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It’s good to talk

The last twelve months have been hard on everyone, especially if you’ve been living alone. We’ve all become much more aware of how important contact with others is to our mental health and emotional wellbeing. A simple phone call, a chat on the doorstep, or even a smile and a hello as you pass on the street can make a real difference to someone’s day.  If you live by yourself, it helps to keep in regular contact with others. Ex-serviceman, ...
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Community Learning Blog

Our Community Learning Programme continues its success at new venue Blackpool’s Seasiders Learning Centre. We recently heard from one of our learners, Elaine, who shared her experience so far… Hi everyone, My name is Elaine and I’ve been a member of BCH’s fantastic community learners programme for the past 2 years. I was very nervous when I first came to classes as I didn’t know anyone and wasn’t sure what was expected of me or if I would be able ...
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TOWER Support Scrutiny Week

Members of our TOWER Scrutiny Panel took part in Tpas’ first National Scrutiny week recently, which included a series of webinar events to celebrate scrutiny in social housing and showcase the fantastic work organisations across the country have been doing in partnership with their customers. Throughout the week, daily virtual sessions were held on topics such as Online Scrutiny, Ask the Scrutiny Experts and Tips for Successful Scrutiny. TOWER Scrutiny Panel member David attended the sessions and found them interesting ...
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BCH Resident Blog

My virtual involvement By Dean O’Shea I have recently attended my first Northern Housing Consortium virtual conference. The conference was very interesting. The speakers were from the Housing Ombudsman and the Social Housing Regulator. Both spoke about their services before and since the Covid-19 Lockdown. The Regulator referred specifically to the Government forthcoming White Paper on Social Housing, hoping that when it is discussed in Parliament, that issues that have arisen in the social housing sector over the last three ...
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Tenants Project Fund Update

The Tenants Project Fund has provided grants to a range of community based projects that have brought significant benefits to our residents and the communities in which they live. The outbreak of the Coronavirus has necessitated a number of community initiatives which are supporting residents across Blackpool through these difficult and unprecedented times. As a result, we have been looking at how we can further support these schemes. By continuing to support outcomes that create stronger communities, promote health and ...
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TOWER’s David shares the story

My name is David Shakespeare. I have been a BCH tenant for 11 years, and have volunteered on the TOWER Scrutiny Panel for the past 5 years so far. Our job is to scrutinise all aspects of BCH work i.e. Repairs/Rents and ASB etc. When we do a Scrutiny we look at the chosen service from a BCH tenants perspective. We look at all relevant service documents, interview BCH management, staff and, most importantly, we speak with customers to get ...