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Housing providers partner up to help tenants find their perfect match

Posted on Tuesday 21st May 2013 at 11:56 am by SH (Editor)

Merlin Housing Society.

Social housing providers in South Gloucestershire have partnered up for a series of ‘speed-dating for houses’ events, to help their tenants move.

Merlin Housing Society, Knightstone Housing Association, Sovereign Housing Association and Solon South West Housing, are holding the events to help people affected by Welfare Reform. The three events will bring people who want or need to move home together to see if they can swap homes.

Merlin’s Head of Neighbourhood Services, Barbara Reid said:

“Welfare Reform is bringing huge changes for social housing tenants. More than 1,000 people living in South Gloucestershire areas have been affected by the introduction of the bedroom tax.”

“It’s not just demand for smaller properties though, we have families in need of bigger homes because they’ve outgrown their current one, and older people who are struggling to manage larger properties.”

“For some the only option is to move, but up until now that hasn’t been easy. The speed-dating concept has developed as a result of one we held earlier this year, which really bought home the demand for house swaps.”

Solon’s Head of Housing, Darryl Harkin said:

“Solon is happy to be involved in this initiative with Merlin, having attended the first event in February which was a great success.”

“We are hopeful that a number of our residents can secure a move as a result of the events so that the worry of finding the extra money to meet Housing costs is removed.”

More: Events scheduled for Filton, Chipping Sodbury and Staple Hill »

Source: Merlin Housing Society


Merlin’s £20m PRC homes refurbishment project gets underway

Posted on Tuesday 30th April 2013 at 1:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Improvements to non-traditional housing stock.

Work has begun on a £20m project to improve 1,000 homes in South Gloucestershire.

Merlin Housing Society is carrying out external improvements to most of its non-traditional housing stock to make them warmer and cheaper to heat. The first phase of work involves 48 properties in Cadbury Heath.

Project manager Richard Hopkins said:

“It’s great to get underway with this work as residents have been waiting a long time for this. Their homes suffer from problems with cold and damp, but these improvements will make them warmer, cheaper to heat and more weather-proof and should make a big difference to everyone who lives in them.”

The first phase of work is due to be completed in September; Merlin will then roll out the rest of the programme, which includes properties in Filton, Kingswood, Patchway, Thornbury, Yate, and Chipping Sodbury.

The £20m project will see improvements made to around 1,000 non-traditional homes (also known as precast reinforced concrete (PRC) homes). The homes were built in the 1940s and 1950s as a quick build solution to the housing shortage after the Second World War, but their condition has now started to deteriorate.

As well as the 1,000 properties being refurbished Merlin is considering redeveloping a further 410 properties.


Apprenticeship open day success

Posted on Thursday 27th December 2012 at 11:11 am by SH (Editor)

Apprentice plumbers, plasterers and electricians.

Dozens of young people came along to an open event to learn about an apprenticeship with Merlin Housing Society and the hope of a new job in the new year.

Around 70 would-be plumbers, plasterers and electricians attended the event at Merlin’s apprenticeship partner, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College last Wednesday. They were there to learn more about Merlin’s apprenticeship programme and with the hope of being one of the 13 apprentices the social landlord is taking on next year.

A number of staff were on hand for the young people to talk to and find out more about Merlin’s work, including Merlin Works Managing Director Winston Williams, who said:

“We were delighted with the number of people who turned up to learn about our apprenticeship programme.”

“They showed a real appetite and enthusiasm and we’re confident we will find some good additions to our workforce from these young people.”

“As a growing business we’re committed to providing opportunities for young people to begin their careers, especially at a time when youth unemployment is high. Apprenticeships offer a valuable route into employment for young people, giving them the chance to learn and earn money at the same time.”

More: Apprentices will study one day a week at college »

Source: Merlin Housing Society


Footballers wear it pink in charity match

Posted on Monday 29th October 2012 at 10:20 am by SH (Editor)

Members of the Merlin Housing Society team.

A South Gloucestershire housing association football team has given 110% in its efforts to support cancer charities.

Merlin Housing Society staff took to the football pitch in a pink kit to mark Breast Cancer Research’s Wear it Pink day. They were playing against fellow housing association Curo in a charity football match to raise money for a number of cancer charities, including the Bristol Children’s Hospital.

And the team were certainly in the pink by the end of the match, coming out 10-0 winners.

Team manager Ricky Gray said:

“The match was in aid of some really good causes and we were delighted to be involved. Cancer affects so many people in one way or another so we wanted to do our bit.”

“And the pink kit paid off! We couldn’t miss each other out there on the pitch. It was a great game and all the team are talking about when we can do it again.”

Earlier in the day, staff from the Chipping Sodbury-based organisation raised £215 by wearing pink shirts, wigs, and even an adult-sized baby suit.

Source: Merlin Housing Society