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It's Trustees Week!

…ensuring the legacies left in their care can continue and thrive into the future. We thank all the trustees who work tirelessly to provide their residents with safe, warm secure…

In the event of the death of a resident

…can find your local health protection team at: www.gov.uk/health-protection-team Clearing an Almshouse Dwelling of Personal Possessions Usually the licence for a deceased resident officially ends when the keys have been…

Insurance Reinstatement Values

…is rarely the case with policies taken out by housing organisations, which have set amounts for rebuilding included in the Schedule of Insurance. Why doessthe figure need to be…

Influencing local planning on housing and ageing

…and Country Planning Association. The Older People’s Housing Champions would love to hear from you if you are taking any local action on housing and ageing. Website: www.housingactionblog.wordpress.com Email: housingchampionsnetwork@gmail.com…

Implications of being a Registered Provider

…Provider? Our trustees have never applied for social housing grant. Unfortunately the application may have been made decades ago by previous trustees and your charity is likely to have stayed…

Housing Ombudsman Complaints Handling Code

…group of residents.” It notes that a resident doessnot have to use the word ‘complaint’ for it to be treated as such and landlords should endeavour to resolve issues…

Housing Manager - Tiverton Almshouse Trust

…knowledge of safeguarding and health and safety practice in a housing environment. Desirable Skills: Housing, Health & Social Care qualification or equivalent HR experience Responsibilities of the Role, but not…

House of Lords: Almshouses take centre stage

…Government acknowledge the vital work our members undertake and the vital service they provide to their communities. We would like to extend our thanks to the Lords who raised questions…

House of Lords: Almshouses raised again

…help us in this effort by reaching out to your MP who can reach out to The Almshouse Association to support our work and that of the movement. You can…

Helping those in isolation

…supports this idea and hopes that our member charities can help residents to remain in touch with the outside world if they are still isolating. Some ways in which this…

Health & Safety online training

40 mins | CPD accredited | This basic Health and Safety Training programme covers the key areas of Health and Safety that you are legally required to train your staff in. It provides…

Green Homes Grant extended

…completed, with work needing to be completed by March 2022. This is welcome news following confirmation that almshouse charities can use the grant to make their dwellings more energy efficient. …

Govt announces Building Safety Bill

…6 to 15 years. This would be applied retrospectively to buildings completed in 2010. More information on the Bill can be found here: New regulator at heart of building safety…

Government responds to MPs questions

The Department of Health and Social Care has responded to our MPs questions. (see news item here ). Their response doessnot answer the main question of where almshouses fit…

Government guidance on pets

…Appointment and Resident Handbooks to include clear guidance on pets If your charity doesschoose to allow residents to keep pets, we would recommend having a policy in place which…

Government's Good Work Plan

…information the Good Work Plan can be found in full by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/good-work-plan Written by Ros Hammond, Employment Law in Action Ltd E: info@eliaction.com www.eliaction.com Posted 5 Sept 19…

Giving Something Back

…in his 90s and had been Chairman for 40 years). I was honoured to accept, and decided that this would fill in the “work” gap when I retired. The Louisa…

GDPR UK Essentials online training

38 mins | CPD accredited | This GDPR UK: Essential Training course is for everyone who handles personal data. It provides a broad understanding of the General Data Protection Regulations,…

Gardens & People Award winners 2019

…physical support but otherwise it has been the hard work of the residents that had yielded delicious, home grown vegetables. The residents at Yardley Great Trust, Birmingham initiated a project to improve…

Gardens & People Almshouse Association Awards

…physical support but otherwise it has been the hard work of the residents that had yielded delicious, home grown vegetables. The residents at Yardley Great Trust, Birmingham initiated a project to improve…

Garden Parties Galore!

…money.Now thanks to the hard work of Cllr Bert Grange we have six flats as well. He was a very popular man with lots of vision and determination. Many Knutsfordonians…

Fond farewells to retiring clerk

…had the very satisfying job of helping women move from inadequate housing to safe, comfortable homes, surrounded by beautiful gardens maintained by the charity’s full-time gardener, Robert Fenton.” In addition…

Eric's story

…of which have been a benefit in his work as a clerk to the trustees. His daily/weekly/monthly work varies from visiting and resolving issues raised by residents, repair and maintenance…

EPCs - Association's Statement on EPCs

…need to follow this guidance when introducing a new resident. The Association doessnot believe that trustees must provide a copy of the EPC as standard, rather that it should…

Energy White Paper: Association response

…this task with the strongest will and determination. The Energy White Paper forms an initial part of this effort, but it doessnot provide enough information to reassure many of…

Electrical Safety Standards Regs 2020

…that prospective resident. Any further investigative or remedial work identified in the report should be carried out by  a qualified person(s) within 28 days, unless a shorter period is specified. …

Dunk's Almshouses celebrate our 75th!

…left by Sir Thomas Dunk in his Will. The community spirit was tremendous and despite the hard work was much enjoyed by all especially the residents who invited family and…

Donnington Hospital Trust - Berkshire

…Berkshire or Oxfordshire. Sorry no pets. Contact Details Contact the Office Manager on 01635 551530 or by email to amanda@donningtonhospital.com to apply for an application form or for further information….

Diversifying your Charity Board

…and one third are under the age of 50. 59% of charities report that their board doessnot reflect the communities they serve. And 74% of charities struggle to find…

Digital Switchover Guide

…rely on telecare in the UK, and on the organisations that manage health, housing and home care. Legrand, Erosh, TSA and the Almshouse Association have been working together to create…

Day’s and Atkinson’s Almshouse Charity

…balloons they could find. It was a real joy to see their childhood friendship blossom and a sight that made all the hard work demanded by this project so worthwhile….

Current Issues: New items posted

…– Oct 19 Government’s Good Work Plan – Sept 19 Charity Risk Barometer 2019 – Sept 19 Value for Money Metrics for almshouse charities – Sept 19 Current Issues Library…

Covid update: 21.12.20

…Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring). In short, Tier 4 restrictions are effectively a lockdown. You cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable…

Covid-19 vaccine update

…vaccination appointment with a Local Authority-issued Notice of Eligibility. They can now also use a recent letter from their employer, along with photo identification which confirms their place of work….

Covid-19 vaccine

…directly working with vulnerable people who need care and support irrespective of where they work (for example in hospital, people’s own homes, day centres, or supported housing); or who they…

Covid-19 update: 29.09.20

…where possible. There are also many sources of external help that may be useful for you and your residents: Mental Health Advice on mental health, how to assess your feelings,…

Covid-19 update: 29.06.20

…able to meet indoors or outside. This doessnot have to be the same set of households – but the government doessnot recommend meetings of multiple households indoors because…

Covid-19 update: 29 04 20

…have previously published guidance on PPE at: Department of Health and Social Care: Covid-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Plan (10 April 2020) Public Health England: COVID-19: guidance for supported living…

Covid-19 update: 28.05.20

…and how they can access local support services if needed. The Department for Work and Pensions has also announced that those having to self-isolate who cannot work from home will…

Covid-19 update: 24.11.20

…hospitality will close except for delivery, takeaway and drive-through; hotels and other accommodation providers must close (except for specific exemptions, including people staying for work purposes or where they cannot…