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We are supporting Stop Loan Sharks Week 2023

Homes Plus is supporting a national campaign to make people aware of the dangers of loan sharks and highlight the support that is available. The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) has been running their national Stop Loan Sharks Week campaign. The campaign aims to highlight the help available to those who have been targeted by loan sharks, as well as increase the awareness of this hidden crime.... Read more

Three steps to safer homes in Gas Safety Week 11-17 September

Gas Safety Week sees the gas industry, engineers and responsible landlords come together every year with one aim – to keep us all safe. The theme of this year’s campaign, which is in its 13th year, is ‘Diversity’ and is focussed on celebrating gas engineers and the essential role they play in keeping us all gas safe. Gas Safety Week raises awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking... Read more

Work underway on 20 affordable homes in Baschurch

Community leaders have been given a close-up look at a new housing development that will provide much-needed homes for affordable rent and shared ownership in a Shropshire village. We were granted planning permission for 20 new homes on Ruyton Road, in Baschurch, and they are now taking shape ahead of their planned completion next year. The homes, developed with £1,006,000 in funding from Homes England... Read more

Working in partnership to tackle anti-social behaviour

Homes Plus is backing a national campaign aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) as we strive to build stronger, safer communities across Staffordshire and Shropshire. Our Homes Plus community safety team has a vital role in supporting customers and is joining efforts to raise awareness of the issue during ASB Awareness Week (July 18 – 24), which is being launched in Parliament. Organised... Read more

A year for people and partnerships

For Housing Plus Group, 2021 has been a year marked by the resilience of our people and the strength of our partnerships. Throughout the year we retained our focus on delivering services for tenants and keeping staff and customers safe. Building on our learning from 2020 and the changes that we had put in place, we have continued to work differently. As the year draws to a close, we are celebrating... Read more

Tribute surprises good neighbour

A woman described as a tower of strength in her neighbourhood has received a surprise tribute after residents got in touch with housing association Homes Plus. Kerry Parkes grew up in a South Staffordshire village and her roles as dinner lady and previously the school crossing patrol warden or ‘lollipop lady’, have made her a popular figure with local children. Decorations on her house at Halloween... Read more

Wren House welcomes its first visitors

Wren House, the latest Housing Plus Group flagship development close to the centre of Stafford will soon welcome its first residents. Before then our development team, which worked with partners to bring the ambitious project to completion despite all the challenges imposed by the pandemic, invited chief executive Sarah Boden to take a look around the impressive building. Sarah was joined by Executive... Read more

Top grade for Housing Plus Group

Housing Plus Group has again achieved the highest regulatory grade, following an In Depth Assessment (IDA) by the Regulator of Social Housing. In a regulatory judgement the Group retained the top ratings for Governance (G1) and Financial Viability (V1), which are awarded to well-governed and financially strong organisations. The assessment reflects the successful management of homes and services following... Read more

Tortoise talk bridges generation gap for new pen pals

A pen pal project aimed at combatting the loneliness of lockdown has linked teenagers in a Walsall secondary school with residents in some of our retirement living communities across Staffordshire. The multi-generational pen pal project is the brainchild of Sarah Wilson, Engagement and volunteer co-ordinator at Care Plus. Sarah has been working with Walsall Academy staff member Kay Weston who, when... Read more

Two Housing Plus Group tenants join new national panel

Congratulations to involved customers David and Julia , who have been appointed to the Housing Ombudsman’s new national Resident Panel. The panel will help develop the work of the ombudsman as well as ensuring a stronger voice for tenants. More than 600 tenants applied to join the panel, with 100 chosen to represent a cross-section of landlords in the Housing Ombudsman scheme. David is deputy chair... Read more