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My involvement in the Housing Ombudsman Resident Panel

I applied to take part in the Housing Ombudsman Resident Panel following an email I received asking for tenant volunteers. I was delighted when I was invited to be a panel member. Our first online meeting has just taken place and it was great to see so many people there and representing a wide number of housing providers. The Housing Ombudsman is 25 years old and as you can imagine things have really changed and developed over those years so ...
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Michael’s journey with MPT

Michael, 20, has lived at William Lyons House for just under a year. The team at William Lyons House (WLH) help young people gain life skills to help when they get a house of their own. They can also get help through the More Positive Together (MPT) service, to access employment, education and/or training. MPT Resilience Officer Leanne, has been supporting Michael since last October and shares his story… “I carry out a drop-in every Monday afternoon at WLH so ...
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How to cope in hot weather

The hot weather is upon us, and whilst it is glorious there can also be health risks. We’ve taken the useful information below on how to cope with the hot weather directly from the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/. Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long, there are health risks. In England, there are on average 2000 heat related deaths every year.  Why is a heatwave a problem? The main risks posed by a heatwave are: ...
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BCH relocates to @The Grange Community Hub

Blackpool Coastal Housing has made the decision to close its Grange Park Estate Office on Chepstow Road, Blackpool, in order to move into office space within the community hub, @The Grange Blackpool. From July 31st the Grange Park office will be closed permanently and handed over to Blackpool Council to form part of the wider redevelopment plans for Grange Park. John Donnellon, Chief Executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing, said; “This move is a fantastic opportunity to not only work within ...
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Transforming Gardens, Transforming Lives

ROC (Redeeming Our Communities) is a community engagement charity that focuses on working together in partnerships to create kinder and safer communities. ROC Garden is a project that has worked very closely with Blackpool Coastal Housing now for nearly 5 years. ‘Transforming Gardens, Transforming Lives’ is the phrase our team uses to describe the difference we make, not just to the gardens we transform for BCH residents, but to the those who actively volunteer, take part, get stuck in, or ...
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Connecting Communities

We’d like to give our special thanks to Active Lancashire for funding this latest fantastic project, helping to reduce social isolation and reconnect our communities. 27 tablets have been provided as a result of the funding, which will be delivered to residents in need across Blackpool over the next few months. Pictured is our Community Activities Co-ordinator, Debbie Kerr, who delivered the first tablet to Don (also pictured), a previous resident of Blackpool Coastal Housing. Debbie helped Don to download ...
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Your Community Centres

Keeping you safe We understand that community groups and residents are keen to start reconnecting through the use of the Community Centres.  We are working hard to prepare for reopening, and continue to follow Government guidelines in operating and implementing safe working practices. Chief Executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing, John Donnellon, has provided an update on the safe re-opening of the Community Centres, as follows; You will all be acutely aware that our community centres are an important meeting place ...
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Going green in Bispham

Residents of Munster Avenue, Bispham have a greener outlook thanks to the arrival of seven new semi-mature trees. The joint project has been funded by Blackpool Coastal Housing and carried out by Blackpool Council’s Parks Service, as part of a commitment to increase canopy cover and aid in carbon offsetting. The four Chestnut-leaved Oaks and three Holm Oaks, which are already in excess of seven metres in height, have created a line of trees for Munster Avenue benefitting the local ...
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Community Learning Blog

As lockdown restrictions begin to slowly ease, our Community Learners have now returned to Blackpool’s Seasiders Learning Centre to continue their studies. Each student has been learning at home throughout the lockdown period and so they were understandably excited to hear the news that it was time to get back to class! The safety of our learners and the teaching staff remains a priority and therefore rapid COVID tests are a requirement – Blackpool and the Fylde tutors have received ...