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One Vision Housing awarded £10k to host events to tackle loneliness

Sefton-based social housing association, One Vision Housing have been awarded £10,000 by the Big Lottery Fund to support ‘Celebrate the Good Times’, a series of four community events which aims to bring people together and tackle social isolation.

Social and retirement housing provider One Vision Housing (OVH) are addressing the issues of loneliness and lack of social interaction in older generations.

Studies show that social events can improve mental and emotional wellbeing as well as lower depression and anxiety.

The housing association successfully applied for National Lottery Awards for All funding towards four, free entry, community events taking place between June and December 2018.

OVH are working with different local organisations to invite individuals who would benefit from the social interaction afforded by the events.

The first of the four events was The Great Get Together (a More In Common project in partnership with the Jo Cox Foundation) which took place at the Bootle Firwood Cricket Club on Friday 22nd June.

Other events include a Suffragette-themed afternoon tea with live entertainment to celebrate Older Person’s Day in October, a WWI centenary event involving the Armed Forces and local veterans, and a Christmas Day Lunch where guests, who may be spending the holidays alone, can enjoy a three course meal in the company of fellow attendees and volunteers.

OVH Head of Customer Empowerment, Ann Owens said: “We were overjoyed to be awarded this funding which allows us to reach more people in our communities. It’ll make a real difference to those who may be socially isolated and wanting to get out a bit more and meet new people.”

For more information about One Vision Housing and their work in the community, visit ovh.org.uk

Sefton honours service personnel on Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated in Sefton with special flags flown at Bootle and Southport Town Halls.

Each year Armed Forces Day is held as an opportunity for residents to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

The Armed Forces Day Flag will be flown from Bootle and Southport Town Halls from Monday June 25 to Monday July 2.

Although the day itself takes place on Saturday June 30, a special series of events will be held outside Southport Town Hall on Sunday July 1 from 10am, hosted by the Sefton Branch of the SSAFA.

The Mayor of Sefton will be present at Southport Town Hall to oversee a Drumhead Service and Parade before SSAFA launch a day long program of events in the town centre.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “Armed Forces Day is a great way to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

“It also gives us all an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the entire Armed Forces community.

“I would like to ask as many people as possible across the borough to take note of this special day and remember some of the real heroes in our society.”

For more information on Armed Forces Day visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk.

One Vision Housing Fire Safety Update – Cygnet House and Wren House

One Vision Housing (OVH) has today (26/06/17) completed the removal of cladding from two high-rise blocks, Cygnet House and Wren House in Bootle.

Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London, OVH have been working closely with a number of Government Departments, Local Authorities as well as Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service regarding fire safety within all high-rise properties.

Part of this approach involved testing cladding through the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Tests concluded that elements of the cladding on Cygnet House and Wren House, whilst meeting building regulations, did not meet the latest Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) test criteria.

As a precautionary measure to ensure the continued safety of tenants, OVH took the decision to remove the cladding from the two blocks. Work began to remove the cladding early on Saturday morning, with staff on-site to ensure residents were fully informed throughout the process.

Work to replace the cladding will commence as soon as is practically possible and in consultation with stakeholders.

Stephanie Williams, who lives in Wren House said: One Vision have been really informative. I’ve had three letters explaining the situation. I’m glad they are doing something about it, and doing it so urgently.”

Roy Williams, Chief Executive – One Vision Housing commented: “Colleagues from OVH together with our partners at Merseyside Fire and Rescue have worked tirelessly over the weekend to ensure works were completed as quickly as possible with the safety of our residents being paramount and at the forefront of our thinking.”

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “Protecting our local communities is of massive importance to us and through this example of partnership working, this matter has been dealt with quickly and efficiently. Residents at both high rise blocks can feel much safer now this work has been carried out.”

 Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: “We have been working hard over the weekend with Sefton Council and OVH staff to quickly resolve cladding test failures at Cygnet House and Wren House. We are very pleased that thanks to the effective partnership working, professionalism and dedication of all concerned we have been able to deal with the issues without evacuating the blocks.”

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