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

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Pinnacle PSG, which 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 supplying 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.”

3rd April 2014

Meadow Green Extra Care Housing Scheme is officially open

The official opening of a new Extra Care Housing Scheme in Heckmondwike for older people and people with housing and social care needs took place yesterday. Read more

The official opening of a new Extra Care Housing Scheme in Heckmondwike for older people and people with housing and social care needs took place yesterday.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Martyn Bolt officially opened Meadow Green and Meadow Green Lodge whilst meeting tenants who have recently moved in to their new homes.

Meadow Green is the second of the three Extra Care Housing schemes being built by Kirklees Council in partnership with Regenter Excellent Homes for Life (REHL), a consortium comprising of John Laing and Wates Living Space. The scheme will be maintained in terms of cleaning, routine maintenance, grounds maintenance and repairs by Pinnacle PSG on behalf of the REHL consortium and will also manage the tenancies on behalf of the council.

Care and support is provided by national health and social care charity Community Integrated Care.

Woodland Court, in Dewsbury was the first Extra Care Housing Scheme and was opened in October 2013, by HRH the Duke of Kent. The third Extra Care housing scheme, Sandymount, is being built in Huddersfield and is due to open in July 2014.

Meadow Green is a modern 53 apartment complex, which includes Meadow Green Lodge, a separate scheme of ten flats that will exclusively deliver specialist support to people with dementia.

Meadow Green has a number of communal facilities that all tenants are able to take advantage of, for example, lounge, activity room, therapy suite, hairdressing salon, landscaped garden and a restaurant with services provided by Kirklees Catering.  It is also an excellent resource for the local community as local people can use some of the facilities on offer.

Cllr Molly Walton, Kirklees Council, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said “Meadow Green is a modern, spacious housing facility with care and support available. It’s all about providing independent living for people in a safe environment for as long as possible, with high quality care close at hand should they need it. The environment where people live makes a tremendous difference to their quality of life and wellbeing, as well as offering reassurance to their families, friends and carers. I’m looking forward to talking to the tenants about their new homes and finding out how they are settling in”.

Cllr Cathy Scott, Kirklees Council, Cabinet Member for Housing added “Meadow Green and Meadow Green Lodge is a great partnership development that the council is very proud of – it’s a huge achievement – thank you to all involved”.

Joanne Jamieson, Regional Managing Director of Wates Living Space, commented “Completing construction of this second of three important extra care facilities demonstrates the great progress we are making as a partnership in the delivery of new homes for the people of Kirklees. Meadow Green and Meadow Green Lodge will provide the residents of Heckmondwike with the support they need whilst enabling them to remain independent in high quality accommodation. I wish them every happiness in their new homes.”

John Gilmore, John Laing General Manager for the project, said: “Our achievements to date on Woodland Court and Meadow Green are testament to the hard work carried out by Kirklees Council and the Regenter Excellent Homes for Life consortium partners. It’s fantastic to see more and more Kirklees residents moving into high quality accommodation that has been tailored to their needs and we look forward to completing the third and final extra care facility to further improve the lives of the Kirklees community”.

Nick Wright, Commercial Finance Director at Pinnacle PSG Limited said “I was delighted to be invited to the official opening of Meadow Green, having worked closely with Kirklees Council, Wates Living Space and John Laing for a number of years developing the vision for the project right through to contract signature.  It’s great to be able to see the finished product: independent living for tenants, who are able to enjoy the high quality facilities and services that are now in place.”

Neil Matthewman, Chief Executive at Community Integrated Care, says: ““We are delighted to be working in partnership with Kirklees Council to provide life-enhancing support for the local community at Meadow Green and Meadow Green Lodge. “This is a very exciting development, which will not only transform the lives of the people supported by the scheme, but also provides a wealth of fantastic amenities that the whole community can enjoy.”

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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, which 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 supplying 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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