic lunch from Neighbourhood investor Plus Dane Group.
The Shadow Minister for Housing, Alison Seabeck MP, today visited North Liverpool to view how the Beautiful North initiative is changing the fortunes of the Anfield, County and Kirkdale neighbourhoods and helping to show North Liverpool’s beautiful face.
Plus Dane has been helping young people breathe new life into their Liverpool neighbourhood.
Do you live, work or play in North Liverpool? Show the world its beauty by sharing your photographs in the Show Your Beautiful Face Photography Competition for your chance to win a grand prize of £500!
Residents and organisations in North Liverpool are today being invited to “Show their beautiful face” as part of a pioneering initiative to transform the environment in the Anfield, County and Kirkdale wards of the city.
Richard Kemp has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The Plus Dane Group chairman was awarded a CBE for public service.
With completion of Castlefields’ new Village Square imminent, key partners involved in leading the area’s transformation gathered today (20th May) to view its progress and mark the start of work on site of the new Castlefields Health Facility.
Tenant STATUS Survey 2011 - we have appointed the National Housing Federation's Feedback Services Limited, an indpendent market research company to carry out our 2011 STATUS survey on our behalf.
A GROUP of young people have premiered a film they made about their lives and the changing face of their community.
A CONGLETON woman has won Cheshire’s employee of the year award.
An efficiency drive at Plus Dane Group has unlocked more than £600,000 for new investment - without any cuts in service.
WORK to transform the face of housing in Middlewich has passed its first milestone.
WORK on transforming one of Macclesfield’s iconic buildings into much-needed affordable homes is nearing completion.
Census forms will start arriving through the letter boxes of all households in early March.
A new housing ‘surgery’ that will provide support and advice to tenants and residents in Ellesmere Port around tenancy issues or problems in their neighbourhood has opened at the new HHEET (Housing, Health, Employment, Enterprise and Training) Centre.
Neighbourhood investor (Ni) Plus Dane Group has launche a new approach to apprenticeships, with the backing of Liverpool Council leader Joe Anderson.
A senior Merseyside politician has become the new chair of Plus Dane Group and immediately announced ambitious plans for the group to do even more in these challenging times.
North Liverpool was today taken over by over 100 volunteers dressed as Father Christmas who are taking part in a festive clean-up of the area to show its beautiful face for Christmas.
We are pleased to offer the Women in Construction training programme to any woman working within the construction industry.
After lying derelict for over 5 years, the former Aldi site on Eldon Street in North Liverpool has been transformed in just 6 weeks following the creation of an innovative new partnership that has been developed in response to Government spending cuts.
EVERY member of staff from the Neighbourhood investor Plus Dane Group is to visit a vulnerable tenant to advise them how to stay warm and safe this winter.
A team that supports people accused of anti-social behaviour in Halton has achieved a rare honour.
HomesHub, part of the Plus Dane Group and HomeBuy agent for Merseyside and Cheshire, has launched a new and improved website this month.
Since the transfer of Liverpool City Council’s remaining social housing stock in April 2008, Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) has been working with Plus Dane in its South and West areas to deliver housing management services and the improvement programme within a Housing Management Contract (HMC) arrangement.
Our 2009/10 Customer Annual Report is now available. The report shows customers how we have performed over the last year and gives some real life examples of the work we are doing in the neighbourhoods we serve.
Chief Secretary to Treasury, Danny Alexander, today (22nd September) met leaders from across Liverpool to discuss plans to "do more with less" in an innovative approach to tackling spending cuts.
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, today (21st September) visited two key projects in Liverpool that are taking part in national pilots to look at ways to reduce carbon emissions and promote energy efficiency.
Work on a £1.5 million development that will help regenerate a neighbourhood in Widnes is due to start next month.
Plus Dane Group, has started work on a new housing development at Elworth Court in Congleton.
A coalition of voluntary, public and private sector organisations today (3rd September) welcomed Liverpool City Council’s plans to establish a “North Liverpool Action Team” covering Anfield, County and Kirkdale.
