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23rd April 2014

Ivan Griffin lands job role at Pinnacle PSG after gaining workplace skills experience with Build It

Pinnacle PSG, who provides grounds maintenance and cleaning for Lambeth Living, offered ‘demo’ days for all the Build It scheme volunteers with the...

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Pinnacle PSG, who provides grounds maintenance and cleaning for Lambeth Living, offered ‘demo’ days for all the Build It scheme volunteers with the specialist services teams, who deliver services such as: window cleaning, jetting, drain clearance and graffiti removal.

The Build It scheme is a local employment initiative in Lambeth, which approached Pinnacle PSG to provide training for their young unemployed people. The Build It initiative encourages youngsters into work by applying them with the skills and knowledge they need. For example, Ivan Griffin Koko, 20, who was unemployed and completing his qualifications until he joined Build It.

“Ivan was so enthusiastic and willing to learn,” said Pinnacle PSG manager Ron Brace “And we happened to have a vacancy available, so with the team manager’s recommendation we decided to give Ivan the job.”

Ivan says of his new job: “I’m getting a lot of new experiences from being in an actual working environment and a lot of variety. One week we are doing deep cleaning in Sutton and the next week we are jet washing a Lambeth estate. I’m also learning about communication skills and teamwork.

“I’d say generally, there’s a lot of up sides to having a job. We all want to do something constructive and know it’s going somewhere. I worked with Build It on redecorating Deronda Hall in December and January and I’ve got qualifications in bricklaying from college, but I think it was my can do attitude that got me noticed by Pinnacle PSG.

Pinnacle PSG’s Ron added: “We strongly believe that we can support young people in getting a profession for life by providing them with work experience and we think that Ivan will have a promising career.”

4th April 2014

Two projects shortlisted for the 2014 Housing Heroes Awards

Basildon resident John McKay and the New Vision Homes housing team have both been shortlisted from over 200 entries for the 2014 Housing Heroes Awards. These...

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Basildon resident John McKay and the New Vision Homes housing team have both been shortlisted from over 200 entries for the 2014 Housing Heroes Awards. These awards are in their sixth year and will once again showcase the people and teams that are doing exceptional work in the social/affordable housing sector.

John McKay was nominated by Pinnacle PSG, who manages the communal cleaning for Basildon Council’s housing stock, for the ‘inspirational tenant of the year’ award. John is seen as a role model within the local community, always selflessly looking to help the less fortunate.  Over many years he has dedicated much of his time to being the Chair of Lee Chapel North Tenants Association, always listening to residents views, ensuring their voices are heard and showing that if you set your mind to achieving something that you can do it.

The New Vision Homes housing team, which delivers 24/7 housing management, repairs and maintenance and estate services on behalf of Woking Borough Council to 3,800 homes, has been shortlisted in the ‘Frontline housing team of the year’ award.

The team was nominated because it not only provides value for money, but it also delivers high performance with significant increases in resident satisfaction levels achieved in its first year of operation.

The event is organised by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and attracted an amazing response with submissions from the length and breadth of the UK.

For the second time, the winners will be revealed the night before the doors open at the CIH Conference and Exhibition, at a sensational awards ceremony in the Exchange Hall at Manchester Central on Monday 23 June. Last year over 700 people attended making it one of the largest award ceremonies in the social housing calendar.

Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Grainia Long said: “Congratulations to all the shortlisted finalists.  The housing world is full of heroes, from frontline and back office housing professionals to board members and tenants, who are making a big difference in their neighbourhoods and communities.  These awards aim to make sure they get the recognition they deserve for their energy, passion and dedication

Martin Hilditch, Acting Editor of Inside Housing, said: “All the finalists have done incredibly well in getting this far because the standard of entries this year was stronger than ever. Congratulations to John McKay and the New Vision Homes housing team for being shortlisted. This is a real achievement in itself given there were over 200 entries in some categories.”

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21st November 2013

London Resident's Conference 2013 Graphic

This year's London and South East Residents' Conference at the Kia Oval Cricket Stadium was summarised and drawn throughout the day from scratch by Juli Dosad, Managing...

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This year's London and South East Residents' Conference at the Kia Oval Cricket Stadium was summarised and drawn throughout the day from scratch by Juli Dosad, Managing Director of the graphic facilitation company Banter.

Resident's enjoyed watching Juli summarise the day in drawings that creatively captured the key messages of the conference and the thoughts of the resident's taking part.

For more information on what Banter does, please visit their website: www.banter.uk.net
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23rd April 2014

Ivan Griffin lands job role at Pinnacle PSG after gaining workplace skills experience with Build It

Pinnacle PSG, who provides grounds maintenance and cleaning for Lambeth Living, offered ‘demo’ days for all the Build It scheme volunteers with the specialist services teams, who deliver services such as: window cleaning, jetting, drain clearance and graffiti removal.

The Build It scheme is a local employment initiative in Lambeth, which approached Pinnacle PSG to provide training for their young unemployed people. The Build It initiative encourages youngsters into work by applying them with the skills and knowledge they need. For example, Ivan Griffin Koko, 20, who was unemployed and completing his qualifications until he joined Build It.

“Ivan was so enthusiastic and willing to learn,” said Pinnacle PSG manager Ron Brace “And we happened to have a vacancy available, so with the team manager’s recommendation we decided to give Ivan the job.”

Ivan says of his new job: “I’m getting a lot of new experiences from being in an actual working environment and a lot of variety. One week we are doing deep cleaning in Sutton and the next week we are jet washing a Lambeth estate. I’m also learning about communication skills and teamwork.

“I’d say generally, there’s a lot of up sides to having a job. We all want to do something constructive and know it’s going somewhere. I worked with Build It on redecorating Deronda Hall in December and January and I’ve got qualifications in bricklaying from college, but I think it was my can do attitude that got me noticed by Pinnacle PSG.

Pinnacle PSG’s Ron added: “We strongly believe that we can support young people in getting a profession for life by providing them with work experience and we think that Ivan will have a promising career.”

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