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#ProudTenant – Roy rises to the challenge

Roy CollisonWhen one of our Tenant Panel members, Roy Collison, heard about #HousingDay #ProudTenant, he jotted us an email telling us of his most recent #proudtenant moment.

We’ve published his story below because we felt it just goes to show how the Tenant Involvement team have empowered him to take control and resolve a situation that was affecting his community – rather than walking away and letting someone else deal with it. (Warning – don’t read this if you are eating your lunch!)

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Afternoon Tea Celebration!

Residents, staff and dignitories enjoyed a cuppa and a pasty around the new communal picnic tables and benches at Hawkins Road, Newquay, last week.

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Ocean with the help of Hawkins Road’s residents hosted an event to celebrate the installation of the new furniture in their communal area outside the block on Thursday 5th November. A number of residents and their children turned out to thank Ocean for the new improvements to their living area which is part of an ongoing programme of planned improvements to the block.

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The residents here are so pleased with our new benches and picnic tables and we are so grateful to Ocean for providing them. We will really enjoy using them”, beamed Nancy Moody.

It’s been a lovely afternoon with the local residents and we have enjoyed using the new outdoor furniture whilst drinking tea and eating pasties together”, concluded David.

Treasure Chest

The residents in the block of flats owe these new welcome additions to Ocean’s ‘Treasure Chest’ fund.

Ocean’s tenants can apply for funds through our Treasure Chest Scheme to help them host community events, street parties and various projects within their neighbourhood. Hawkins Road’s new furniture is a great example of how Ocean’s Treasure Chest is used by our residents to unite them with others in their community”, added David Renwick, Ocean’s Group Chief Executive

We hope the residents of Hawkins Road will enjoy many more such events, bringing together the community.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Ladies!

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Congratulations and Happy 3rd Birthday to the lovely ladies of the Welfare Advice team!

The team was set up 3 years ago to work with individuals and their families – to find solutions to their problems, primarily triggered by Welfare Reform or the ‘Bedroom Tax’.

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‘Thank you’!

On a regular basis, Gill, Gemma, Julie and Susan receive ‘thank you’ cards from residents who are so grateful for the help they have received to improve their personal circumstances.

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There will be even greater challenges ahead for the team with the arrival of Universal Credit. This new Benefits System will affect far more people than with the introduction of Welfare Reform.

At the moment, very few people are aware of Universal Credit and how it will affect them. The team has their work cut out, explaining the changes, what needs to be done before claiming, how to claim and subsequently how to cope with the new single monthly payments.

At the end of this month, the Welfare Advice team will be joining forces with other Ocean staff to visit in person around 400 households expected to be most affected by Universal Credit.

 

Welfare Cake slice smlIf you would like to speak the Welfare Advice team or know someone affected by Welfare Reform or Universal Credit, please contact them:

Welfare Advice Team

for Benefits Advice

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#HousingDay

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This year, #HousingDay will take place on 18th November 2015 to celebrate the positive impact of social housing on thousands of people across the UK.

Proud Tenant

This year’s theme is Proud Tenant, so we want to hear from you!

HousingDay15 bullet pointAre you proud of where you live?
(eg. have you worked hard to improve your home or garden?)

HousingDay15 bullet pointAre you proud of your community?
(eg. have you organised a community event?)

HousingDay15 bullet pointAre you proud of what you do?
(eg. are you a carer?)

HousingDay15 bullet pointAre you proud of what you have achieved?
(eg. have you overcome adversity or done anything for charity?)

Tell your Story

**If you have a story to tell us, please write in to Ocean, using the form below and don’t forget to upload your photos.**

We’ll post up your stories and photos on our website and share them on social media to change perceptions of Social Tenants.

Social Media

Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook for stories by #ukhousing landlords, staff & #proudtenants to find out more about the work that goes on to improve people’s lives.

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For the Fallen, Lest we Forget

As part of Ocean’s ongoing support of the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal, Ocean held a ceremony on 28th October to illuminate a giant printed version of the poem ‘For the Fallen’ to help launch this year’s appeal.

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The poem proudly appears on the front of Ocean’s office, displayed alongside our now familiar giant poppy which was made by Ocean’s apprentices 2 years ago.

The famous words were written by Robert Laurence Binyon, in September 1914 , just a few weeks after World War One broke out,  and have been adopted by the Royal British Legion to remember those who have ‘fallen’ in combat.

David Renwick, Ocean’s Group Chief Executive, said,

“We are delighted once again to be involved in this important remembrance and fundraising event. 

We are extremely grateful to those men and women who fought for our freedom in past and present conflicts. 

We all must be mindful of those powerful words ‘Lest We Forget’ and continue to honour those who have fallen, and provide support for those who survived but are in need of our help.”

A commemorative plaque of these immortal words is located on the edge of the cliff at Pentire Point, Polzeath (on the North Cornish coast), where it is believed the poem was composed.

For the Fallen

Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

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