The people of the North West deserve the same opportunities as those in other parts of the country and continued investment to tackle poverty and deprivation in the region is vital to capturing the opportunities presented by the Government’s Big Society agenda. That is the message of the North West’s submission on housing to the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.
Three subsidiaries of the Plus Dane Housing Group in Liverpool – CDS Housing, Greater Hornby Housing Association (Hornby Homes) and New Generation Housing Association - have come together to form Plus Dane Merseyside.
Neighbourhood investor, the Plus Dane Housing Group, has been shortlisted in the Regional Award for Outstanding Achievement in the North Award at the 2010 National Affordable Home Ownership Housing Awards.
School children in Wavertree are being encouraged to play a part in an innovative Government project to create a super-green home, with the help of neighbourhood investor, Plus Dane Group.
A WOMAN who helped transform the face of social housing is stepping down from her current role after 43 years of service to the sector.
Liverpool City Region has been chosen to host a major trial of cutting edge ‘Smart Grid’ technology to improve the reliability and quality of electricity supplies as well as helping to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
Twelve people from Merseyside and Cheshire who have homes with neighbourhood investor, the Plus Dane Housing Group, have awarded a £32 million repairs, gas and maintenance service contract for 7,000 properties in Liverpool.
TWO VIP guests saw first hand how the £11m project to rebuild Castlefields Village Square is going.
Neighbourhood investor and regional housing association Plus Dane Group has been selected by Warrington Borough Council to join the Warrington Affordable Housing Partnership following a competitive bid process.
Local people of all ages joined together to celebrate the re-opening of a children’s play area in Castlefields.
A unique event that will help first-time buyers get a foot on the property ladder is coming to Ellesmere Port.
Following a rigorous selection process, Pól O’Gray, tenant Board Member for Plus Dane – Neighbourhood investor and one of the largest social housing providers in the North West - will take up his seat as a board member for the new National Tenant Voice (NTV).
Robert Napier, Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) visited the £11m Village Square project in Castlefields, Runcorn as construction work started.
Two residents from housing association Plus Dane Group were invited to have their say at a national conference.
Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell officially opened a brand new £5.9m extra-care scheme for retired people in Congleton.
North West based Plus Dane Group has been named as one of the top 30 companies to work for in the UK.
Plus Dane Group has secured a share of £17M government funding to deliver a pioneering eco-refurbishment of a Victorian end-terrace property in Liverpool.
A new qualification for people working in the housing sector has been launched in the North West.
Plus Dane Group’s Development team has made it to the Finals of the prestigious Housing Heroes Awards 2010 in the Development Team of the Year category. The awards are organised by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
Some local shops have now temporarily moved as work progresses on the £11M Village Square development for Castlefields, Runcorn.
The Neighbourhood investor – the plus dane group, based in Merseyside and Cheshire is an ‘outstanding company to work for’ according to the ‘Best Companies Accreditation Scheme’, the results of which were published today.
As Britain remains in the grip of the severest winter conditions experienced for the last thirty years, plus dane – neighbourhood investor staff have come up with some creative ways to help their more vulnerable residents across Merseyside, Halton, Lancashire, Cheshire and Staffordshire.
More than 400 members of staff from the North West housing association plus dane group, including the chief executive and chairman, will be visiting customers to advise them how to stay warm and safe in their homes this winter.
Plus dane group, the North West based housing association and neighbourhood investor, is launching an innovative website designed by its customers.
Plus dane group, the housing association and Neighbourhood investor, has agreed an innovative new pay award following consultation with its staff.
More than 7,000 tenants in Merseyside will be offered the opportunity to have a free Home Fire Safety Check as a result of a new initiative from housing group, plus dane, and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS).
The security of more than 400 homes in the Liverpool 8 area will be improved thanks to the creation of three new training posts by neighbourhood investor, the plus dane group.
Eamonn Boylan, HCA Corporate Director, New Ventures & Partnerships, launched Innovation Chain North West on Friday, 18 September with the message that within the housing sector, "we innovate or die."
An exciting event for first time buyers is coming to Liverpool, providing the full package of advice and information to help buyers find an affordable new home.