You might have seen that the Scottish Government has launched a new campaign at promoting Credit Unions as an ethical financial alternative to hight interest lenders, such as payday lenders, in the run up to Christmas. Wishaw and District Housing Association fully support this campaign.
We currently have no Shared Ownership property available for sale. Details of any future Shared Ownership Properties can be found here.
Every household is entitled to 3 free uplifts per year for bulk items (the year runs from 1st April - 31st March). Please contact North Lanarkshire Council Cleansing Department on 01698-302010.
Examples of what will be uplifted.
The Age Scotland Helpline offers an independent, confidential telephone based information service to people aged fifty and over living in Scotland, and to those associated with them such as their carers and families - Telephone Number 0845 125 9732.
One particular question being addressed by Age Scotland is "Are there any Council Tax discounts for people aged 60 and over"? The answer to this and many other questions can be found on Age Scotland website.
Plans for our new houses and a care home at the former Tesco site in Main Street, Wishaw have taken a step forward with the submission of a planning application to North Lanarkshire Council and if the planning application is successful we expect work to begin in summer next year with completion in 2015.
Suited and Booted is a Social Enterprise offering free interview clothing to North Lanarkshire residents.
The scheme receives donations of business clothing which are recycled and issued to candidates for job interviews and is open to both male and female candidates aged 16+ who are receiving benefits.
In addition to providing interview clothing, Suited and Booted also provide relevant training in CV creation, Application Forms and Interview techniques. Other training courses will also be available on demand.
Following the launch of our Credit Union Voucher Scheme at the Residents' Conference 'Easy Money' on 24 June 2010, we wrote to all tenants and sharing owners inviting them to participate in the scheme with the incentive of a £10.00 credit union voucher. The issue of vouchers to all current tenants and sharing owners is now complete and vouchers will now be issued to new tenants at sign-up.
If you have any comments or thoughts you wish to share with us regarding our Credit Union Voucher Scheme, you can contact us by email, by phone or by completing an on-line comments form.
Scottish Fire & Rescue are now offering FREE home fire safety visits to everyone in our area.
During the visit experienced firefighters will check each room of your house with you, helping to make sure your house is safe. If you do not have a smoke alarm they will fit one for free.
You can arrange for your FREE visit in a number of ways. Our staff can make a referral or issue you with the appropriate form or alternatively you can call 0800-0731-999, phone Motherwell Fire Station on 01698-262222 or text check@ to 61611 on your mobile.
Your local fire station will then contact you within 7 days to arrange a time and date that suits you.
Wishaw and District Housing Association has also agreed to work in partnership with the services' Community Safety Advocates, to assist them in the delivery of their service priorities and meet their outcomes, by making referrals for Home Fire Safety Visits for any individuals who are most vulnerable to fire within the home. This will only be done with the individual's consent.
Sometime it's the little things that cause the most problems; noisy neighbours, fly tipping and people drinking on your street. We know that you just want it to stop.
Your local community policing team is here to do just that.
To make anti-social behaviour stop.
Visit Police Scotland website for more information on their role in anti-social behaviour
If you are on a low income, or in receipt of certain state benefits, you may be able to claim Housing Benefit to help you pay your rent or Council Tax. Even if you do not qualify for help with all of your rent or Council Tax, depending on who lives in your house and your household income, you may be entitled to some assistance.
You can check your eligibility at North Lanarkshire Council's on-line calculator. If you have any questions on your eligibility you can get help and advice at the Council's nearest 'First Stop Shop'.
Each year the Association carries out a number of medical adaptations within our tenanted properties. These works generally arise from a referral by an Occupational Therapist and the cost is funded by the Scottish Government.
The funding available to Wishaw and District Housing Association for medical adaptations for this financial year has been used, however any outstanding referrals will remain pending until future funding is secured by us from the Scottish Government.
Anyone aged over 65 with a disability living in North Lanarkshire can receive help with small repairs and household tasks through the councils Care and Repair Service. There is also a leaflet available providing more information on this service.
The Basic Bank Account is just one of the number of services the Association is offering to help our tenants prepare for the many challenges posed by welfare reforms and we are pleased that our first two accounts are now up and running.
Having been awarded funding through the Environmental Key Fund (Blacklaw Windfarm Community Fund) for the Community Eco-Garden at Easter Road, and given consent by EKF to proceed with this Project, Wishaw and District Housing Association, after months of anticipation, are delighted to announce the completion of their Eco-Garden.
This was recognised with a formal opening ceremony held on Friday 20 April 2012 when Depute Lord Provost, Jim Robertson, planted an apple tree to mark the occasion.
Are you familiar with the Benefit Changes Ahead. Here are a few changes which may affect you.
We are pleased to confirm that our partnership project with Motherwell and Wishaw Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and 4 other local landlords will continue for another year, until the end of March 2014.
We also have plans to expand the service, if we can secure Big Lottery Funding, so that we can provide a wider range of assistance to our tenants who will be affected by the Westminster Government's Welfare Reforms.
We are also pleased to report that to the end of December 2012 the project has secured almost £1.8 million of client financial gain for the partner landlords' resident in North Lanarkshire. Wishaw & District HA residents have gained £430,000.
One Parent Families Scotland works to ensure that all families, particularly those headed by a lone parent, have the support, information and confidence needed to play a full part in Scotland's economic and social life.
OPFS are piloting a callback service for lone parents to run alongside the Lone Parent Helpline and is designed to give additional support to parents who would benefit from a listening ear and on-going help. Parents who are experiencing a new pregnancy, separation/divorce or a move into employment or education are offered a weekly or fortnightly call back for up to three months.
In past years our heating contractors have reported that sometimes they have found it difficult to gain access to some houses to carry out the annual gas safety check. We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of allowing access. It is in the interest of both your own and your neighbour's safety and we must carry out this work.
Positive Action in Housing, the Scottish ethnic minorities housing agency provides free, independent and multilingual housing advice and information for refugees, asylum seekers, EU migrants and people from ethnic minorities. Information on drop-in surgery times.
We have provided some useful links which can give you more information on Money Advice, Anti-Social Behaviour, Citizens' Advice etc.